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Upper School E-Learning, Spring 2020

The Upper School is committed to offering a robust, student-centered e-learning experience that considers the students’ social, emotional and intellectual well-being. Albeit virtually, we are dedicated to providing a rich and relevant experience. 

In the distance learning format, the faculty have adapted the curriculum to maximize efficacy and efficiency while maintaining a meaningful and engaging learning experience.

Examples of E-Learning Activities:
  • Zoom meeting discussions (small, whole, 1:1)
  • Pre-recorded presentation (flipped classroom)
  • Online discussion boards
  • Break-out room discussions/assignments
  • Student presentations, peer reviews
  • Remote lab experiments or simulations
I’ve been finding e-learning to be a close replication of my normal school day, and I’ve found myself less stressed and more productive in terms of school work. In between classes and during office hours, I get my homework done and am able to complete assignments at my own pace, which is really nice.”

Lucy Jaffee,
Class of 2022

E-Learning Schedule Highlights

  • Synchronized academic blocks with Middle School

  • Simplified rotation to promote routine and clarity

  • Wednesdays are asynchronous days. 
    • Students can spend time away from screens while working on assignments and projects for class. 
    • Faculty use the time to prepare, collaborate and reflect to maintain the highest quality learning experience possible. Faculty division and department meetings also occur during this time. 

  • 60-minute classes encourage a balance between synchronous (virtual interactions with teachers in real-time) and asynchronous ((independent learning, self-paced) learning experiences.

  • Well defined office hours for students to meet with teachers

  • A late start to ease the morning

  • H block is reserved for co-curricular programs (ie. advisory, wellness, Flex-Time, clubs, etc.)

  • Family lunchtime across all divisions

 Click here to view the E-Learning Schedule for Upper School

Together at Home

Neuroscience Project

Neuroscience students created websites for their drugs of addiction project. View the ecstasy project and the cocaine project.

Model UN E-Conference

LJCDS students in partnership with The Preuss School UC San Diego hosted the inaugural Torrey and Triton Model United Nations Conference. Read more here.
The circumstances have forced us to adapt quickly and motivated us to look creatively to the future. It has become abundantly evident that our community is capable of overcoming any challenge and that we are eager to explore what positive impacts the current circumstances will have on secondary education.”

Tom Trocano,
head of Upper School

Spanish I and II

Spanish I and II video conferenced with a professor and scientist from Madrid, Dr. Pablo Vargas, who spoke about globalization and the role spices played in Magallanes’ expedition.

AP English Language

AP English Language students videoconferenced with the research librarian at the Keck School of Medicine at USC to discuss how to best search for credible sources for scholarly papers.

AP United States Government & Politics

Students in AP United States Government & Politics videoconferenced with Lauren Pischel, M.D., ’07 who is on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19.

Upper School Team

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Thomas Trocano

    Thomas Trocano 

    Head of Upper School
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  • Photo of Rachel Clouser

    Rachel Clouser Ed.D. 

    Assistant Head of Upper School for Student Life and Faculty Enrichment
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  • Photo of David Jenkins

    David Jenkins 

    Assistant Head of Upper School for Student Life and College Counseling
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  • Photo of Jennifer Boock

    Jennifer Boock 

    Upper School Administrative Assistant
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May I just say that my husband and I are simply astounded by how wonderful you all have been. You have been so proactive from the very beginning, and we are so impressed. Knowing that my child's school is taking care of his needs so comprehensively has helped enormously. Thank you, thank you, thank you."

Julie Breher P’22

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