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The La Jolla Cluster Association (LJCA) is a 501(c)3 organization made up of parents, teachers, and principals from the five La Jolla public schools. Our goal is to promote and support excellence in education in all La Jolla public schools. The LJCA works collaboratively to meet the needs of our diverse student population in grades TK-12 by implementing community based school reform in collaboration with SDUSD. Cluster board meetings are held every month and are open to all stakeholders. 
La Jolla Cluster Meetings

​Our meetings are held monthly, third Thursday of the month, 4:15pm- 5:30pm

Tentative Dates: (based on the third Thursday of the month)

October 19th, November 30th, February 8th and April 18th.

School Calendar 2023/2024

First day of school is Monday August 21st, 2023. Last day of school is Thursday June 6th, 2024.

SDUSD 23-24 instructional calendar

La Jolla Cluster

Parent Chair: Megan DeMott

Area Superintendent: Mitzi Merino

SDUSD Board Member: Cody Petterson

LJES Reps:
Principal: Stephanie Hasselbrink
Parents: Andrea Russell & Megan DeMott
Teachers: Aimee Lansky & Heather Polen
TPES Reps:
Principal: Keith Keiper
Parents: Jennifer Burney & Eren Efe
Teachers: Oriana Yarid & Erika Saldivar
BRE Reps:
Parents: Asha Bleier & Molly MacDonald
Teachers: Peggy Wilkinson & Baily Gripenstraw
Muirlands Reps:
Principal: Jeff Luna
Parents: Katherine Williams & Judith Lihosit
Teachers: Lori Trombley & Rob Tindall
LJHS Reps:
Principal: Chuck Podhorsky
Parents: Mokyou Hyun & Neha Bahadur



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Social emotional learning

The Impact of Social and Emotional Learning on Key Student Outcomes

Recent trends in education have created a focus in districts and schools on improving their students’ social and emotional learning (SEL) skills, and many educators are aware of the impact these skills have on student success. 

Instructional Resources

San Diego Unified has developed an instructional resource page to provide support to families during school closure.



La Jolla Cluster Association has a committee dedicated to creating and supporting events that inform our community.

Social Emotional


Many educators are aware of the impact of social and emotional skills have on student success.

Learn more!

Contact Us


Do you have a question or a concern? 

Please locate your  representative listed by school - or fill out the "contact us" form.


 COVID19 News You Can Trust

Latest News

Lots of free classes for students including cooking classes, yoga, dance fitness, and mindfulness through VEBA

SDUSD Wellness Resources: 2020-2021 Wellness@SDUSD

(presented at March Cluster meeting by Kate McDevitt, Wellness Program Supervisor)

Coronavirus Health Education Modules for Students by Grade Level

Arriving at school routine (video)

San Diego Unified Leaders,Teachers Union Announce 2020-21 Online Learning Plan​

Centers for Disease Control - Get the Facts About Coronavirus

World Health Organization - COVID-19 Pandemic

National Institute of Health - Clinical Trials, Vaccine, Treatment

State of California - News, Data, Testing

County of San Diego - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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