The Child's Primary School

3811 Mount Acadia Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111-0921
Tel: (858)576-2120
Grades: K-8 | 90 students
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A San Diego independent school offering a premier academic program for students in kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school. At TCPS, students experience a creative and dynamic academic environment that promotes individual success and a love for learning within a close-knit private school community.
Our small class sizes (up to 14 students per grade), dedicated teachers (90% have advanced degrees), and creative academic program make TCPS the best small San Diego private school.

School Overview

Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded 1983

Student Body

Total Students 90 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
26%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
60%
Average Class Size 10 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 1 / Sep. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $15,000
Tuition Notes $15,000 for K-5; $16,800 for 6-8
% on Financial Aid
35%
Average Financial Aid Grant $6,000
Acceptance Rate
78%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Jim Price

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art, Art Classes, Chess, Chorus for Grades 1-3, Chorus for Grades 4-8, Drama, Engineering and Robotics, Music Memory, Science Exploration, Spanish Language Classes, Woodworking, Yoga Art, Art Classes, Chess, Drama, Music Memory, Woodworking, Yoga, Chorus for Grades 1-3,
Chorus for Grades 4-8,
Engineering and Robotics,
Science Exploration,
Spanish Language Classes,

School Notes

  • The Child's Primary School offers a consistent curriculum, beginning with the kindergarten program and culminating in eighth-grade graduation.  This success-oriented program was designed to be supportive and challenging, and to focus on teaching the student how to learn so the students can continue to learn effectively beyond TCPS.
  • Students feel safe to take risks in an atmosphere that nurtures their self-esteem and teaches responsibility for their own actions. Inherent in our program is a celebration of the wonders of life and the excitement of learning.  In-depth learning is encouraged, allowing for an exploration of both the abstract (theoretical) and concrete (hands-on) aspects of a subject.  In addition to the acquisition of excellent academic skills, The Child's Primary School promotes the learning of life skills (such as communication and problem solving) and developing positive interpersonal relationships amongst the students and the staff.We believe that a family should have a role in a child's school.  Therefore, we welcome our students' whole family and consider them an important addition to the school.
  • We guide each and every decision - whether it be in regard to curriculum, fundraising, or admission policy - by our basic values and philosophy... the child is primary.

Profile last updated: 06/24/2015

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School Reviews

TCPS is a great school. The academics are strong, but that isn''t why we send our kids here. It''s the small, community feel, the social emotional curriculum, and the caring atmosphere. Our kids are getting a top notch education, but they don''t feel stressed. Because the school is small, the kids have a lot of opportunity to mingle with kids across ages, and they literally do know all the kids in the school in every grade. They also know all the teachers. The school fosters a real sense of community and family, and teaches kids not just how to be good students, but how to be good people. Most important of all the kids love it. When people ask my kids what they love most about their school they say, without hesitation: EVERYTHING!!!
- Posted by Parent, 12/11/12
TCPS is THE school we were looking for. My son is thriving there. We have been with them for 3 years now. And my daughter will be going to K next year at TCPS. We could not ask for anything more in a school. They have a great philosophy and they are what they say they are. The teachers are awesome, loving and caring. One on one attention is great due to small class size of 12 students per class. My son does not want to leave school when I go to pick him up. After school daycare is great too. Very creative activities in after school daycare for the kids to be busy. Best part about TCPS is that - My son is excited to go to school every single day!!!!!
- Posted by Parent, 05/21/12

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