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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. 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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 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.

Upcoming Open House Dates
General Open House

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Kindergarten Open House

Friday, January 19, 2018

General Open House

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Early Admission for Toddler Year

New this year, we have introduced an Early Admission process for our Toddler Year (Ages 2-3) for the 2018-19 school year! If you'd like to get a head start on securing a space for your toddler for the 2018-19 school year, the new Early Admission application deadline is January 3, 2018.

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Gillispie Graduates Shine in Top Area Schools

We design our educational experiences to develop students who are:

CURIOUS, CREATIVE & PASSIONATE learners

TRUSTWORTHY, EMPATHETIC & KIND citizens of the world

ARTICULATE, OPEN-MINDED collaborators and communicators

INDEPENDENT, CONFIDENT & COURAGEOUS problem-solvers

Our Philosophy and Community Values
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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.