La Jolla Elementary School, is a 2008 and a 2012 California Distinguished School! This recognition, given to only 5% of California schools, was achieved through the hard work of a school community who cares deeply about meeting the needs of our diverse student population and providing them with rigorous, standards-based instruction and a comprehensive educational program. Our community of learners is made up of outstanding students, an expert and dedicated staff of caring professionals, active and involved parents and a supportive community.
About La Jolla Elementary
In 1896, under the watchful eyes of Miss Mary Cogswell, twelve excited children climbed the steps of a livery stable located at Wall Street and Herschel Avenue and became the first students to attend La Jolla Elementary School.
As the population of La Jolla grew, so did the number of children. The original school was expanded five times, until it reached its maximum enrollment of 925 students in 1950. Between 1951 and 1963, Bird Rock, Decatur, Scripps, and Torrey Pines elementary schools were opened to ease overcrowding at La Jolla Elementary.
In 1961, construction began on five new buildings to replace school structures that had been built before the 1935 Field Act (Earthquake Standards for School buildings). In 1962, construction was completed at a cost of $387,740 and the old buildings were razed.
La Jolla Elementary School has enjoyed a rich and diverse history in the Village of La Jolla for more than 100 years. From its modest beginnings on the second floor of a livery stable, to its present location on Girard Avenue, our school has thrived through generous community support and