7380 Girard Avenue, La Jolla

Gillispie School / Our School / Mission and Philosophy

Mission Statement

Gillispie School is a vibrant community devoted to developing empathetic global citizens and resilient learners. We honor and foster each child’s social, emotional, and intellectual journey.


Gillispie School ignites the creative and intellectual potential of children from early childhood to sixth grade. By designing authentic explorations and applying a cross-disciplinary approach, we help children discover their interests and passions. We encourage personal accountability and view mistakes as avenues for learning. Balancing academic programs and a constructivist philosophy, we prepare children for their futures in a way that both challenges and nurtures them along their educational paths. We embrace diversity and appreciate that differing views and life experiences help us generate insightful solutions. At Gillispie, every child is known.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Gillispie School does not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, financial aid determination, or admission and employment practices based on sex/gender, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, age, or any other legally protected class.

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