The Childrens School

2225 Torrey Pines Lane
La Jolla, CA 92037-0920
Tel: (858)454-0184
Grades: NS - 8 | 230 students
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We know that finding the right environment for your child's education makes a world of difference.
At The Children’s School (TCS) in La Jolla, our Toddler - Eighth grade students are part of a unique envrionment where risk-taking is expected, where making a difference is encouraged, and where working together is the norm.
For over 40 years, TCS has been inspiring, engaging, and preparing students to become 21st Century learners and leaders through a dynamic, hands-on, project-based, academic curriculum and a nationally recognized social curriculum.
We invite you to visit our six-acre campus to experience the TCS difference for yourself.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool - 8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Differentiated teaching, speech/language, literacy, academic supports
Year Founded 1972

Student Body

Total Students 230 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 33%
State avg.: 45%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 45 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 70%
Average Class Size 12 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling
Tuition Notes Depends on program. Information on website. We do offer Financial Assistance to Kindergarten - 8th grade families.
% on Financial Aid 20%
Average Financial Aid Grant $10,000
Acceptance Rate 80%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Rachel Ridgeway

Sports

Total Sports Offered 9 sports
Sports Ballet, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Flag Football, Football, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBalletBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
Flag FootballFootball,
SoccerTrack and Field,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. A variety of after school sports program and inter-scholastic sports 5th-8th grade, A variety of art and music program including piano, drama, theater, painting, pottery, sculpting, etc., A variety of science, cooking, gardening enrichment classes for all ages, Robotics Club Robotics Club, A variety of after school sports program and inter-scholastic sports 5th-8th grade,
A variety of art and music program including piano, drama, theater, painting, pottery, sculpting, etc.,
A variety of science, cooking, gardening enrichment classes for all ages,

School Notes:

At The Children's School, we believe an excellent education is one that develops the whole child - academically, socially, artistically and physically. Our programs teach students important knowledge and life skills using innovative, hands-on teaching strategies that engage students in the process of learning. At TCS, we believe in giving students knowledge as well as teaching them how to obtain knowledge for themselves. Our curriculum embraces the many learning styles of children, and our dedicated teachers challenge each child to fully discover his or her strengths and abilities.

For over 43 years, we have been providing students from throughout San Diego with the best private school education possible by developing children's intellect, creativity, character and compassion.

As a progressive school, we believe three core tenets are vital to educating children:
  • Academic development and social growth must be equally supported.
  • Students learn best when they take an active role in their education.
  • Teaching children how to learn is as important as teaching them what to learn.
For these reasons and many others, The Children’s School offers an education like no other.

Our teachers are our foundation: Experienced and passionate, TCS teachers bring learning to life. They connect learning to what  children already know and to what they want to know. They create joyful classroom communities so that students feel confident in taking academic risks and free to develop socially. And they understand that children learn in different ways and flourish with individual guidance. 

 A TCS education is broad, deep and engaging.:Robust and interdisciplinary, our academic curriculum teaches math, writing, reading, science, art, technology, music, social studies, literature, physical education and Spanish. Yet rather than teaching subjects in isolation, we strive to weave numerous disciplines into all learning, giving students a deep appreciation of the true interconnectedness of the world. We also give students endless opportunities to learn with their hands and to pursue their own interests, allowing abstract ideas to become real, meaningful and memorable. 

We are about respect: We believe that schools share a responsibility in developing each child’s character. Our school-wide social curriculum fosters each student's ability to communicate, to problem-solve and to treat others with compassion and respect.

TCS means community: We are a place in which teachers, administrators and parents are united by the mission to provide students with the best education possible and the joyful childhoods they deserve. Our parents take comfort in strong home-school partnerships. Our faculty members take pride in their work and responsibilities. We are a community based on shared values and priorities. We are a community that cares.

Profile last updated: 08/17/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is The Bishop's School (1.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is San Diego French American School (1.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is San Diego French American School (1.1 miles away)
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