7380 Girard Avenue, La Jolla


Welcome to Gillispie School

Gillispie is a school where children can’t wait to arrive, never want to leave, and are eager to share their day’s adventures with families and friends. We are an independent, private school located in downtown La Jolla that educates the hearts and minds of students, age 2 through Grade 6. Through our cross-disciplinary, collaborative curriculum, our students have endless hands-on opportunities to discover and explore new passions. They are cheered on by a diverse community that honors and fosters each child’s social, emotional, and intellectual journey--inspiring a generation of joyous learners, independent and confident problem solvers, articulate communicators, and thoughtful citizens of the world.

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Seeing is believing! Join us for a personal campus tour and information session and discover what sets us apart. Experience our vibrant community of innovators in action by observing indoor and outdoor classrooms and speaking with our admissions team and faculty. Visit our inspiring campus with its spacious, well-lit, and ventilated classrooms. Our campus also includes beautiful outdoor learning spaces, an art atelier and bungalow, science and design lab, sports field, library and media center, music room, theater and multi-purpose space and much more!


Gillispie Foundations

These foundations are the pillars of our educational philosophy, and at Gillispie, we believe that learning is a journey in which children are active participants.

Toddler to Tween

Our expertise in childhood education ages two through twelve creates learning foundations for life.

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The Journey Matters

These are the years that make all the difference. We celebrate rather than rush childhood.

Learn by Doing

Our students construct their knowledge through relevant, project-based education.

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Remarkable Results

Graduates enroll at top schools, have a love of learning, care for their community, are original thinkers, and exhibit kindness to others.

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At Gillispie, Kids are Known, Challenged, and Loved

We specialize in developing young learners into independent thinkers of good character. Respecting the ideas of children, teachers support each child’s individual contribution to the learning process. In our Reggio-inspired preschool and throughout our constructivist elementary program, children are inspired to get to the “why,” not just the “how.” Gillispie graduates emerge exceptionally prepared for success in middle school.

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Gillispie at a Glance
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Average Class Size

Students never get lost in the numbers. Low student/teacher ratios and small class sizes help ensure that we are focusing on the needs of each child.

Students Receive Financial Assistance

We strive to make a Gillispie education accessible for everyone. Of our roughly 270 students, an average of 50 per year qualify for and receive financial assistance.

Specialty Classes

In addition to the core curriculum, Gillispie offers 6 specialty classes; Science and Sustainability, Media Literacy, Art, Music, Spanish, and P.E.

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Percent Diverse

Gillispie has, on average, 40% students of color, and our families represent an array of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds.

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Gillispie Graduates Shine in Top Area Schools

We design our educational experiences to develop students who are:


TRUSTWORTHY, EMPATHETIC & KIND citizens of the world

ARTICULATE, OPEN-MINDED collaborators and communicators


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When you visit our La Jolla Village campus, not only will you see the magical moments that make each learning opportunity here special, you will feel the warmth and sense of community that our environment brings.

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