Life at JTD
Student Voice

Max Ritvo '03


The John Thomas Dye School is a warm summer breeze. It’s the feeling you get when vanilla ice cream runs down the cone and over your fingers, caressing them in its icy grasp. It’s the sound of dozens of little voices straining to be heard over the rest at the Carols. It is a place where my peers and I can experience life to its fullest. It is where we can relish in the studying of everything, from mathematics to friendship.
I know not of a place more special than my school. What other facility of such high prestige has a principal willing to jump into the dunk tank or shave his head for the welfare of his student body? Name another place where the headmaster would allow himself to be subjected to the humiliation of having hot fudge and graham crackers ruthlessly hurled at him by the teachers as an incentive to sell raffle tickets. There is not another academy on earth that has a faculty and staff willing to sacrifice so much for their pupils.

Ever since I walked into my first kindergarten classroom, I was respected and loved. To this day, never have I encountered a student or a teacher who refused to give me a smile and a helping hand. These smiles and helping hands have caused me to form an unbreakable bond, not only with the school, but with John Thomas Dye III himself. Everyday I can feel him watching over us from the starry heavens, guiding us down a path of magnificence and splendor.

The John Thomas Dye School is honor, compassion, devotion, humility, ambition, and courage all twisted together in a flawlessly beautiful way. It is a living thing that grows with each young child about to blossom into a glorious young adult that will shape the world of tomorrow. The mixture of wonderful feelings I have for JTD is unfathomable and indescribable. So when asked what does John Thomas Dye mean to me, I will simply say, Utopia.

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.