Although there are many great public and private schools in Rancho Santa Fe often times the families that live in Rancho Santa Fe choose to send their children to a private school that serves all of San DiegoCounty. One of those schools is La Jolla Country Day School.
La Jolla Country Day School is located just off of interstate 5 at 9490 Genesee Ave. in La Jolla.
La Jolla Country Day is an independent college-preparatory school serving 1,050 students from age 3 through Grade 12.
La Jolla Country Day School traces its beginnings to The Balmer School, founded in 1926 by Louise C. Balmer. A small cottage on Coast Boulevard served as the schoolhouse for the four children who attended the primary school that first year. They learned about reading, writing, and arithmetic in an atmosphere where individualized attention was valued.
As families throughout La Jolla heard about Mrs. Balmer’s work, The Balmer School expanded, eventually holding kindergarten through fifth grade classes in what is now John Cole’s Book Shop on Prospect Street. Nearly three decades later, Mrs. Balmer and a group of dedicated parents saw the need for an independent day school which would include Middle and Upper School classes as well. The school now known as La Jolla Country Day School received its charter in 1955 and moved to its current location in 1961.
The campus has changed since the first class of seniors graduated in 1964. Where there once stood only the administration building and the Lower and Middle School classrooms, the continuing generosity of dedicated Country Day parents has enabled the school to fund the building of an Upper School campus, a library, an outdoor amphitheater, a double gymnasium, a state-of-the-art theater, an observatory, tennis courts, a fine arts buildings, computer and science labs, and additional playing fields. Students from communities all over San Diego County now make up the Nursery through 12th grade population of Country Day, where a sound liberal arts background and strong college preparation and counseling programs are hallmarks.
Whats is great for Residents of Rancho Santa Fe is that there are buses to and from school. The students love to ride the bus with their friends and parents enjoy the freedom of not having to drive to and from school unless they choose to. La Jolla Country day is also well know for their athletic programs.