Mission & Values

The School's Mission and Values embody the spirit of JTD.
They capture the essence of our school on the hill, and guide us as we evolve to meet the ever changing world around us.
Mission Statement
We look to each day with a commitment to inspire purposeful learning, cultivate character, and celebrate childhood.
The Board of Trustees approved the new Mission Statement above in its final meeting of the year, and a committee set about writing a set of Core Beliefs to accompany the new mission and further articulate our vision for our School. We are excited to unveil the new Mission Statement and share more about what it means!

Core Beliefs

List of 4 items.

  • A Committed Community

    We are committed to nurturing an environment in which everyone in our community feels a sense of belonging.
    • Children thrive when all of the adults in their life are invested in their school. 
    • Diversity contributes to academic excellence and enriches the experience for us all.
    • Our School is our Main Street, connecting us through shared values and purpose.
  • Purposeful Learning

    We work hard, think critically, and solve problems tenaciously.
    • Learning should be intentional, engaging, and empowering.
    • Education is more than learning facts; it is nurturing the natural curiosity of children.
    • Children gain confidence and independence when given opportunities to take personal responsibility.
  • Cultivating Character

    We have a responsibility to make a positive impact on others.
    • Children develop personal integrity when given the opportunity to put their values into action.
    • Childhood is a journey where making mistakes is a part of growing up.
    • Risk-taking in a supportive environment engenders confidence, leadership, and grace.
  • Celebrating Childhood

    We preserve the magic of childhood by honoring discovery, wonder, and play.
    • Elementary school is an inherently optimistic, joyful endeavor.
    • Small milestones matter: lost teeth and birthdays are treated as important life events.
    • Traditions inspire reflection, connect students across generations, and build memories that last a lifetime.
Our Values: The 5C’s
We capture the interpersonal skills and character development that we believe enhance the well-being of all individuals in our community.
The shorthand expression is commonly known as The 5C’s: Caring, Common Sense, Consideration, Cooperation, Courtesy
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Statement
The John Thomas Dye School affirms its commitment to a diverse and inclusive school community as integral to our mission and as an expression of our core values, The 5C’s. Developing and applying cultural competence fosters an inclusive community, deepens learning, and prepares our graduates to understand and appreciate different perspectives in order to thrive in a constantly changing world. We welcome and benefit from the viewpoints of people who differ in age, culture, ethnicity, family structure, language, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

At JTD, we are committed to building an inclusive community that understands and values the diverse world in which we live. We provide a caring, respectful, and welcoming environment in which to work, play, and learn. We actively seek to attract and retain students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of backgrounds. We continuously strive for growth through professional development and ongoing curriculum review. We promote an appreciation for all people, and we strive to create responsible, global citizens.
“We believed that there is a timeless scale of values, and that our school must maintain those values and the high standards which have been proven right from the beginning of time.”
- Cathryn Robberts Dye

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.