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La Jolla Country Day School

Private | K-12 | 1139 students


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Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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.
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Posted 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!
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 7, 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 9, 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

Posted January 8, 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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Posted October 4, 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 :]
—Submitted by a student

Posted 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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Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted February 1, 2007

Great School. My children Love it!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 16, 2006

Great school! Excellent teachers, and education. Best school in S.D.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 17, 2006

La Jolla Country Day School is in general a great school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 2, 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

Posted March 28, 2006

Great, progressive school. Teachers in lower school are very supportive. Social/fundraising scene is a bit heavy.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 10, 2006

Our child has attended JLCDS since kindergarten and really loves the school, the other children, faculty, and extended day program.
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Posted January 2, 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.
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Posted 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 26%
Two or more races 11% 3%
Hispanic 8% 52%
Black 2% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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9490 Genesee Avenue
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