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The Children's School

Private | PK-8 | 245 students

We believe in educating the whole child, intellectually, emotionally & socially

 

Living in San Diego

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $810,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,690.

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 14 ratings

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Posted August 31, 2014

I'm exhausted to read the reviews by the one parent with an ax to grind. This is a fantastic school that has gone through growing pains and is on a solid path. The teachers are loving and caring and extremely gifted. We have been at this school 9 years now and it pains me to read these lop-sided reviews that are vindictive and mean-spirited. And I'm offended the reviewer takes issue with current parents saying we don't face the facts. If that isn't a personal attack, I don't know what is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2014

Our children have attended TCS since 2005 and have never regretted it for a day. The teachers are enthusiastic and talented, and they make sure every student is comfortable and happy, while making progress both socially and academically. Our younger kids love going to school there and our oldest is now attending Bishops which has been an easy transition in every way. We are excited to see what the new head of school birings and are confident that the essence of what makes TCS great will continue for a long time to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2014

It is shocking that parents are still sending their children here. Most of the families still attending, are just comfortable, and not wanting to face the facts. Teachers are young and inexperienced, administration is a joke, overall the place is a mess! Good Riddance!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2014

A disappointment. Anything above preschool is very limiting in terms of quality of learning. Middle school program is particularly disappointing. Although school claims to support social and emotional learning the school's administration often do not reflect this value in their treatment of parents and children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2014

We have attended this school for six years, and we love the progressive educational philosophy, and overall our teachers have been excellent. The class sizes are small, and the teachers get to know the children well. For the past four years, however, leadership has been lacking. There has been turnover in administration, a serious lack of communication and transparency, and a combative, defensive stance from both the administration and the Board when issues are raised by teachers or parents. My understanding is that a new Head has been hired for next year, and I am hopeful that this school will once again be able to live up to its potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2014

Great early education program. Perfect nurturing setting for pre-school through pre-K. The grounds are beautiful, the facilities age appropriate, the staff friendly and supportive. Unfortunately this is where it stops. There is no recognizable academic program; after watching our kindergartener make no progress with basic handwriting, reading and counting skills we had to step in and provide these core skills through a tutor at home. There is no cohesive content, no homework and no testing; my child was left bored and unchallenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2014

We toured four different schools a few years ago, and choosing The Children's School was a no brainer. The teachers are fantastic! Our kids love school, and this is reflected in their great academic strides. If you have any doubts, visit the school and see for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2014

The Children's School provides the environment, support, and love to each and every child. TCS fosters the love of learning, critical thinking, and creativity. Their social and academic curriculum is top notch and the teachers are amazing facilitators, mentors, and friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2014

Parents should know there is no "individualized curriculum" despite what they tell you on tour and on the website. When I asked for my daughter to receive some skills to improve her writing (after 6 months of no writing program whatsoever in class), I was told flat out "no" and, "that is not in the nature of our program". Shocking. My kids think school is too easy, they are not challenged and there are no opportunities for them to advance since everyone does the same work. There are no grades to motivate them to try harder. I feel my kids are now behind their peers at other schools. This is not what we signed up for at all. Empty promises at the children's expense and with a high price tag. Very disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

The Children's School lacks structure and academia and needs a severe restructuring in order to prepare their students for any future education outside of the TCS " homework-free" bubble.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2014

The Children's School has been an amazing academic AND social experience for both of my intelligent and curious children. Both of our children started attending the school in Preschool and finished in the NMY middle school's 8th grade. There are many things we really love and appreciate about TCS's philosophy and academic environment. The school's social curriculum teaches all aged students how to resolve conflicts, be a good friend and be respectfully assertive. My kids learned how to advocate for themselves early on and this really paid off when they got into high school. We also loved the amazing teachers and the mentoring that happens in a small school. All my kids teachers knew and CARED about who my kid was academically and socially. They advised, guided and taught my boys in ways I never got in my public school education as a kid. No school is perfect! But for those parents who have said that there is not enough guidance and too much wasted time in class are very illl informed and narrow minded. As for readiness for high school, both my kids were amazingly prepared and are academically secure. I have a junior in a local public HS and he is getting very high grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2014

The Children's School has been a fabulous experience for my entire family. When my son was 3, he came home from class and informed me that the castle we were building wasn't "structurally sound" and we "need to widen the base". Fast forwarded to this year's "Great Artist" project: His class researched artists then gave an iMovie or keynote presentation. The class voted for David Lanham, illustrator/creator of the Twitter Bird & "Hatch", a virtual pet. (His twitter feed from Mar/Apr that mentions The Children's School can be found at https://twitter.com/dlanham). The class skyped, emailed and wrote letters to him (on "what art means to me"). There was a field trip to a nature preserve. The math, science, social studies, geography, painting, learning journals, drawing, geometry, comparison writing projects were centered on this artist & his art. Students even planned & built a walk-in tower. The finished products were amazing. It was a joy to watch students thrilled & exited to be at school every day, waiting to get started. What a wonderful & fun way to learn! I highly recommend The Children's School. We reviewed several schools. This school is the perfect choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2014

I am a teacher who has worked at amazing independent schools on both coasts and picked The Children's School because of its progressive model and commitment to our students. As a teacher who can work anywhere in our country, I do not regret my decision. I love working at TCS because we have amazing families and even more amazing students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 3, 2014

My school is a big disappointment. It was really good several years ago, but starting four years ago it's gone downhill and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. It used to have a strong social curriculum but it does not now. It used to have really great teachers but they have left. I don't understand why one parent said all the graduates get into their first choice of schools. This year only one student got into their first choice school, the others got into second and third choice schools, and one person didn't get into any. This is not a good school to prepare you for going to a High School of your choice because it isn't strong academically, and now its social curriculum isn't strong either. If you care for your kids, don't send them here after Preschool. It's a nice campus and well located for people who live in La Jolla. But I can't recommend anything about this unprofessional and depressing place. There used to be a feeling of community but there isn't anymore. Like me, my family is sad and disappointed and so we are leaving. I'm worried if I'm too specific my rating will be taken down so I'll leave it at that. After 8 years, I cannot recommend at all to anyone.


Posted May 1, 2014

This school is a complete disappointment. There is no accountability of any kind beginning from the Administration. I pulled my kids out before school year was over as did many other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2014

Our daughter has experienced both public and private schools and she loves being at The Children's School. Children are treated with respect, trust and appreciation for their learning styles and individuality. They learn through hands-on discovery and not rote memorization. Their critical thinking skills are developing alongside their social-emotional growth. The campus is a beautiful extended classroom, the teachers are talented and creative and the administration is dedicated and approachable. Parents are welcoming and there are lots of ways to get involved and continuing our own learning through the parent education events. While electives and the fine arts are going by the wayside at public schools, The Children's School has specialty classes (PE, art, music, science, library, technology) that are a part of the weekly schedule. There is even a dance academy and community garden on campus, along with after-school sports, enrichment classes and summer camps. We love TCS, and our only regret is we didn't find it sooner to enroll when our daughter was a toddler!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

Graduates from The Children's School are accepted at their school of choice. They are highly successful once they make the transition, even though they have little exposure to "multiple choice" testing or grades. TCS graduates are such confident and proficient learners that they soon master the skills necessary to be successful at ANY school, project-based or not. Our graduates are highly sought after in local schools, and are a source of pride for all of us. Alumni often return to stay connected and later enroll their own children at TCS, having experienced and knowing the value of project-based learning and the social curriculum that it unique to TCS firsthand. Highly recommend TCS to everyone, especially those who wish for lifelong learners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

This has been a wonderful school experience for my son. They treat the children with respect and as individuals. He has learned an amazing amount of core academic skills but more importantly has remained engaged, developed a love of learning and learned to challenge himself. I also appreciate that social issues between him and classmates have been handled quickly and with thoughtfulness to encourage social learning. The small class size has allowed him to get individual teacher attention in areas where he was ready for a special challenge. I know he will be able to succeed in any academic environment with the skills he has learned here. Thank you TCS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

No accountability, weak academics, so much wasted time. Lack of guidance, support, supervision, or assessments for teachers or students. Attrition rates are very high. Staff and programs are cut while tuition increases every year. Administration is totally incompetent and deceptive. I have a lot of regret and would never recommend this school to anyone.


Posted January 29, 2014

My three children are students at The Children's School. My oldest child is in second grade and in her fifth year at the school. The school blends real world learning with high academic standards. Students are able to apply what they learn in the classroom into their personal lives and community which allows them to own their work and gives the material meaning. The emergent curriculum is based on the interests of the group so the children are engaged and invested in their learning. The classrooms and school-wide community are infused with joy, compassion, respect, curiosity, and excitement. My children have developed close bonds with their teachers and peers. The school has become our home away from home. I highly recommend that you take a tour - you will discover a magical place.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 91% 26%
Hispanic 4% 52%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Tagalog
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Best Summer Day Camp in San Diego (2008)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Recycling club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30am
School end time
  • 3:00pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Evelyn Terry
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (858) 454-0186

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
  • Reggio Emilia
  • progressive
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
  • Girl scouts
  • Green Team
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
More from this school
  • We are a community that values diversity and promotes the development of character, critical and creative thinking, communication and leadership skills, intellectual curiosity and social responsibility.
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What are your chances?


4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
60
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
150

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $19000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
financial assistance if qualified

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Independent - CAIS accrediated
Charter
Public
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2225 Torrey Pines Lane
San Diego, CA 92037
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Phone: (858) 454-0184

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