Gillispie School’s Robotic Program Scores In Second Year


This past weekend two teams from The Gillispie School’s Robotic Program competed in the qualifying round of the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition at the prestigious Preuss School in La Jolla. This was a very special and distinguishable honor for both teams that competed. FIRST LEGO, which stands for ‘For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology’, was founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen. This is the second year that the Gillispie School has competed as part of its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program.

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La Jolla Summer Camps Offered by The Gillispie School


The Gillispie School, located in the village of La Jolla, is currently offering a wide range of unique camps for students from all elementary schools. For a summer brochure of the camps being offered please click here.

These camps fill up fast, so submit your registration forms today!

Multi Sport Fitness and Training with Coach Taverna
July 15 – 19, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Grades K-4, $225
Get fit! Children will take part in speed and agility drills as well as balance, coordination, and strength exercises. Games will be used to increase overall physical fitness.

Jr. LEGO with Play Well Instructors
July 22 – 26, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Grades K-1, $225
Enter the world of Ninjago and become an apprentice Ninjaneer! Learn the way of Spinjitzu, build the Fire Temple, race Skull Trucks, and encounter the mighty Dragon! Imagine and build unique and fun projects with the guidance of an experienced Play Well instructor while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjago. This is an ideal way to prepare young Ninjaneers for the challenge of Ninjaneering Masters with LEGO camp.

LEGO Masters with Play Well Instructors

July 22 – 26, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Grades 2-5, $225
Master the world of Ninjago by becoming a Ninjaneer! Tame the Ice Dragon, motorize your Blade Cycle, design the Dark Fortress, and hone your Spinjitzu battle skills! In this advanced camp, Ninjaneering masters will learn real world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture while exploring the fantasy world of Ninjado.

Serve, Lead, Succeed Summer Edition with Mrs. Watkins
July 22 – 26, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., Grades 3-6, $225
Spend your time this summer making a difference in the community by joining the Serve. Lead. Succeed. Team for a week of hands- on service activities both on and off the Gillispie campus. This course is designed for students who have a passion for serving others and are not afraid of a little hard work.

Add-On Afternoon Swimming!

Offered All 8 Weeks | Kindergarten through Grade 6
A fee- based afternoon session offers swimming at the Coggan Aquatic Center. The Center’s swim instructors teach group lessons, and campers will be placed in appropriate swim- level groups and learn skills that will improve their swimming ability. After the lessons, the campers will have free swim time under the supervision of a certified lifeguard and the Gillispie teachers. The Center is conveniently located at La Jolla High School; the students and their Gillispie teachers walk the not -quite- three blocks each way to/from swimming.

Early Childhood (EC) Day Camp | For Children Ages 3-5
New addition to the EC Camp! Every Wednesday, visiting instructors from Mad Science will conduct an exciting, hands -on science program for EC children to spark their curiosity and build their enthusiasm for science. Program topics will include: magnetic attraction, world of worms, energy and motion, and much more!

Our early childhood teachers are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, intellectual, and social development of the young child. The teaching staff includes several Gillispie faculty members who have a wealth of teaching experience, along with other experienced professionals. Children will enjoy an array of activities during camp, including indoor and outdoor games, water play, crafts, and dramatic play. EC day camp runs Monday through Friday, for one or two weeks.

ALSO – Summer camps are offered through August 9, and you can register early for future classes to reserve your space!

Here are the offerings for weeks 6, 7 & 8 with spaces available:

Week 7: July 29 – August 2

Through My Eyes: Photo Fun with Outside the Lens
Who wants to be a DJ? with DJ Taverna

Week 8: August 5 – August 9

Jedi Engineering
3rd Grade Jump Start
Magical Mathematicians
Serve, Lead, Succeed
Robotics with Play Well Instructors
Wizards, Dragons, Trolls, Gnomes, Fairies, and
Pookas with Ms. Walters

Weeks 7 & 8: July 29 – August 9

Spanish Jumpstart with Señora Radchik

For more information, contact Kimberly Haas, Summer Session Director at or (858) 459-3773, ext. 105.
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The Gillispie School Celebrates Earth Week April 22-26th


Last week, Gillispie School students of all ages rolled up their sleeves and lent a “hand” in decorating recyclable and reusable shopping bags that can found at Come on In and Jonathan’s this week. The bags include a label wishing users a “Happy Earth Day” from Gillispie and requesting that the bags be re-used or recycled.

Other Earth Week events that the students will be participating in include:
Monday 4/22: Power Down Day (classrooms will look for ways to reduce electricity use)
Tuesday 4/23: No-Trash Lunch Day (students should bring reusable lunch supplies to school)
Wednesday 4/24: Don’t Print That! Day (classrooms will work to reduce printing)
Thursday 4/25: Walk/Bike/Carpool to School Day (if it works for your family)
Friday 4/26: Earth Wear Dress-up Day (wear something related to recycled, energy, protecting the Earth, or in the colors of green and blue)

While celebrating Earth Week is a great way to keep students engaged in environmental education, the Gillispie community is proud to embrace eco-friendly and sustainable-minded practices all year long.

These practices included the incorporation of sustainability into our Science specialty curriculum, student gardening and composting, campus-wide recycling initiatives, and the school’s acquisition of roughly 40 percent of its electricity from the solar panels attached to its roof.

To learn more about how Gillispie is going green, visit