Keeping our children healthy and active is a high priority for La Jolla parents. Fortunately, our local La Jolla schools don’t just offer elite programs in the classroom. Rather, many public and private schools in La Jolla offer diverse after school athletic programs for children of all ages and abilities. Public and Private schools do an equally great job with this and so continue reading to find out about sporting activities sports activities at Schools in La Jolla, CA.
La Jolla High School – the La Jolla Vikings – has an active athletics department, with more than 50 athletic teams in all. These include a variety of sports for girls and boys, including badminton, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. Parents are also encouraged to volunteer if they enjoy coaching. For the most recent information, schedules and steps for applying, check the La Jolla High School website (ljhs.sandi.net/content/athletics/athletics/general-information).
Muirlands Middle School offers many after school programs and classes for its students, including several that are sports related. The school offers tennis lessons on campus, in conjunction with Youth Tennis San Diego. There is a fee, but rackets and balls are included for the lessons. After school sports teams – the Dolphins – include boys’ and girls’ flag football, soccer, and basketball. The intramural program is available for all students and depends completely on volunteer help. For more information, check the Muirlands Middle school website at http://www.muirlandsms.org.
La Jolla Elementary School and Bird Rock Elementary schools also include several sports programs for younger children.
- At La Jolla Elementary (www.ljes.org), students can participate in a morning run, walk or jog around the school’s upper field. The run/walk takes place every weekday morning from 8 to 8:15 a.m., weather permitting, and is open to all students from first through fifth grade. Those who log 10 or more miles in the school year will be acknowledged at a special awards assembly. La Jolla Elementary also offers other special programs after school, including karate.
- At Bird Rock Elementary (sandi.net/Page/3420), students can also participate in special after school programs, some offered in conjunction with the La Jolla YMCA. All students participate in 60 minutes of physical education a week and an additional 200 minutes every 10 days under the SPARK, a public health organization that creates and provides physical education programs to schools.
Excellent Private Schools in La Jolla with Elite Sports Programs
The private Bishop’s School in La Jolla has a full athletic program for its students. Teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, surfing, swimming, tennis, track and field, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball and water polo.
The Stella Maris Academy, affiliated with Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church, also offers team sports for its students. Eligible students in the 7th and 8th grades can participate in Varsity teams and students in the 6th grade or under can join a Junior Varsity team. Sports include basketball, soccer and soccer for both boys and girls. Younger students can serve as team mascots.
La Jolla Sports Leagues Keep Kids Active and Also Get them Away from School
In addition to school programs, you can enroll your children in sports leagues. The La Jolla Pop Warner Football League accepts children from ages 5 through 14 for different divisions. Check their website (lajollapopwarner.org) for more information and enrollment requirements. The La Jolla Youth Soccer League offers fall and spring competitive team games for girls and boys from ages 5 through 14. They also offer summer camps, fall clinics and private lessons. For more information, visit their website (www.lajollasoccer.org). La Jolla Youth Baseball has been coaching and promoting pony baseball for local kids since 1952. Designed for children aged 5 to 14, youth baseball is designed to help young people develop into good baseball players with a minimum of injury. And if your child is really lucky, they played on the team sponsored by La Jolla Blue Book last season! See the La Jolla Youth Baseball website for more information (ljyb.org).
The La Jolla YMCA also offers several physical activities for children in conjunction with local schools. Their staff includes child care teachers who are certified in Early Childhood Education as well as first aid and CPR. The La Jolla Y offers both full-day and part-day preschool programs, youth development programs, sports activities, and summer camps. The preschool offers extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call the La Jolla YMCA (858) 453-3483 or visit them online (lajolla.ymca.org).