The Children's School
5.00 (3 reviews)
The Children's School Photo #2 - The Children's School's founder, Lila McDill, had one vision: Children learn by doing. What started as an experimental lab school in 1970 is now home to nearly 400 students.
The Children's School Photo #3 - We serve approximately 400 children - age three through eighth grade - with 48% students of color. Families represent 50 zip codes in Atlanta.
- The Children's School is a diverse, joyful and nurturing environment for age 3 - grade 8 students where play is baked into everything we do; risk-taking is encouraged; academic challenges are met head-on by our brave learners who are being prepared to make an impact on an ever-changing world.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
Other school association(s)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Southern Association of Independent Schools
|Grades Offered||Grades Nursery/Preschool-8|
|Total Students||389 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 21%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||54 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||7:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||24 students|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
(No dress code)
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Jan. 22|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$21,250|
|Tuition Notes||Ages 3 yrs. to 4 yrs. Half Day (8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) 2018-19 Tuition**: $13,975Ages 3 yrs. to 4 yrs. Full Day (8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) 2018-19 Tuition*: $18,890Ages 4 yrs. to 5 yrs. Full Day (8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.) 2018-19 Tuition**: $18,890|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Admissions Director||Nicole Victor|
|Admissions Associate||Cheri Menosky|
|Total Sports Offered||5 sports|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketball, Cross Country,|
Soccer, Track and Field,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||8 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
Extended Day, Summer Camps
Arts and Music Programs:
Enrichment Programs, TCS Jr. Players, TCS Players, TCS String Instrumentalist Ensemble, TCS Voices, TCS Voices Show Ensemble
- The Children's School is a highly engaged, compassionate, courageous community of learners made up of age 3 - grade 8 students, teachers, administrators and parents who show up as their authentic selves. In this way, we uphold the progressive vision of our founder. We embrace play in everything we do because it is essential to intellectual, social, emotional, physical and cultural development. Our diverse, joyful and nurturing environment encourages risk-taking and challenges our learners to academic excellence, noble character, and emotional maturity, preparing them to make an impact on an ever-changing world.
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- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Atlanta Grades: PK-12 | 987 students
1509 S Ponce De Leon Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404)377-3491 2.4 PK-12
- Atlanta Grades: PK-12 | 798 students
215 Chastain Park Ave
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404)252-8389 6.5 PK-12
- Atlanta Grades: K-12 | 1868 students
1424 W Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
(404)609-6202 5.6 K-12
- Atlanta Grades: NS-8 | 371 students
2426 Clairmont Road Ne
Atlanta, GA 30329
(678)302-1302 5.1 NS-8
We have 2 kids at TCS and love it. More importantly, our kids absolutely love it. My 4th grader has developed such a love for learning, that we are constantly impressed by the projects she initiates such as research projects about endangered animals, creative writing projects, book reports, etc.TCS fosters this love of learning while teaching solid academic and social skills that prepare kids to excel in upper school at a wide variety of top private schools. All children are challenged appropriately to gain skills and knowledge, learn how to solve problems, think critically and communicate effectively in a nurturing, loving environment.Speaking to parents of alum and listening to TCS alum talk about their post TCS experience, I am confident that the academic approach is optimal for elementary school children. Despite the unique learning philosophies at Galloway, Marist, Paideia, Westminster, Woodward etc., TCS alum are often at the top of their class despite the fact that the JATP is not used for admission to TCS. I firmly believe kids who have exceptionally high IQ`s do not need to be surrounded only by kids with similar IQ`s to gain the most of out of their education. I have seen both genius kids and kids who are not as strong academically, thrive. In addition, I have heard stories from multiple middle schools about how schools look to TCS students to mediate and resolve conflicts among their peers. This is a critical life skill that can help kids succeed academically, professionally, and socially.The character development program is truly unique and threads through the entire school experience. Children learn how to be kind and compassionate contributors to society. They learn how to mediate, resolve conflicts and stand up for themselves.They also are involved in age appropriate and increasingly complex community service projects. Kindergartners set up a store to raise money for a homeless shelter (and learn how to market products, count money and make change). The 6th grade curriculum is centered on long term projects that touch on the critical academics (history, science, writing, research, etc.), but which also include developing a deeper knowledge about complex issues such as the refugee crisis, world hunger and human rights.The teachers are amazing and love the kids. The administration constantly evaluates strengths and weaknesses and makes changes when needed to best support our kids (e.g., switching to Singapore Math this year to enhance math skills, taking project based learning to the next level).
- Posted by Parent - SAA
We have two children at TCS: a rising 5th grader who has been with TCS since kindergarten and a rising 1st grader who has been with TCS since Pre-Primary. To date, we as a family have had a terrific experience. We find that TCS strikes the perfect balance between teacher-centered learning and child-centered learning. Additionally, the building character program is the best we've seen at the elementary school level. Faculty and Staff make good use of Piedmont Park right across the street and play is incorporated into learning. Finally, each teacher our children have had has truly embodied the parent/teacher partnership and are consistently available and willing to share ideas about how to continue learning at home.
- Posted by Parent - jacqu
My husband and I could not have asked for a better educational environment for our 3 year old and five year old. The teachers are dedicated to each student and are truly masters in the art of teaching. We love how children are taught to be independent, collaborative, and self-aware. TCS's approach to learning uses a hands-on, project-based approach that teaches and develops necessary skills rather than focusing on content. This is not a school that is traditional in their approach. They are innovative and intentionally in their approach. We also love how character education is not an add on but an infused part of the daily curricula. There is never a day that our sons do not look forward to going to school!
- Posted by Parent - sweet
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