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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A+

Applying

Application Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
$125
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$35,870
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
18%
Average Financial Aid
$25,195
From La Jolla Country Day School

La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent school in San Diego, California, serving young scholars age 3 to Grade 12 on a single campus. LJCDS prepares students for a lifetime of intellectual exploration, personal growth and social responsibility. The school is committed to inspiring greatness for a better world by fostering a culture and a community that leads with dignity.

La Jolla Country Day School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1330
162 responses
Average ACT
30
131 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 24 responses
  • Homecoming
    17%
  • Ringing the bell at graduation
    17%
  • Homecoming
    13%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Spirit Week
    13%
  • Back to school dance
    8%
  • Fall Pep Rally
    4%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    1,107
    65%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.20 responses
    60%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.20 responses
    55%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.20 responses

    Preschool

    Annual Cost
    $22,020
    Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
    Starting Age
    3
    Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
    7:1
    Schedule Options
    • Offers Full Week
      Yes
    • Offers Part Week
      Yes
    • Offers Full Day
      Yes
    • Offers Part Day
      Yes

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    92%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.24 responses
    Poll
    92%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.24 responses
    Poll
    96%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.24 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Very High
    Boys Athletic Participation
    Very High
    81%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.16 responses
    69%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.16 responses
    75%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.16 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      D-
    2. Good for Families
      A
    3. Housing
      C
    Median Household Income
    $84,425
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $2,099
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $583,191
    National
    $184,700

    La Jolla Country Day School Reviews

    135 reviews
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    Best decision we could have ever made!
    In 2006, we visited every private school in San Diego that we could in order to find the perfect place for our two children (then 4 & 2). LJCDS was our choice and 14 years later we can confirm that it was the best school for our children!

    When we were looking for a school, character education was very important to us. LJCDS was the only school that advertised their character education prominently in the admissions process. (Happily- they lived up to their promises too!) Today, LJCDS is still focused on character, through their emphasis of "dignity" in all things. It is truly impressive.

    One of our children was academically gifted and a talented athlete but didn't appreciate the arts. Our other child is academically average but a gifted athlete and talented artist. Both found their way at LJCDS. Both have thrived. Both are better citizens because of attending this fine institution.
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    Country Day is one school that truly cares about their students. You have teachers working overtime for their students making sure they feel safe and comfortable to learn and ask as many questions that pop into their minds. You have deans and head of schools making sure rules and schedules are changed constantly to help students reach their top game in scholastic. LJCDS even gives amazing opportunities 24/7 for students to take advantage of. Traveling/studying abroad, being able to collaborate with other schools and solve problems about the inequalities of the world today, being given the chance to give back to communities such as re-building NOLA. Country Day truly values student's life, learning and overall well being.
    Thumb’s up! LJCDS had a higher level of open-mindedness and flexibility than Bishop’s rigid program and arbitrary rules. Our child was above grade level in math and science and got an individualized 4-year program. The school incorporates current research on teaching/neuroscience into the curriculum (teaching mindfulness for stress management, for example). Our child became excited about school; the English teacher made Macbeth very exciting and AP calc was an adventure. The biology teacher took the time to get to know our child’s interests outside the classroom and designed a year-end project (at much extra effort on the teacher’s part) to incorporate them. No school is perfect, of course. We wanted a stronger computer science curriculum since this was our child’s future field, so we found programming classes elsewhere.