La Jolla Cluster Association

The La Jolla Cluster Association (LJCA) is a 501(c)3 organization made up of parents, teachers, and principals from the 5 La Jolla public schools. The goal of the organization is to promote and support excellence in education in all La Jolla public schools. In our community, the Cluster Association works collaboratively to meet the needs of our diverse student population. The LJCA also works with the school district to implement community based school reform and the Vision 20/20 program. Cluster board meetings are held every 2 months and are open to everyone. The meetings are usually attended by Area Superintendent Julie Martel, and occasionally by a member of the school Board of Trustees or a member of district staff. The meetings are a great forum to discuss education issues that are important to our community and to learn about and how policies and practices are changing to meet the needs of our students.

The LJCA board meetings have featured discussions about the LJCA Partnership agreement, the Local Control Funding Formula, recruiting new principals at the middle and high schools, the disruption that was caused by so many teachers moving several weeks into the school year, and the new math curriculum for middle school and early high school. Highlights of those discussions include:

•    Members of the LJCA board had a very productive meeting with Superintendent Cindy Marten about our Partnership agreement and another meeting is scheduled for next month.  Some items in our Agreement have no history of approval and will soon be presented to the relevant departments at the district for review. For additional background about the partnership agreement and the LJCA click here.
•    Deidre Walsh, San Diego Unified School District briefly reviewed the PowerPoint Presentation, “Local Control Funding Formula Overview.”  This is the new mechanism for funding education state-wide.  Members of the LJCA board submitted questions to her in advance of the meeting. She answered the questions to the extent that the answers were known, as the state guidelines for the funding formula had not been established by the meeting date.
•    The middle school and early high school math curriculum will change next year. This change will include the creation of new courses, Integrated Math 1, 2, and 3, which will supplant the current Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 courses.

There will be a notice of future meeting times in the eTwig. The LJCA Board encourages you to attend. 


The La Jolla Cluster is proud to announce their new partnership with Partners in Thriving, featuring Dr. Susan Wais.
This exciting new partnership with Dr. Wais, Bird Rock Elementary, La Jolla Elementary, and Torrey Pines Elementary will feature three signature workshops throughout the school year for all parents in the La Jolla Cluster. The aim of the three workshops is to equip our students with social emotional learning (SEL). According to a recent article in Edutopia, "SEL not only improves achievement by an average of 11 percentile points, but it also increases prosocial behaviors, improves student attitudes toward school, and reduces depression and stress among students” (Weissberg, February 15, 2016).

La Jolla Elementary will kick off the series with a Resilience Training Workshop.  This workshop will be held on October 11, 18, 25, and November 11 at 8:45 a.m. The topics covered in this workshop are: Focusing on the Positive, Character Strengths, ABCs of Resilience and Others Matter.

Following this workshop, Bird Rock Elementary will offer a Grit/Growth Mindset Workshop on January 14, 21, 28, and February 4 at 8:45 a.m. The topics covered in this workshop are: Grit/Growth Mindset, Effective Praise, Character Strengths and Effective Goal Setting.

The last workshop, Happiness Habits, will be offered at Torrey Pines Elementary on February 24, March 2, 9, and 16 at 8:45 a.m.   The topics covered in this workshop are: Happiness, Focusing on the Positive, Gratitude and Practicing Self Compassion.

Please use this Google Form Link to indicate whether you plan to attend the workshops. Your responses will help us to determine the number of materials we need.

Section 5 of Article IX of the California Constitution guarantees students a “free public education.”

Torrey Pines Elementary School Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 8350 Cliffridge Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037 

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