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There are core elements of education that are timeless, and yet the tools and strategies we use to deliver on that education must emulate the world our children occupy.
We take pride in upholding traditions that bridge the many generations of JTD graduates together, but we also know that we have a responsibility to prepare our children to be contributing members of their community, and as such, we emphasize 21st century skills, character education, and service learning.
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The hallmark of a JTD education is our community's commitment to character education that stems from our core values, affectionately known as The 5C's: caring, common sense, consideration, cooperation, and courtesy.
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In the Spotlight

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  • Greyhound Spotlight: Judy Hirsch

    By Lucy Fisher
    As we shared last Spring, Judy Hirsch, our beloved Director of Admissions, is retiring after nearly thirty years of service to The John Thomas Dye School. Judy has dedicated so much of her life to our community, and we are incredibly grateful for the time she has shared with us all. I recently had a chance to chat with her and reflect on her time here at JTD. 

    How has admissions changed during your tenure at JTD? 
    When I first started, we had a preschool that consisted of twelve students, most of them siblings. That meant about one hundred more applications for approximately one spot for a new student/family in the preschool class. I was sending ninety-nine out of one hundred non-accept decisions. Besides that, what do you know about a two and a half year old? Can they make themselves understood and can they go to the bathroom by themselves? I was interviewing all by myself for years until I was lucky enough five years ago to hire Olivia Mora as my Associate Director. She’s lovely and has been a terrific addition to our JTD Admissions Team. 
    Do you have a favorite JTD memory? 
    Probably, the year I did the Fair and was Old Dan Tucker in our skit where I got to hit Mr. Michaud over the head with a breakaway bottle! 
    What is your favorite JTD tradition? 
    This is a tie between the Fair and Candlelighting. I think I have every Fair t-shirt from the past forty years, including the one I did! It’s such fun and so full of happy energy. I’ve cooked hamburgers, made s’mores, and this year I’ll be making shakes in the Alumni Drink Booth, so come and see me!  Candlelighting is remarkable. Each year, I look at the faces of each child at JTD, lit by that little red “birthday” candle in that marshmallow and think of all the children that have experienced JTD over the years, all the good times and difficult ones, and wish each of our students everything good. It’s such a beautiful moment and…then I get to eat the marshmallow!
    What will you miss most about JTD? 
    Watching our students grow up from four and a half when I meet them, to twelve years and beyond. I’m so grateful to have been part of their lives.
    What are you most proud of in your time here at JTD? 

    Over the years I’ve been Director of Admissions we have become a wonderfully diverse community; ethnically, geographically, culturally, and economically. I’m also very proud of the fact that even if a family doesn’t receive an accept decision for their child, they have been treated with respect and compassion. It’s lovely to run into families that ended up at another school that will still say “hi” to me! 
    Do you have any advice for future Greyhounds and their families? 
    Enjoy the years you have at JTD. They go very, very quickly!
  • Grade 2 Leads Black History Month Celebration

    By Kate Merritt
    This February, as part of Black History Month, our Grade 2 students have delved into the study of Black history and then shared what they have learned with the entire student body.
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  • JTD to join Southern California Diversity Recruiting Fair

    By Kate Merritt
    Research shows that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment is critical to student success and a marker of educational excellence. One crucial component in creating such an environment is having a diverse faculty and staff that reflects the students we teach.
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The John Thomas Dye School

11414 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 476-2811
The John Thomas Dye School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Located In Los Angeles, CA, John Thomas Dye is an independent school for grades K-6. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.