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. An independent, private school located in downtown La Jolla, Gillispie School enrolls students from Preschool through Grade 6. Our inspiring campus includes beautiful outdoor learning spaces, a fine arts center, science bungalow, sports field, sustainable garden, library, and gymnasium with a rock climbing wall.
We invite all students to join us for a summer program filled with exploration and discovery at our Learning Village in La Jolla! To keep your child fully engaged in purposeful learning and warm-weather fun, Gillispie School offers an 8-week Parent Toddler Exploration Program (PTEP), an exciting Early Childhood Camp for students ages 3-4 and a diverse array of Elementary Camp Classes for children in Grades K-6.
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.
Our expertise in childhood education ages two through twelve creates learning foundations for life.
These are the years that make all the difference. We celebrate rather than rush childhood.
Our students construct their knowledge through relevant, project-based education.
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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