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.

My history with The John Thomas Dye School goes back to the early 2000s when I was hired by long-time Head of School Ray Michaud to teach Fifth Grade English. Although I was only at the school for two years, I always 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 at 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 of a JTD graduate, 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.

  • Student Confidence

    By Rose Helm
    Yesterday morning, I joined the sixth grade students and faculty as we traveled 26 miles across the sea to Catalina Island Marine Institute. I am so glad to be back on this trip as it is one of my favorite school trips ever since I went as an eighth grade student. In fact, when I reflect back on my middle school days, I remember both the joyful rush of independence and the agonizing moments of awkwardness.
    Continue reading ›
  • Helping our Children Navigate Big Feelings

    By Rose Helm
    This week the Health Office reached a crisis situation. The entire community was notified, we all rallied together, and fortunately, all involved were deemed to be healthy and on the road to recovery. What was this crisis that had us all momentarily gripped in uncertainty, fear, and desperation? For once, it wasn’t COVID related; it wasn’t even a broken bone. Nurse Venick informed us that we had run out of ice packs!
    Continue reading ›
  • 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. 
    Continue reading ›
"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.