If you have children or know you may one day, you know how important schooling is or will be. With such variance in education, you naturally want to make sure your child is getting the right experience, the best one for helping them to grow and succeed. La Jolla has numerous public and private schools that makes picking hard…only because there are many great options! That’s why we’ve put together this page, to break down the most critical information for top, local La Jolla schools, from pre-school to 12th grade.
Update: We have also recently added a page about online learning, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Academic Standing Overall
Education here is highly ranked not just by parents and teachers, but by test scores. La Jolla scores a 9 out of 10 on GreatSchools.com for its academic standing, a good many points above the average school in the U.S.
Public Elementary Schools
There are 3 public elementary schools: Bird Rock, La Jolla & Torrey Pines — each one located further north than the next. These are predominantly based on where you reside. For example, if you’re looking to buy a home near the Southern end of La Jolla, you’re child will most likely attend Bird Rock Elementary. All three schools are much loved by those that attend, and the PTA (Parent Teacher Associations) are definitely not short of members. Involvement is huge.
Public Middle School
Children graduate from elementary school and enter this transitional few years before hitting the SAT-filled halls of high schools. Because there is so much change during this time of kids’ lives, we know how important selecting the right middle school is.
Muirlands Middle School, a very highly rated public institution and has 1,090 students and has about 22 students to the teacher. It has very competitive test scores and leads students smoothly into their next chapter.
Public High School
Once children have made it up the ladder to high schools; congratulations! They’re almost there. The main public school for the city is an easy name to remember, La Jolla High School. Known for its sports teams and high rating, it hosts about 1600 students. And though it has a large school body, there are only about 22 students to the teacher.
Private & Niche Schools
The private schools are a large draw in this city, whether its kindergarteners diving into the world in a safe, mind-engaging environment or high school students gearing up for higher education through college prep, SATs, AP classes and more. Some of these schools aren’t simply elementary or middle school either, they include many grades that is ideal for people with children of various ages. Check out some of the top options!
The Bishop’s School
Middle School through High school (6-12)
This elite, highly regarded schools is an independent school designed as a college-prep education; its roots in the Episcopalian church have been here since its founding in 1909.
La Jolla Country Day
Toddler/Pre-K — High School
This top notch, 24 acre school is part of a nationwide private school system that even accepts international applicants for high school. Not only are the academics and extracurriculars top of the line, but your children, whether they’re 4 or 14, can all head to the same spot!
The Children’s School
Toddler/Pre-K — 8th
This progressive school is all about its students being 21st century learners, emphasizing outreach projects that go outside the classroom walls. This school believe strongly in academic, social and environmental curriculum.
Stella Maris Academy
K — 8th
This is the school associated with the Parochial School for Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic, located right in the heart of the La Jolla Village. It’s proud to intertwine faith and tradition with positive growth and learning.
The Evans School
K — 6th
This education institution, hosted up on Mt. Soledad, is known for a focus on education that’s not only academically nurturing, but about respect, kindness and being faith-centered. They also have a focus on small class sizes and parental involvement.
The Gillispie School
Pre-K — Elementary
From ages 2 to grade 6, this schools is all seeing learning as a journey, using their skills, resources and facilities to not only teach children, but create a love of learning.
San Diego French American School
Pre-K through 8th grade
Mais oui! Whether your children uttered their first words in French or don’t have the best grasp of the language yet, this bi-lingual, multi-cultural school is a great place to foster language learning and development. They seek to pick the best of both the French and American school systems to create a powerful learning environment.
Montessori School of La Jolla
Pre-K & Kindergarten
Montessori seeks to activate and stimulate all the senses to create a learning environment that’s inquiring and cooperative, where students are not simply taught. They grow through self and teacher-initiated activities, in a classroom with children of different ages, not simply their own.
Southern California Yeshiva High School
This is an all-boys high school known for its highly advanced college preparatory design and its strong roots in Torah-rooted Judaism. Its reputation is proven by the numbers of students it’s sent to top of the line and Ivy League universities.
The Preuss School
College-preparatory charter school
This is a charter-school that has a top priority of sending kids to college who will be their first in their family to graduate from university. Located on the UCSD campus, it truly encompasses a culture of higher education and learning.
Beth Montessori At Bethel
Pre-K through Kindergarten
This is another Montessori School option, the main difference being that it integrates both secular Montessori philosophy and Judaism. This program also provides a unique bi-lingual experience in both English and Spanish.
All Hallows Academy
K — 8th
This Christian-based school has a strong emphasis on integrating faith and academic excellence, which is demonstrated through their motto: “Where Faith and Education Meet”.
If you’re looking strictly at preschools? We’ve got those narrowed down for you here:
- UCSD Early Childhood Center School
- Little Steps Christian Preschool
- La Jolla United Methodist Church Nursery School
- La Jolla Preschool Academy
- La Jolla Presbyterian Church Preschool
Outside the Classroom
By getting the basic facts, we hope you can narrow down some of the options that most jump out at you! Once they’re enrolled and need a break from schooling, there’s plenty else for them to explore in La Jolla, which you can learn about at our blog: Children’s Events.