We have been at TCS for six years. We came to TCS for their one of a kind Toddler program. Now, five years later we are still impressed with their social curriculum, academics, hands on learning, Spanish, music, science and computer programs. This has shown to be a wonderful school where our child has the freedom to grow and learn. I am thankful for the dedicated teachers and staff.
We have 3 children at TCS in 5th, 3rd and 2d grade. We have been at the school for 3 years. So we are currently immersed in the elementary program and preparing for our oldest son to enter middle school. We feel so fortunate that our son will attend middle school in a school that fosters intellectual inquiry, teaches personal accountability and respect for all individuals. Our children love the active learning environment, particularly the focus on arts and science. We are often awed by the level of knowledge and insight that they exhibit in discussions with family and friends. TCS is an exceptional school.
We could not be happier with our experience at The Children's School. We were drawn to TCS for its progressive philosophy, attention to social/emotional curriculum, and magical environment. But, we were unexpectedly surprised by how rigorous the academics are. The child-centered, hands-on approach to teaching is hardly fluff, but instead very advanced. As we hear about what the children are currently learning, we can't help but say again and again, 'If only I had been taught that way!' While our family makes sacrifices to send our child to a private school, we believe with conviction that it is absolutely worth it and that TCS sets the bar.
We now have 3 kids at the school, and while each is very different, they all love the school and are progressing both academically and socially. The best part about the school is the teachers. They have great educational backgrounds and love to teach and be with the kids. From toddlers on up, we couldn't be happier with how our children are being prepared for high school, college, and most importantly, life. If only they could build more parking spaces, it'd be perfect!
For us, the academics were so-so and we had to get tutoring to catch up. Maybe since they're hiring a new principal it will help? I hope things start turning around for them and they get some kids into the empty desks in the elementary part.
My daughter has attended TCS for 6 years and is in the Nelson Middle Years program this year. She has thrived here and it is evident in her acadmic grades and self-confidence. The teachers have always been amazing, nurturing and positive mentors. I feel that TCS has prepared her and she can go on to a public high school with ease. I highly recommend TCS for parents that are looking for a school not only where they're child will succeed but will enjoy a love for learning, be respectful and a critical thinker.
I was very disappointed in our experience at the Children's School. The art and dance programs are excellent, some of the teachers are very committed and the school is lively, but there are significant problems. I found the school academically lacking with math and science taking a back seat to art and children who are in any way outside the average seem to be lacking in support. Discipline feels chaotic. I also found the parents association terrifyingly overbearing with constant demands for donations and fundraising. Families seem ostracized if their parents don't contribute enough. I rarely saw the headteacher. The fees and donations seem exorbitant to me. While I love the concept of the progressive school, the implementation seems too vague and too based around the arts - and there are much cheaper, high quality alternative options out there.
My two daughters are very different from each other, but each is thriving in this special place. TCS teachers are the best and brightest applying the cutting edge in educational approaches, rather than simply teaching to standardized tests. In the four years we've been at this school, we're always amazed by the students - they all seem more confident, tolerant, intellectually curious, and socially conscious than the typical kids at other schools. i don't think that's the result of self-selection. I think it's the result of the TCS environment and curriculum. And we can't imagine any other place for our kids during the crazy middle school years!
What sets TCS apart is it's approach to teaching. The school recognizes that a 21st century graduate will be entering a world that values a different set of skills than were emphasized during their parents school years. The teachers are excellent and are regularly introducing new teaching methods into the classroom to keep our kids challenged and engaged. Class sizes are small so students get lots of one-on-one attention. The curriculum is integrated so students might be learning geography through art or history during reading time. Each 6th grader gets their own laptop to use in class and for homework. My son has been at the school for over 6 years and has thrived in this close-knit school community.
My children are in their fourth year at TCS and the whole family loves it. We came for preschool and frankly did not intend to stay for the elementary program b/c of the cost but it's hard to leave a place where your children know everyone, skip into school and learning in exciting, interesting ways. Faculty and staff are top-notch and the parent atmosphere is collegial, warm and supportive. TCS s approach to learning differs from traditional schools by giving kids plenty of opportunities to dig into work through hands-on projects and experiments. My children love it. The recent test scores show it s a method that not only keeps kids from getting bored or burned out in school, it s incredibly academically successful, too.
Confident kids and Challenging Academics. From studying science to conversations about social justice, this school has it all. Their annual Great Artists is amazing.
We are a previous family at TCS. We thoroughly enjoyed the early years - pre-school through kindergarten. As we progressed, we found the main focus to be on fund-raising. There was a total lack of discipline in the classroom, the children were not being pushed or encouraged to push themselves. We finally removed our daughter when she expressed concern that she was behind in several subjects that would get her to the next stage. We tried several times to express our concerns with the teacher and administration but these issues were not resolved. We also tried to address the social atmosphere of the school and were just told that this how children learned to deal with problems. After discussing with parents at other children, we decided to pull her and the change has been extraordinary. She is now in a classroom where children are helped to work through their social conflicts!
Boy, our family loves The Children's School. Our two children graduated from here and have moved on to be highly successful, self-motivated and compassionate middle schoolers with a strong self image. They think critically, solve problems, and tend to question the status quo as they make decisions for themselves. Their education was well-rounded from the core academics to the extra curricular and specialty classes. And as parents, we found that everyone, from teachers to school leaders to other parents, was supportive and there for us. What more could anyone want in a school? And the faculty seem so happy with the school that not a single teacher left the school last year! The word is quickly getting around that The Children's School is the place to go for the best elementary education in San Diego. If you haven't checked it out yet, why not?
Our family has been at The Children's School for quite a few years now, and the atmosphere on campus has never been more exciting or energetic. The buzz around campus is extraordinary as everyone eagerly awaits the addition of a middle school in the next couple of years. Parents are excited, kids are excited, and teachers and staff are excited. What type of families should consider The Children's School? Families who value strong academics, a challenging curriculum, an unparalleled social curriculum, motivated and involved parents, and staff that go above and beyond to make sure every child learns. Our children love learning and we have no doubt that they will continue to be successful with the solid foundation they've acquired at The Children's School.
Great school! Our child is thriving and is academically way beyond his peers that attend the local public school. He is challenged and motivated to question and think critically about things. In addition, the specialty classes are phenomenal. His appreciation for art is amazing and when we visit museums together, he usually ends up teaching me something I didn't already know. We also love the summer camp program. Quite simply, it's the best one around.
As a second year family, I can say that we are happy to be at The Children's School and are looking forward to many more years here. As another parent mentioned, there are so many great programs going on at the school. The curriculum is hands-on, project-based and integrated across the disciplines. The teachers arrive at school at sun-up and often stay until sun-down preparing for their classes. As for extracurriculars, whereas many schools are slashing programs to save money, at The Children's School they keep adding programs to enhance the students' experiences! Where else will you find music, dance, art, PE, technology and Spanish as part of the weekly schedule? If you are looking for even more variety, they offer a plethora of afterschool enrichment classes such as chess, robotics, musical theater, fencing, etc. Not surprisingly, our children look forward to every day at The Children's School.
Excellent academics. Superior social curriculum. Wonderful faculty and staff. Involved parent community. We were invited to The Children's School by another family that has their children at the school, and boy are we glad that they invited us. For our family, kids and grown-ups alike, being a part of this school has made learning fun all the way around. Our children love going to school and are extremely successful. They tested into our district's gifted and talented program, but there's no way we'd leave to go to public school. Why should we when they're receiving an education that exceeds what other area schools can offer?
Our child entered The Children's School in second grade performing at grade level but not really happy with school. Since entering TCS, we've seen a complete turn-around and we credit the professional, caring teachers and staff. We've seen our child blossom into an avid reader and learner who easily tackles problems with a can-do attitude. We've also seen him grow socially as he navigates the usual student dynamics that all children face. These social skills have even carried over to such activities as his play in the local soccer league! We are proud to be parents at The Children's School, and we encourage anyone looking for a new school to stop by and visit. There's nowhere else like it!
Some of the teachers there are excellent, though others are very, very green. The Great Artist program is wonderful. So is the Fall Festival. But you can enjoy these events without being a student there and you may be better off.
Wow! That pretty much sums up our five years at The Children's School. Our children are challenged every day by a faculty that is professional, well-educated and well-prepared, and just plain smart. The school actually cares about our kids! I have no doubt that it is because of this school that our kids love learning. In addition, the school offers extracurricular activities that no other school around can rival. In fact, the after school classes always have kids from other area schools who attend! Finally, parents are encouraged and expected to be involved in their children's education here. We're definitely not a 'hand-off-let's-see-what-happens' kind of family. We feel extremely fortunate to have found a place where we are welcomed by everyone, from faculty and administration to other families.
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