The Childrens School

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 6.5 acre campus to experience the TCS difference for yourself.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 262 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,490
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / Sep. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Childrens School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
262 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 51%

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 1 / Sep. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Depends on program. Information on website. We do offer Financial Assistance to Kindergarten - 8th grade families.
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
Prices vary for summer instruction.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Rachel Ridgeway



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
11 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
A variety of science, cooking, gardening enrichment classes for all ages

Arts and Music Programs:
A variety of art and music program including piano, drama, etc., painting, pottery, sculpting, theater

Recreational Athletic Programs:
A variety of after school sports program and inter-scholastic sports 5th-8th grade

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.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Childrens School cost?
The Childrens School's tuition is approximately $6,490 for private students and $250 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of The Childrens School?
The acceptance rate of The Childrens School is 80%, which is lower than the national average of 84%.
Does The Childrens School offer a summer program?
Yes, The Childrens School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does The Childrens School offer?
The Childrens School offers 11 interscholastic sports: Ballet, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Flag Football, Football, Intramural Sports Only, Soccer, Track and Field, Volleyball and Winter Track. The Childrens School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in California for most sports offered.
What is The Childrens School's ranking?
The Childrens School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees and Most sports offered.
When is the application deadline for The Childrens School?
The application deadline for The Childrens School is Feb. 1 / Sep. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 1 / Sep. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
When our first child was about to start school in 2009, we sought a school that would be a home away from home for her. We wanted a school that values and espouses community and connectedness. We were elated to have found The Children's School. Today, 15 years and 4 children later, we are so blessed to still call The Children's School our children's second home. All four of our children began The Children's School in the toddler program at two years old. Thus far, two of them graduated at eighth grade and were primed and more than prepared to attend the high schools of their choose. We are so happy to have two more children still attending The Children's School. What is it about The Children's School that makes it the most special hidden gem of independent schools in San Diego?Nestled in the heart of La Jolla, the Children's School embodies the essence of Reggio Emilia-inspired education, fostering a vibrant community where connectedness, creativity, and child-centered learning flourish. As a firm believer of progressive education, this The Children's School is dedicated to nurturing lifelong learners through an innovative approach that prioritizes the holistic development of each child.At the Children's School, the Reggio Emilia philosophy serves as the cornerstone of its educational framework. Embracing the belief that children are competent, capable individuals, the school fosters an environment where curiosity and exploration are celebrated. Through a child-centered approach, students are empowered to take ownership of their learning journey, guided by passionate educators who serve as facilitators rather than lecturers.The school's commitment to progressive education is evident in its emphasis on hands-on, project-based learning experiences. Students are encouraged to delve deeply into topics of interest, engaging in meaningful inquiries that spark creativity and critical thinking skills. Whether it's designing sustainable solutions for environmental challenges or exploring cultural diversity through art and storytelling, the Children's School provides a fertile ground for intellectual growth and discovery.Beyond academics, the Children's School cultivates a sense of connectedness within its community. Families, educators, and students come together as partners in education, fostering a supportive network where collaboration and mutual respect thrive. Through community events, service projects, and cultural celebrations, the school reinforces the importance of empathy, compassion, and global citizenship.An environmental curriculum further enriches the educational experience at the Children's School, instilling a deep appreciation for the natural world and promoting stewardship of the environment. From gardening initiatives to outdoor exploration, students develop a profound connection to nature, learning valuable lessons about sustainability and environmental responsibility.In essence, the Children's School La Jolla is more than just a place of learning-it's a vibrant community dedicated to nurturing the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and innovators. Through its commitment to Reggio Emilia principles, progressive education practices, and a supportive community ethos, the school empowers students to become lifelong learners who are poised to make a positive impact on the world.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 262 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,490
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / Sep. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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