Students enrolled 1139
School leader Mr. Christopher Schuck

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9490 Genesee Avenue
San Diego, CA 92037

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(858) 453-3440
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4 stars
Based on 56 ratings

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October 21, 2013
La Jolla Country Day School has exceeded my expectations in every way. It treats each student as an individual and took my son from a point where I wondered whether college was in his future and now, we believe, he may be Ivy material. This isn't a school for parents who want a cookie cutter approach and want to sit back and critique the place. As with all schools there are plenty of challenges when shaping and re-shaping students. But they did a marvelous job with my sometimes cantakerous son and I couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
Unfortunately, LJCDS has not faired well in the financial down turn. They have accepted an increasingly large number of underperforming, poorly behaved, spoiled kids over the last 5 years. The results have been disastrous. If you have a high functioning, hard working child, this is NOT the school for you. Most LJCDS kids don't want to work hard, and the main emphasis is social connections for the parents. This is not an academic institution no matter how many times the head of school says it to you. If you have a lot of money, and can afford a country club environment, complete with spoiled bratty children,many with learning issues, that don't want to work hard, this is the school for you. Otherwise, you best go elsewhere. Many teachers are dedicated and trying hard with the students that they have to deal with. Lots of bullying by nasty overindulged kids. Glorified, expensive, public school.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
La Jolla Country Day is the finest school in San Diego, no question. Demanding academics taught by a faculty who cares and is willing to work to insure that every student reaches their potential. An arts department that is fantastic and some of San Diego's most competitive athletic teams that win multiple championships each year. LJCD produces young women and men of character who are sought by, and accepted into, the country's finest universities.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2013
Be careful. This is school that thinks the parents work for them. We had our daughter here for several years and just pulled her this last year. We are so much happier. The administration and the teachers want the kids to fit a very specific framework. They talk a wonderful amount about what they care about and their theory of education but in reality they practice something very different. Our daughter is so much happier at a new school, private and nearby. We wish we hadn't wasted these years. Some of the teachers truly care and truly try but they are overwhelmed by the focus of the administration and the overall tone of the school. The more we research, the more we have found out about how many kids have been leaving.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2012
Expensive, and worth every dime. Our son attended the best SD public schools before coming here, and there is no comparison. Don't kid yourself. . . your child will get a far better education in a class of 10-20 students than in a class of 30+ students. Besides pure numbers, these kids (for the most part) WANT to be here. What a concept. . .getting kids to recognize education as a prvilege (rather than a burden)!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2012
Best of the best in San Diego. Closest competitors are Francis Parker or Bishops. However, FP is ugly and in a questionable part of town, and Bishops is religious and requires the kids to wear uniforms (Yuk!). LJCDS looks like a mini college campus, with beautiful, spacious grounds in one of the best, safest areas of San Diego. LJCDS foreign language offerings are incredible. Girls' sports are top-notch, especially basketball and volleyball. The rest of the sports programs are sort of "B+". Great faculty with very happy kids. Not nearly as many "brats" as you would think, given the sort of "fluffy" school name.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2011
The potential is there, but the school really needs some changes...clean house, get rid of the bad teachers and stop taking the weak kids who hold everyone else back. Most importantly, let's see more than talk from the admin...let's see some action.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2011
How very blessed we are as a family with 2 Country Day Students. One currently enrolled and the other just recently graduated. As a low income family we were so fortunate to receive the financial support from the school. This allowed my children to be part of this wonderful community called La Jolla Country Day. I read the majority of the reviews and find it very difficult to understand how any parent could be critical of the School. With the most beautiful campus in the Country to the magnificent Teachers and Staff, Country Day has what every kid needs, character. I just can t emphasize this enough. La Jolla Country Day School is one of the best all around college preparatory schools in the U.S. and the graduates will rock the world.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
We are so happy our children are in the care of loving, supportive, challenging teachers. They look forward to going to school each day. But I totally agree with the previous review. The lack of air conditioning in several classrooms of the lower school is ridiculous. There is no reason for our kids to come home lethargic and cranky for a month when simply adding air conditioning would create a condusive learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
I've attended public school from kindergarten to 8th grade and I can say there really is a difference between the public school system and CD. I've been here for 9th and 10th grade so far and am looking forward to my next two years here. Teachers are available and are extremely willing to talk after class and during free time. Most teachers take a genuine interest in their students and their future. For example, just last week I was able to talk with my history teacher for over an hour (on his free time) about history related extracurriculars that he'd recommend for me next year. Student body is extremely diverse in race and personalities. There really is a group for everyone. The Student Diversity Leadership Club/Conference attendees also work hard to promote tolerance and respect between people of different race, socio-economics, religions, and sexual preference. I myself being a minority, don't feel any tensions here or experience the same amount of labeling I did in public school. Lastly, many programs here depend on the leadership of the students and create many opportunities to get involved! Getting involved is super important to enjoy your time here.

- submitted by a community member
May 29, 2011
Our son just started as a Freshman and has had a terrific experience at this school! Beautiful facilities, yes, but more importantly, an energetic Admin team, willing to to look at everything with a critical eye and move mountains to deliver a top-notch education. As parents, we enjoy the 100% transparency the school operates with- no pretense. Doesn't often win them the PR game more deftly played by other local private schools that present a more "perfect" image. Diverse student body and an amazing faculty teaching these kids to think for themselves. LOVE it!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
Campus resembles a college. Middle school buildings look like a prison and Upper School is so small the kids are on top of one another. Middle School teachers have been there far far too long and are bored and boring. Curriculum is mundane and needs new blood and fresh eyes! Lower School is a joke. $25K for art, sci and music 1x a week! You can get that in public school! Don't come here for elementary. Beware of Middle School unless you enjoy mean girls, cliques and horrible teachers (with a few really great exceptions). If your child is smart, you won't find the challenge they deserve because LJCDS wants them all to fit in a little box. Lots of BMWs in the lot - sixteen and driving Porche's. It's the overarching message sent to the kids here. Lots of entitlement. No community sense whatsoever, very urban, very standoffish. Not for our family.

- submitted by a community member
February 23, 2011
A phenomenal school. It's emphasis on the whole student -- the scholar, the artist, the athlete of character -- fit perfectly with what we hoped for our child -- a rich and balanced life. He has had that and then some at Country Day. I owe the good teachers and forward thinking administrators much for what they have done for my son and my family. You might hear some griping about the place -- but only from parents whose children chose not to engage fully in a school that offers so much.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2011
I have two kids at Country Day and I feel lucky every day that they're at school. The arts, athletics, and academic program that is incorporated in the daily curriculum is unlike any program in San Diego. You really are paying for a top-notch education here. I can't imagine sending my kids anywhere else. It's horrible to see how programs are being cut from the local schools and teachers are being pushed to the max - not so at Country Day - small class sizes, daily arts, music, athletics - it truly is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2011
Amazing place. Rebuilt from the ground up in recent years. World studies, community service, athletes, scholars and artists all. Highly endorse the place

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2011
First off, a quick correction regarding the language program at Country Day....as of the 2011-2012 school year, Latin will no longer be taught at LJCDS. (It used to be a required class in 5th and 6th grades, but, after the current year, this will no longer the case, and the language program will no longer offer Latin as one of its languages. Yes, they have begun to offer both Mandarin and Arabic, and continue to offer both Spanish and French, but the loss of the Latin program is most regrettable. As for the quality of the education, it varies from teacher to teacher and year to year. Most of the teachers are indeed excellent, while others should have retired years ago and truly have no business still teaching. Rather than conducting nation-wide searches to bring in the best and the brightest educators, they often just promote from within. On the positive side, students are exposed to a number of disciplines (art, music, science etc.) at levels not found in the public schools, and the smaller class sizes and close interactions between the (better) teachers and the students make for a pleasant environment in which the children generally thrive.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
Overrated and overpriced. Families are realizing this and yanking their kids. The middle school is just awful. Upper school is better, but a lot depends on the teachers. Some are good, many are incompetent. I thought private schools had no unions but you wouldn't know it from the way bad teachers are protected here.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
Our children were "lifers" at LJCDS. The school delivered everyhing we could have hoped for their future: strong academic achievement in college, successful professional careers, and responsible, caring participants in society. Though not every teacher is a star, enough of them are stellar. They have made significant, positive differences in the lives of our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
LJCDS provides a wide range of educational experiences and opportunities to its students that go beyond academics.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Excellent learning enviroment. Students are given opportunities for community service and are very enthusiatic about helping! Very diverse student body and wonderful teachers!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2009
This is an exceptional school, with loving teachers and supportive parents. As is often the case in a private school, there are always parents who can afford that extra outfit or that extra tutor. But there is more economic diversity than people realize (it's just not anyone's business who is on tuition assistance), and extra tutoring isn't necessary--availing yourselves of the existing experts (the teachers!) is all you need. The Lower School provides a nuturing ,enriching environment; the Middle School introduces students to the variety that will exist in later years, and the high school provides exceptional college preperatory instruction. The entire school fosters character guidance that will serve students well throughout their lives.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2009
The middle school is unbeatably wonderful, but beware of the high school. As soon as the grades/ranking become important for college purposes (9th grade), is when the political favortism rears its ugly head. Most of the tests at the high school level allow the teachers to be very subjective with grading. If you love 20+ hours of weekly homework (including weekends and through the holidays), than this may be the place for you. But, if you are well-rounded and school is only one important component of your life, you may want to think twice before staying for high school or entering at the high school level.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 23, 2009
Pretty remedial education if you ask me. I think the school day is so fast-paced it makes your head spin. They try to be everything to everyone and it falls way short! The teachers are great but the coursework is boring, repetitive and is all about memorizing and regurgitating it for a test. No critical thinking going on here. Not much is expected of the students at least in lower school through 6th grade. Some kids in my grade even have tutors! They do not honor the brightest kids and instead, try to make everyone fit in a little box like we're all learning at the same rate when we just plain don't!! Not enough challenge for the smartest kids. Public school would do a better job (exception music, science and PE). Lots of rich kids with attitude espeically the girls! Phew!

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- submitted by a student
February 07, 2009
Terrific school. From lower, to middle to high school, the headmaster to the preschool, this place is untouchable. They are not perfect, but they set the standard. Lots of wealthy people here, but we are middle class and feel zero pressure from even the most wealthy.

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January 20, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 09, 2009
Country Day is a place where you child can grow to be an individual. The school provides a nuturing environment that allows kids to try different things. The teachers clearly care and have the resources and time to really teach the kids. We have been at the school for four years and most importantly, our kids love it!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2009
It is up to parents to enforce that material things are not important. There is a lot of effort that goes into raising money for the scholarship fund. To give your child the gift of an education like this is priceless. Children are like that at any school- who has what...... it is up to the adults to see through that and give their child something for their future.

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October 04, 2008
im a student at la jolla country day and the teachers are just outstanding. They help you very well when somethings wrong. They also teach you advanced stuff that you would usually learn in highschool. Im very lucky and glad that i go to this school :]

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no rating February 15, 2008
Do your research. They have had some very public issues with bullying in the upper school. There have also raised the tuition in large chunks. Lot of families with too much money and not enough ethics.

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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2007
My son just finished his 1st year (7th grade) and we are very happy with the school. We found the teachers to be superior, the students great kids, and the environment very positive. We wish the homework wasn't so heavy, especially with the new addition of 7th grade semester finals. Sometimes this leaves little or no time for family and outside activities.

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April 11, 2007
Appearances are deceiving. Every time you turn around the school is having another fund raiser and has their hand out. The tuition to this school is way over priced. If you're family is well grounded, then my suggesting to you, do not go here! Pass them right by, you and your child will not be happy!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2007
Your child will not like this school if they are on scholarship! Expensive clothes and money are extremely important at this school, and there is a lot of competition. A less well-off child will feel inferior. Even the teachers are less accomodating to the scholarship kids.

- submitted by a former student
February 01, 2007
Great School. My children Love it!

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no rating June 16, 2006
Great school! Excellent teachers, and education. Best school in S.D.

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May 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
La Jolla Country Day School is in general a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2006
La Jolla Country Day is a wonderful school. The students love being there. The teachers work hard to give a top notch education. The children are generally accepting of others and open new students with open arms.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
Great, progressive school. Teachers in lower school are very supportive. Social/fundraising scene is a bit heavy.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2006
Our child has attended JLCDS since kindergarten and really loves the school, the other children, faculty, and extended day program.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2006
We have a second grader who has attended this school since grade K. So far, we have been very impressed with the professionalism, enthusiasm, and energy of the teachers. These teachers seem extraordinarily attuned to the strengths and weaknesses of each student, and give plenty of individulaized attention to help them succeed academically and socially. Our daughter has really enjoyed learning, and is generally happy there. There is P.E. daily, music 2 X's weekly, and art weekly. Science is twice weekly, as is foreign language. Parents are very involved. There is some international and racial diversity, but the majority of families are well off. The group norm seems to reflect positive behavior and responsibility.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2005
This school is known for having an exceptionally polite group of students, at the elementary level. I do not have information regarding older students. Those who are looking for an atmosphere that encourages manners, couteous behavior, etc., will be very happy.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
This has to be the best school in all of san diego, and probably california. The acedemica are great and so are the sports the school offers!

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- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2005
A great place for your child to learn. The teachers and staff are great. There is a good sports program and the parent support is outstanding. There is a slight problem with grade deflation at the high school level which can influence college placement.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2005
La Jolla Country Day provides a very friendly environment for students to learn. The lower school teachers are good to excellent. There is an excellent orchestra program and arts program. A downside is that there is not a great deal of opportunity for very bright students to go beyond the standard curriculum, however, at least in the lower school.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
Very good academic programs. Pay very detailed attention to students need and personality development. Good social activities.

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La Jolla Country Day School
9490 Genesee Avenue, San Diego, CA  92037
(858) 453-3440
Last modified La Jolla Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
La Jolla Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top