The Childrens School

Tel: (858)454-0184
  • 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 44 years, TCS has been inspiring, engaging, and preparing students to become 21st Century learners and leaders through an intellectually rigorous academic program which is hands-on and project-based and a nationally recognized social curriculum.
  • TCS seeks to inspire each child's unique potential and desire for life-long learning.
  • 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)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDifferentiated teaching, speech/language, literacy, academic supports
Year Founded1972

Student Body

Total Students230 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
33%
State avg.: 43%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size14 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Tuition NotesDepends on program. Information on website. We do offer Financial Assistance to Kindergarten - 8th grade families.
% on Financial Aid
22%
Average Financial Aid Grant$10,000
Acceptance Rate
80%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorRachel Ridgeway

Sports

Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBallet, 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.12 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, A variety of science, cooking, drama, etc., gardening enrichment classes for all ages, painting, pottery, Robotics Club, sculpting, theater cooking, drama, etc., painting, pottery, Robotics Club, sculpting, theater, A variety of after school sports program and inter-scholastic sports 5th-8th grade,
A variety of art and music program including piano,
A variety of science,
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 44 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 toeducating 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 educationand 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 schoolsshare a responsibility in developing each child`s character. Ourschool-wide social curriculum fosters each student's ability tocommunicate, to problem-solve and to treat others with compassionand 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.
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