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Upper School

The Upper School has developed a comprehensive plan for the 2020–2021 academic year. Whether online or on-campus, the team continues to provide an engaging and joyful learning experience for all students while remaining nimble and preparing to shift accordingly as circumstances change.

Daily Schedule

The Upper School conducts a full day of classes for students. Click here for the Grades 9–12 schedule.

  • The school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.

  • Classes will be scheduled in A through G-Blocks

  • H-Block and I-Block are designated for student-programing such as an interdisciplinary initiative, advisory, flex blocks, clubs, etc.

  • The schedule intentionally follows the same A/E day meeting pattern as the Middle School, which will support teachers who instruct in both the MS and US while simplifying the overall meeting pattern.

Grades 9 and 10

8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Drop-off  7:30–8:20 a.m.
Pickup  3–4 p.m.
Gym Lot (Eastgate Mall)

Grades 11 and 12

8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Drop-off  7:30–8:20 a.m.
Pickup  3–4 p.m.
Gym Lot (Eastgate Mall)
 
 

Procedures and Protocols

Student Cohorts

    • There are two cohorts in Upper School, students in Grades 9–10 and students in Grades 11–12

    • During the school day, teachers will move between cohorts. 

    • Students will continue to have a rich variety of course selections. 

    Indoor/Outdoor Classrooms

    • Classes are designed to utilize both indoor and outdoor spaces, with between 45-60 minutes of indoor instruction/interaction before transitioning to an outdoor classroom space.

    • Outdoor spaces provide shading, desks/tables, seats and learning tools as well as technology and power to the best of our ability.

    • 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.

    List of 8 items.

    • Communication/Technology

      • All Upper School students will access course information and resources through the Blackboard learning management system. 

      • Zoom will be used when needed for online or hybrid instruction.

      • We also use Swivl, a robotic mount, which tracks and videos a moving person, in a few Upper School classrooms to facilitate learning for students at home or in an adjacent classroom.
    • Contact Tracing Technology

      For faculty/staff and Upper School students, LJCDS will utilize a technology application called Trace, which uses Bluetooth to allow for more efficient and accurate contact tracing should an individual test positive for the virus. 

      The purpose of contact tracing is to promote public health efforts. The names of positive people will not be disclosed to the individuals with whom they may have had close contacts.

      In the event of infection, contact tracing will occur, CDC protocols will be exercised and close contacts will be isolated.
    • Service Learning and Experiential Learning

      Our service-learning program has been modified for school-sponsored service-learning opportunities on campus. Students continue to have meaningful interactions with non-profit organizations and learn about the systemic challenges our society faces. We are working with community partners and addressing their needs while keeping everyone safe.

      Upper School experiential learning has been modified for 2020–2021 to take place on campus. We partnered with World Leadership School to bring our students the Youth Purpose Summit in September and will revisit this experience throughout the year. 
    • Before And After School Activities and Expectations

      As always, the health and safety of our community is paramount. Clear protocols and expectations for how and where students should proceed once they arrive on campus will be provided at a later date.
    • Learning Resource Center

      LRC support services continue and Learning Specialists push into assigned indoor and outdoor spaces to work with students 1:1 or within cohorts.
    • Athletics

      The CIF San Diego Section remains committed to resuming high school athletic practices on Dec. 12 with contests starting just after the new year. LJCDS is planning for a mid-November return to on-campus workouts and training. More info will follow as it becomes available. Contact your head coach or Athletic Director Jeff Hutzler at jhutzler@ljcds.org with any questions.
    • Arrival Process

      The arrival process to school is different this year to ensure the health and safety of our community. Click here to learn more about the arrival process.
    • Return to Campus Checklist

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

    Upper School Team

    List of 4 members.

    • Photo of Thomas Trocano

      Thomas Trocano 

      Head of Upper School
    • Photo of Rachel Clouser

      Rachel Clouser Ed.D. 

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

      David Jenkins 

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

      Jennifer Boock 

      Upper School Administrative Assistant
    The talent, dedication and creativity of our faculty and staff will position us to deliver the educational and experiential excellence our families expect from LJCDS. 

    Tom Trocano, Head of Upper School