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Middle School

The Middle School has developed a comprehensive plan for the 2020–2021 academic year. Whether online or on-campus, we are confident our team will provide a rich, engaging and meaningful learning experience for all students. We will remain nimble and prepared to shift accordingly as circumstances change.

Return to Campus Checklist

We have created a checklist to help you prepare for the on-campus learning. Click here to review the checklist.

Daily Schedule

The Middle School plans to conduct a full day of classes for students. Click here for the Grades 5–8 schedule.

To support health checks, sanitizing and traffic patterns LJCDS will have staggered start/end times:

Grades 5 and 6

8:20 a.m.–2:40 p.m. 
Drop-off  7:30–8:20 a.m.
Pickup  2:40–3 p.m.
Eastgate Parking Lot

Grades 7 and 8

8:40 a.m.–3:20 p.m.
Drop-off  7:30–8:40 a.m.
Pickup  3:20–3:40 p.m.
Eastgate Parking Lot

Return to Campus Videos

Key Dates

  • September 24: First Day of On-Campus Learning - Grades 5 and 6
  • September 29: First Day of On-Campus Learning - Grades 7 and 8

Indoor/Outdoor Classrooms

  • Classes will be designed to utilize both indoor and outdoor spaces, with no more than 20-30 minutes indoors before students proceed to outdoor assigned classroom learning space

  • Shading will be available as well as desk and chairs for outdoor classes

  • Rainy Day/Heat: Given our indoor/outdoor learning model, we are prepared to run a rainy day/heat index schedule (similar to a snow day) whereby students and teachers will engage in the day's content from home. We will attempt to closely monitor the weather to provide advanced notice. The heat index of 100 degrees or higher for the coast will be used for closing campus and switching to online learning.

Student Cohorts

  • We are designing cohorts, groups of students who will stay together with assigned teachers throughout the school day to minimize group mixing. 

  • Cohorts will be comprised of 15-19 students in the Middle School

  • Grades 5 and 6 will have 4 cohorts each. To the extent possible in Grades 5 and 6, cohorts will not travel, teachers will come to them.

  • Grades 7 and 8 will have 6 cohorts each. However, as the grade level increases in Middle School so too does the complexity of creating cohorts while maintaining the variety of course offerings. Therefore, each grade will be divided into 2 large pods composed of 3 cohorts. The students in these pods will have 3 to 5 common courses and will remain together for as much of the school year as needed.

List of 9 items.

  • Essential Questions/Interdisciplinary

    One of the overarching goals of our elective program is to create pathways for our Middle School students to explore interests outside of traditional academic courses in areas such as the arts and design and innovation. In this COVID-19 environment, many of our electives would be challenged or prohibited from running as designed. In response, we’ve reimagined our current space and have decided to leverage our faculty’s talents. We are currently designing our reimagined elective programs.
  • Grade 7 Math Update

    The Middle School math team has been working hard this summer to develop the new Integrated Math 5th to 8th-grade sequence. This sequence responds to the demands of mathematics in the 21st century, highlights the interconnectedness of math concepts, weaves algebra throughout, and is commensurate with the integrated math sequences offered by high achieving countries internationally.  
    After much discussion, we have decided to make the sequence available to all students and to group all students into heterogeneous cohorts. This option to shift to heterogeneous groupings aligns with the model that has been successfully implemented in the fifth grade. If your child was originally placed in Integrated Math 7, Honors, they will still be able to engage in honors-level content and earn an honors designation on their Grade 7 transcript in the heterogeneously grouped cohort. 
    Additionally, every student in the Integrated Math sequence can choose to pursue an honors designation. Each lesson within each unit of study will have tiered activities and extensions. By successfully completing challenges or extensions, each student will be given the opportunity to earn an “Honors Level” designation. Honors-level tasks and assignments will be made available in place of, rather than in addition to, on-grade-level work. We aim to be proactive and transparent in our communication to students and families regarding how, and when, students can take advantage of these opportunities. 
    We are excited that we are designing limitless classrooms where we can meet every student’s needs, and we are confident that the integrated approach will meet the needs of all learners.
  • Hybrid Model

    The LJCDS hybrid model combines face-to-face learning and synchronous learning for students. In some cases, cohorts will be split between two physical locations, with one group of students receiving direct instruction, while another group is learning remotely via Zoom. In a few cases, some students will connect synchronously with their teachers and classmates from home. More details to follow.
  • Technology

    • The Middle School will continue to utilize the Blackbaud portal for both students and families. Course information, class assignments and school information will be posted on the portal.  

    • Formative will also be available for teachers to use to create digital formative assignments/assessments.

    • Zoom will be used if needed when students are not on campus or when a teacher needs to stream to another classroom on campus.

    • We will also be piloting the use of Swivl, a robotic mount that tracks and records a moving person in a few Middle School classrooms.
  • Early Care/Extended Day

    We know several of our families rely on our Extended Care options. As our first priority is the health and safety of our community, this service will be modified. Morning drop off for Extended Care will start at 7:30 a.m. We are still finalizing plans for Extended Day that honors our cohort model. Please fill out this survey to help inform our plans for Extended Day.
  • Learning Resource Center

    Specialists will push into assigned outdoor spaces and work with students 1:1 or within cohorts.
  • Physical Education 5–6

    Middle School students will participate in physical education outdoors and in the gym with other members of their cohorts. They will not be changing into PE uniforms and should plan on wearing appropriate clothing/shoes for PE to school.
  • Physical Ed/Athletics 7–8

    The South Coast Middle School League has yet to determine how, when and if Middle School athletics will be played in 2020-2021. Athletic directors will meet once campuses successfully reopen to formulate a plan that is safe and healthy for all the SCMSL member schools’ Middle School students.  

  • Arrival Process

    The arrival process to school will be different this year to ensure the health and safety of our community. Click here to learn more about the arrival process.

Middle School Team

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Kristy Johnson

    Kristy Johnson 

    Head of Middle School
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  • Photo of Meghan Edwards

    Meghan Edwards 

    Assistant Head of Middle School for Academics and Global Education
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  • Photo of Indigo Dow

    Indigo Dow 

    MS History Educator; MS Dean of Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement; Asst. Football Coach
    (858) 453-3440 x228
  • Photo of Alicia Deutz

    Alicia Deutz 

    Middle School Administrative Assistant and Attendance
    (858) 453-3440 x115
I have every confidence that our LJCDS team will deliver the educational excellence that you expect.

Kristy Johnson,
 Head of Middle School

La Jolla Country Day School

9490 Genesee Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

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