7380 Girard Ave

La Jolla, California


Posted on Oct 16, 2014

Gillispie Boosts Science, Sustainability, and Art Programs With Campus Expansion

La Jolla Patch: The Gillispie School in La Jolla began its school year by unveiling three new learning spaces completed over the summer during its Fay Street campus expansion project. The space additions include a newly renovated science bungalow, a sustainable garden, and an early childhood art atelier, all completed in August 2014…read more. 
Posted on Oct 16, 2014

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week

Based on student interest, preschool Room 1 children have been exploring different kinds of trucks. The truck that’s received the most attention is the red fire engine. After receiving a donated refrigerator box, the students decided to use it to create their own bright red fire truck. They headed outside with large painter’s brushes in hand and got to work on their project!

Posted on Oct 08, 2014

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week


Grade 4 enjoyed their last day of P.E. swim this week!

With fall upon us, our elementary students will take a hiatus from weekly swimming to focus on other sports, like soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

Once the winter months pass and spring arrives along with its warm, sunny days, the students will be back in the pool practicing their backstrokes and dives. ​
Posted on Oct 08, 2014

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week


Grade 6 students participated in a new activity this week in Mrs. Moore’s technology class called “QR Code Scavenger Hunt.”

With iPads in hand, the students searched the campus for 15 hidden QR codes that, when scanned, would pull up a question for them to answer. Questions included school-related trivia, like “How many years ago was the tree on the playground planted?” In groups, the students came up with the answers through research and interviews with faculty and staff members.

This project was an introductory lesson that will help them prepare for their upcoming project of mapping the new science bungalow and sustainability garden using QR codes.
Posted on Oct 08, 2014

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week


Grade 4 students began a new project this week in Mr. Edwards’ science class.
Working outside in the sustainable garden, students were given 24 different rocks and minerals that they will spend the next 5-6 weeks examining and performing tests on to determine their classification.
This week, they began by examining the properties of the specimens, including odor, shape, weight, texture, and color.
Some students were heard saying “This one smells like pennies,” correctly identifying the chemical element, Copper.
Posted on Oct 08, 2014

Gillispie’s Admissions Season Has Begun!

As of October 1, The Gillispie School’s admissions season for the 2015-16 school year has begun!

Current families looking to apply for their younger children and prospective families interested in joining Gillispie can now submit their application(s) for priority enrollment consideration for the 2015-2016 school year.

All applications for priority enrollment consideration are due by January 30, 2015. Applications received after the January 30 deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications can be found on Gillispie’s admissions page.

We invite all current and prospective families to attend one of the following three open house events this year to learn more about what sets a Gillispie education apart:

Preschool-Grade 6 Open House:
Thursday, Jan. 15, 9-10:30
Preschool-Grade 6 Open House:
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 9-10:30
Kindergarten Only Open House:
Thursday, Jan. 22, 9-10:30

We will also be holding three Group Campus Tours on the following Thursdays:

Oct. 23, 8:45-9:15 a.m.
Nov.20, 8:45-9:15 a.m. 
Dec. 18, 8:45-9:15 a.m.

We invite all families to attend one of the Group Tours after drop-off, and encourage you to bring a friend! 

Contact me at bwiczek@gillispie.org to RSVP for any of the above events or for more information regarding admissions.

Here’s to another amazing admissions season at Gillispie!


Brittany Wiczek 
Admissions, Marketing, & Communications Lead
Posted on Sep 16, 2014

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week

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Last week, a toy candle fell behind the loft in the prekindergarten Room 4 classroom. Many children tried different strategies as they attempted to rescue the candle, but by Friday of last week, the candle was still stuck. ​ This week, the children worked together to design a plan for rescuing the candle. They had multiple group “problem solving” discussions where they suggested using either a fire truck or enlisting the help of the big kids (Gillispie elementary students). The children decided to create flags, notes, and signs to let the big kids know they needed help, and gave a presentation to their book buddies to fill them in on the details of Candle Rescue.

This was one of the first exciting projects of the school year for the prekindergarten students, and it allowed them to use critical thinking skills, logic, and reasoning while working on fine motor skills in written communication. It also helped create a collaborative classroom community where all students worked together to achieve a common goal.

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Posted on Sep 08, 2014

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week

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P.E. students kicked off the 2014/15 school year with fun team building exercises! This Grade 5 team building activity is called “Special Solution Removal” Students work together in teams to transport the “special solution” to its proper receptacle for disposal. By working toward a common goal, students are encouraged to practice cooperative learning while maintaining a positive attitude.
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Posted on Sep 08, 2014

Healthy Snack Volunteers Needed!


Friends, we have a problem. Please help Gillispie fill this kitchen with loving, helping hands!

Every Sunday at the La Jolla Open Aire Market, we purchase organic fruits for healthy snack. Now we need the slicers and dicers to make this program happen.

We are in desperate need of Healthy Snack volunteers to help cut fruit in the mornings directly after drop off Monday through Thursday. Snack prep usually takes 20-30 minutes. Time efficient and fun, this is a wonderful way to get to know other parents while making a difference for our students.

If you’re willing to pick up the knife, please email Jessica Yeagle at jyeagle@gillispie.org, and include the dates that you are available.

An imploring,

Alison Fleming  Head of School

Jessica Yeagle Healthy Snack Coordinator
Posted on Sep 08, 2014

Gillispie “Gem” of the Week


What a FANTASTIC first week it has been!

For many of our brave, little early childhood students, this week was their first time at school and away from their parents. Even though this can be a scary step, we saw more teary-eyed Moms and Dads than students this year.

Our K-6 students looked sharp in their new uniforms, and had a great time catching up with classmates and teachers after the long summer break. A highlight of the week was watching students working in the new science bungalow! We are so thankful for this exciting, new space, in addition to the art atelier and learning garden now complete on the Fay Street property.

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