7380 Girard Avenue, La Jolla

Gillispie School / Our School / Mission and Philosophy

Mission Statement

The Gillispie School community is devoted to educational excellence for children in preschool through sixth grade. Our program serves as a springboard for children’s love of learning, creativity, and readiness for the future. We value a nurturing environment that fosters kindness, respect, and individual commitment to the larger world.

Educational Philosophy

Learning is a journey in which children are active participants. Our Preschool through Grade 6 students partner with teachers to further their academic, creative, and social growth. We balance a child-centered approach that does not rush childhood with well-researched academic programs that demand higher-level thinking. We focus on social emotional learning that develops strength of character, kindness towards others, and openness to diverse ideas and cultures. To become positive contributors to society, students must become joyous learners, empathetic citizens of the world, articulate communicators, and independent and confident problem-solvers. At Gillispie, we partner with families to provide the best opportunity for children to achieve these goals.

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.