7380 Girard Avenue, La Jolla

Gillispie School / Our School


Welcome to Gillispie where childhood is revered!

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The years marking early childhood through elementary school are not a stage to be hurried or viewed as a means to the end, but as a uniquely wondrous time in their lives. When children ages two to tween come together, their ability to invent and envision is magical. At its core, Gillispie adults and children find joy in learning.

The most recent iteration of our strategic plan, On the Horizon: Journey to 2028, identifies and addresses the three essential priorities of Innovation, Well-being, and Inclusion, which guide our ongoing commitment to inspiring interdisciplinary, hands-on experiences. At Gillispie, academic rigor is defined as work that demands independent, higher-level thinking. We embrace dynamic approaches to problem solving, appreciating that differing views and life experiences make our exchange of ideas richer and help generate insightful solutions.

Recognizing that children are naturally creative problem solvers, students move past the “How?” to get to the “Why?” as they develop an innovator’s mindset defined by curiosity, creativity, empathy, ethical problem solving, resilience, critical thinking, and learning from mistakes.

The investment in these early years is foundational. How will children perceive learning going forward.




Alison Fleming
Head of School

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