La Jolla Country Day School

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La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla County Day School sign.jpg
Entrance sign
9490 Genesee Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
MottoScientia Pacifica (Peace through Knowledge)
Established1926 (as the Balmer School)
Head of schoolDr. Gary W. Krahn
GradesNursery through Grade 12
Number of students1,120[1]
Color(s)Royal Blue, White
MascotTorrey Pine

La Jolla Country Day School (known informally as "Country Day" or "LJCDS") is an independent school in La Jolla, a community of San Diego, California. The school contains a lower school (consisting of nursery through fourth grade), a middle school (grades 5–8), and an upper school (grades 9–12).

The school's motto is "Scientia Pacifica" (peace through knowledge).

La Jolla Country Day School was voted the best private school in San Diego in 2007 by the San Diego Union-Tribune.[2]


Louise Balmer moved her four children to California after the death of her husband, and earned a teaching certificate. In 1926 she used a small house on Coast Boulevard as a makeshift schoolhouse for four students [3] and three teachers. The Balmer School expanded, eventually holding classes in kindergarten through fifth grade in what is now the La Jolla Historical Society on Prospect Street. In 1955, the school received its charter to teach middle and upper school classes, and in 1961 moved to its current location. The first class of seniors graduated in 1964.[4]

The campus now contains a theater, a library, an outdoor amphitheater, a double gymnasium, sports fields, tennis courts, and computer and science labs, all funded by students' parents.[citation needed]


La Jolla Country Day School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, the school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

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  3. ^ "History of LJCDS | Day School in la Jolla, CA".
  4. ^ "Louise Balmer: Founder, Teacher, Pioneer". February 7, 2017.
  5. ^ "MarketInk: Fox News' Tucker Carlson had 'Happiest Childhood' in la Jolla". April 24, 2017.

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Coordinates: 32°52′42″N 117°13′1″W / 32.87833°N 117.21694°W / 32.87833; -117.21694