Whether you are a current or prospective parent or employee, an alumnus of the school, or a friend in the community -- thank you for taking time to learn more about our extraordinary elementary school.

Since its founding in 1929, JTD has stayed true to the purpose of our founders, Cathryn and John Dye, to provide a nurturing environment “based on high ideals, integrity, and the quality of excellence.” 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 will occupy as adults. We take pride in upholding traditions that bridge the many generations of JTD graduates together, whether it is the recitation of the Salutation of the Dawn every morning or the Candle Lighting Ceremony at the holidays. We also know that we have a responsibility to prepare our children to be contributing members of their community in the future, and as such, we emphasize critical thinking, character education, and service learning.

The vibrant, child-centered spirit of the Dye family, as well as long-time Head of School Ray Michaud, continues to shape the School today. Through the 5C’s - Caring, Common Sense, Consideration, Cooperation, and Courtesy - our students develop a sense of how they should be in this world as an individual and as a community member. While the world seems an increasingly more complex place to raise children, JTD offers a values-centered education where we celebrate childhood and the lessons that can be found through joyful, purposeful learning. Opportunities for leadership and public speaking, competitive athletics and physical education, experiential learning, and the teaching of values are integral to our program and complement the rigorous study of language arts, history, mathematics, science, technology, and the visual and performing arts. JTD students love coming to school because they are challenged and yet supported in all that they do.

Although I’m in my fifth year as Head of School, it is actually my seventh year at JTD, having taught fifth grade English for two years earlier in my career. When I left the school in 2005 to follow my husband Peter to San Francisco, I hoped one day to return to the community I cherished. When that dream came true in 2017, I realized I had found my forever home in JTD. In my role as Head of School of The John Thomas Dye School, I blend a deep-rooted appreciation for what makes JTD so special with a collaborative, student-centered, and research-based approach to education. What is more, I am also a parent in the school, and I bring that lens to my leadership.

I am deeply grateful to represent the JTD community and to lead it into this next chapter. I hope you will visit our beautiful campus in person to see for yourself the magic of our little school on the hill.

Warm Regards,
Rose E. Helm
Head of School

Composed by Rose

List of 3 news stories.

  • Looking to the Future

    By Rose Helm
    This is an incredibly exciting time to be a member of the JTD community. Now that our children are back on campus and we have resumed some of our normal community activities, we have started to see a return to what makes JTD such a special place for children, employees, and families. 
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  • The power of speaking one’s truth and acknowledging the experience of others

    By Rose Helm
    Last night at the State of the School, I reflected on this past year and all of the events that have brought us together, as well as those that have pulled us apart. Of course, there was the literal isolation we experienced when we shut our campus doors in mid-March 2020. Nearly overnight we went from donning animal prints at the Special Event to being shuttered in our homes and glued to the news. We have seen events borne of fear and ignorance -- most recently with a rise of anti-Semitic hate crimes across the U.S. and here in Los Angeles -- that have caused harm to groups of people in our community and our nation, as well as our collective identity.
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  • Beloved Director of Admissions, Judy Hirsch, will retire at the end of the 2021-22 academic year.

    By Rose Helm
    Today we share the news that our beloved Director of Admissions, Judy Hirsch, will be retiring at the end of the 2021-22 academic year.

    Judy’s involvement with JTD first began in the early 1980s as a parent to Annie ’88 and Charlie ’91. Having been a teacher before her children were born, Judy has always possessed a deep love of learning and a commitment to serving others.
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"As I look to the future, I am filled with gratitude for the strength of our community and inspired by the bright future ahead."
- Rose Helm, Head of School

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.