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Our Ongoing Commitment to Quality Education.

Gillispie School has received joint accreditation by the Western Association of Schools (WASC) and Colleges and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). The accreditation process is rigorous as described by CAIS: “The accreditation process includes a written self-study based on 16 standards with responses to questions about every aspect of the school. This report is followed by an on-site visit by a team of educators who look into every aspect of the school’s programs and operations to assess its effectiveness in fulfilling the school’s stated purposes.”

In its last accreditation granted in spring of 2016, Gillispie was accredited for seven years, the maximum period given by CAIS and WASC. The CAIS accreditation process has been approved by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Gillispie School also is a member in good standing with NAIS, San Diego Consortium of Independent Schools, North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA), and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).


Gillispie Endowment for Excellence in Teaching.

One of the most exceptional aspects of Gillispie School is our teaching staff. These dedicated employees are the lifeblood of the Gillispie Experience, and Gillispie and its community invest heavily in recruiting, retaining, and enriching these extraordinary individuals through the Gillispie School Endowment for Excellence in Teaching.

In 2009, an anonymous donor family seeded the Endowment with a gift of $1.5 million, and offered a challenge grant to match the gifts and pledges of our community for an additional $1.5 million. With great enthusiasm, our community met the challenge, and in 2011, the Endowment for Excellence in Teaching was established with a total of $4.5 million.

The Endowment’s purpose is to retain and secure the best teachers while creating a culture that makes excellence in teaching a top priority of the School. Eighty percent of the interest garnered from the corpus of the funds is used each year toward supplementing salaries or providing discretionary funds for outstanding work, while approximately 20% is designated for professional growth opportunities.

To date, the Gillispie School Endowment of Excellence in Teaching has paid out over $1,125,000 in faculty compensation and professional growth funds.

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