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Gillispie’s Kindergarten provides a smooth transition bridging the early childhood and elementary school programs. We are dedicated to challenging our students to greater achievement while responding to each child individually. Understanding that play is the work of young children, we continuously encourage our children to grow both socially and academically throughout our busy days.


The processes of reading and writing go hand-in-hand, and many of the activities in Kindergarten address both of these skills. Guided by Lucy Calkins’ Reading and Writing Workshop, teachers use a variety of alphabet games, read-alouds, word-building activities, journaling, and more, to help children gain the foundations necessary to see themselves as readers and writers. As the school year progresses, they will become more comfortable with decoding and sounding out words, as well as recognizing key sight words. Throughout the year, we will continuously address both the phonetic nature of words as well as the deeper comprehension of text. Children will be continuously assessed and activities will be planned based on their individual development and needs.


Number sense, mathematical thinking, and problem solving skills are taught through the use of the Singapore Math program. Using a hands-on and mental math approach, application of math concepts and skills are taught through a wide range of activities.

Social Studies and Science

Students study the La Jolla community and take an in-depth look at the continent of Australia. Integrating social studies and science provides an opportunity for these young learners to make connections while gaining a global perspective.


Each week, students attend classes in art, library, music, Spanish, technology, and physical education, so that they may develop awareness of a wide range of content and practice and build essential skills.

Kindergarten at a glance

Educational Philosophy:
Social-constructivist inspired

Class Sizes:
8:1 or lower ratio

Full-day program  8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Extended Care (optional):
7:30-8 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.

*2017/18 Tuition:
$2,138 per month

*Learn more about affording a Gillispie education through financial assistance. 

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