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Gillispie at a Glance

Gillispie is a Learning Village in the Village of La Jolla

Our 2.33 acre urban campus is located in the village of La Jolla, encompassing an Early Childhood center with an exploratory playground; a stand-alone cottage for toddlers; a dedicated building for our Kindergarten classes; a two-story elementary building connected to a gymnasium; an outdoor sport court and a sports field; and two historical bungalows which serve as an art bungalow and a Early Childhood art atelier, connected by a sustainable learning garden.

In the summer of 2021, Gillispie opened its Sandbox, a 7,000 square-foot building adjacent to our current campus. Designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation, this bright and colorful space houses our very first theater and multi-purpose space, a music room, library and media center, science classroom, indoor/outdoor makerspace, teaching kitchen, and an outdoor shaded student lunch area.

The Sandbox has transformed the quality of the student experience, supporting each child’s unique journey and growth by empowering students to dream big, think creatively, work collaboratively, and pursue their passions.

Gillispie was established in 1933 by La Jolla residents Dr. Samuel and Ada Gillispie. With support from the La Jolla Kiwanis Club and the community at large, Gillispie grew from a small daycare center for low-income parents to a vibrant, diverse educational community that now serves children age two through Grade 6. It was incorporated as a school in 1953.

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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 270 students, an average of 50 per year qualify for and receive financial aid.

Specialty Classes

In addition to the core curriculum, Gillispie offers 6 specialty classes; Science and Sustainability, Media Literacy, Art, Music, Spanish, and P.E.

Percent Diverse

Gillispie has, on average, 40% students of color, and our families represent an array of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds.

Number of Students

Gillispie has approximately 295 students. We are a large enough school for diversity and variation, and a small enough school for community and individualized attention.

Gillispie School Began in 1933

Gillispie was founded as a small cottage that served hot meals to the underprivileged children in La Jolla in the lean years of the Great Depression.

15 Service Projects

On average, graduating students have participated in 15 meaningful service projects through the school with organizations like the San Diego Blood Bank and Feeding San Diego.

$625,000 offered in Financial Aid

Last year, Gillispie offered $625,000 in Financial Aid to qualifying families.

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