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. 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.

Foundations for Life

Toddler to Tween

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

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.

Remarkable Results

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

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.

Gillispie at a Glance
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 Aid

We strive to make a Gillispie education accessible for everyone. Of our roughly 260 students, an average of 50 per year qualify for and receive financial aid.

Specialty Classes

In addition to the core curriculum, Gillispie offers 7 speciality classes; Science and Sustainability, Technology, Library, Art, Music, Spanish, and P.E.

Percent Diverse

Gillispie has, on average, 27% students of color, and our families represent an array of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds.

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


Our Philosophy and Community Values

Students Love Gillispie

From the time they enter our preschool to the day they graduate elementary, Gillispie students exhibit a love of learning. In this video, Grade 6 students share some of their favorite memories of their time at Gillispie.

Interested in Learning More?

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.