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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, we are confident we 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 Upper School plans to conduct 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.
Genesee Parking Lot

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)

Return to Campus Videos

Key Dates

  • September 29: First Day of On-Campus Learning – Grade 9
  • October 1: First Day of On-Campus Learning – Grade 10
  • October 5: First Day of On-Campus Learning – Grade 11
  • October 6: First Day of On-Campus Learning – Grade 12

Student Cohorts

  • Cohorts will be groups of 35 to 50 students who are enrolled in three to five common courses.
  • Each grade level will consist of three cohorts that will be provided to students the week of August 10.
  • The students in a cohort will remain together for as long as it is deemed necessary for student/community safety.

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

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

  • The complexity of creating cohorts increases with grade level and this will require us to conduct some classes using online or hybrid protocols. More details to come in late July. 

  • An online class will be available to all students in real-time or via recording.

  • hybrid class will have an online component that will be delivered to several cohorts at once, while the lead instructor or another qualified instructor will interact with students in person regularly.

Indoor/Outdoor Classrooms

  • Each cohort will use up to three indoor classroom spaces (depending on the size of the cohort) as well as specifically assigned and shared outdoor learning space as scheduled.  

  • Faculty are currently planning and adapting their course structures to make the most of 20 to 30 minutes of indoor instruction/interaction before transitioning to an outdoor classroom space.

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

  • Faculty are also considering the mechanics needed to pivot to and from an e-learning environment with minimal disruption should circumstances change before or during the school year.

  • 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 6 items.

  • Communication/Technology

    • All Upper School students will access course information and resources through the Blackboard learning management system. We will communicate the expectations for use by students and faculty at a later date.

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

    • We will 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.
  • Service Learning and Experiential Learning

    LJCDS is committed to providing service and experiential learning opportunities virtually, on campus (when possible) and off campus (when possible) for service-learning programming both in and out of classrooms. In the fall, students will attend the World Leadership School virtually. In the spring, there may be opportunities to travel (within 175 miles of LJCDS) depending on health and safety advisories.
  • 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 will continue and Learning Specialists will push into assigned indoor and outdoor spaces to work with students 1:1 or within cohorts.
  • Athletics

    As determined by CIF, the start of Upper School athletics will begin in mid-December. Traditionally, there are three athletic seasons: fall, winter and spring. This year, athletics has been condensed into two seasons, with fall athletics starting in mid-December and spring in March. 

    Playing all of our sports and fielding all of our teams into two seasons comes with challenges. We are working through meticulous planning. 

    The state provided the end dates for each sports’ season but each section may determine the start dates for their sports. The CIF San Diego Section will publish our start dates on August 14.

    Physical Examination Update: The state had originally provided for a 30-day physical waiver, but due to the fall season starting in December, that has changed. All athletes must have a completed physical on file with our athletic trainer, Christine Mitchell, before he/she may participate in athletic practices in December and/or March. 
  • 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.

Upper School Team

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Thomas Trocano

    Thomas Trocano 

    Head of Upper School
    (858) 453-3440 x464
  • Photo of Rachel Clouser

    Rachel Clouser Ed.D. 

    Assistant Head of Upper School for Student Life and Faculty Enrichment
    (858) 453-3440 x170
  • Photo of David Jenkins

    David Jenkins 

    Assistant Head of Upper School for Student Life and College Counseling
    (858) 453-3440 x221
  • Photo of Jennifer Boock

    Jennifer Boock 

    Upper School Administrative Assistant
    (858) 453-3440 x126
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

La Jolla Country Day School

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