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Transcending the Resume

The Bishop’s School: Nurturing Kind, Independent Thinkers Since 1909

From the border to Oceanside, The Bishop’s School brings together a diverse and thriving student and faculty population on an 11-acre campus in the center of La Jolla. The School was founded in 1909 as a girls’ boarding school when sisters Ellen Browning Scripps and Eliza Virginia Scripps joined Bishop Joseph Horsfall Johnson to create an institution committed to an ideal that still holds true today: School should be an “open door to knowledge.” In 1971, the School merged with the San Miguel School for Boys and today, The Bishop’s School serves 800 students in grades 6 through 12, who live throughout San Diego County.


As San Diego’s only independent middle and high school affiliated with the Episcopal Church, Bishop’s is an inclusive community where students come from more than 70 schools representing diverse religious, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. This school year, 48 percent of students self-identify as people of color and 20 percent receive more than $3 million in financial aid. Bishop’s Chaplain The Rev. Nicole Simopoulos-Pigato explained the community this way: “We emphasize compassion for all people, respect for the dignity of every human being, and the calls to love our neighbors as ourselves and to strive for justice and peace in the world.”



“Everyone at Bishop’s is excited to learn. It’s cool to be inquisitive, to ask questions, to be curious, to understand more. The community is welcoming and accepting, celebrating diversity, knowledge, and differences. Bishop’s changed my life in so many ways, allowing me to grow into who I am today – a loving person, an understanding person, someone who is driven and has goals and who is not afraid to achieve them. I owe that all to Bishop’s.” ~ Isaiah, Bishop’s Class of 2018, Harvard University Class of 2022

“I have seen many students come through this school and each one finds their own path and their own place in this community. It’s the diversity of interests, talents, and backgrounds that make Bishop’s such a dynamic learning environment.” ~ Barbara, mother of three Bishop’s graduates and one current student


As a community of learners, Bishop’s programs were designed to meet students’ individual needs – both academically and emotionally, as student well-being is a top priority. Many academic options, levels, and paths are offered to best fit every student’s abilities, interests, and potential. This ensures readiness and success in college and beyond. Providing opportunities that extend beyond the classroom – academic competitions, international travel, a peer support group, affinity groups, guest speakers, and a community service program, to name a few – develop life skills which transcend any bullet points on a resume. There are 72 different sports teams, 40 performing arts shows per year in dance, theater, and choral and instrumental music, and visual arts possibilities from photography to animation and more.

“The aim of a Bishop’s education is to develop students who are kind, independent thinkers, of healthy mind and body; who are globally-aware citizens, problem solvers, and risk takers.”


On campus, historic buildings (many designed by renowned architect Irving Gill) surround the “Quad,” with the addition of a state-of-the-art library and science center. Classrooms are designed for interaction and conversation rather than lecture style, allowing students to articulate their perspectives and position and to find their passions.

A unique campus and learning environment, combined with academic and co-curricular opportunities combine to help The Bishop’s School achieve its ultimate goal: “The aim of a Bishop’s education,” said Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Kim Cooper, “is to develop students who are kind, independent thinkers, of healthy mind and body; who are globally-aware citizens, problem solvers, and risk takers.”

Learn more about The Bishop’s School at this year’s Open House! Nov. 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.



Name of School: The Bishop’s School
Year of Establishment: 1909
Address: 7607 La Jolla Blvd.,
La Jolla, CA 92037
Phone: 858-875-0826
Description of Business: Founded in 1909 and affiliated with the Episcopal Church, The Bishop’s School is an independent coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades 6 through 12 who live throughout San Diego County.