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The Gillispie School

7380 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 459-3773


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Reggio-Emilia

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Gillispie School provides developmentally appropriate opportunities for children to grow academically, creatively, physically, and socially. We are committed to using traditional and innovative educational practices that best foster each child's development. Students are encouraged to face challenges, learn through experimentation, and think critically in order to become individuals who are imaginative, independent and self motivated. Our school culture promotes strong communication skills to enable students to become effective and meaningful contributors to society. We believe that dedicated teachers who model a love of learning inspire students to be curious, inquisitive, and passionate about intellectual pursuits. The Gillispie School values a partnership between our faculty and families to promote and embrace our educational philosophy and goals.
(excerpted from website)

A Typical Day

Classroom exploration, outdoor play, P.E., Music, Circle Time

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year