The teachers are great, the campus is beautiful, the class sizes are small, the kids are phenomenal. The big problem is here is a total lack of trust in the leadership. The Board doesn't hold the Head accountable, and the new Head is quickly making enemies of the parents. Such potential here. Sad to not see it realized because of a lack of real leadership.
TCS is a poor excuse for a school. The "progressive" approach really only works through second grade, and even then it depends on whether you get the "good" teacher or not. The upper elementary and middle school are a hot mess and it is around this time that panic among parents sets in. There is so much uncertainty about what is happening and what is going to happen next (is my child receiving a solid education? why are the children losing confidence in themselves? why are there so many behavior problems at this school? why is there so much turnover in admin? why are board members pulling their kids out? are we really going to do this through 8th grade? what's wrong with this picture?). Parents are nervous and they should be. Listen to that voice inside - the one that keeps you up at night worrying, the one that makes you question everything. There are far better schools in the area and many of them don't cost tens of thousands of dollars. This is an overall poor choice because even if you have a few good years in the early years, you will have to uproot your kids and make a change in the middle of elementary school. The only thing certain about TCS is uncertainty.
This is a school that most people dream of - a 6 acre campus with ocean breezes, a dedicated, highly intelligent and caring faculty, small class sizes, project-based learning and happy, confident and smart students. My husband and I looked at many schools before I toured The Children's School and fell in love with it. Our family has been at the school for 5 years and the growth I have seen in my children is incredible. The school's Toddler program is unmatched and I have been wowed by every year since. While the children in the early years think they are playing and doing projects, every piece of the curriculum is there for a very precise reason. That reason is clear now that our daughter is in Elementary school and is out-performing her peers at other schools (while still enjoying and loving school). The students in Elementary school have amazing teachers (with masters degrees in education), access to a state of the art music lab, a speciality science teacher, technology, art, PE three times a week, library, the list goes on and on. I cannot say enough good things about this school. We love it!
The Children's School does an excellent job of living up to it's mission which is " to INSPIRE each child's unique potential and desire for life-long learning through a strong Academic, Social and Environmental curriculum. The Faculty thoughtfully and creatively teach material and skills relevant to the 21st century. The children approach learning with joyful anticipation.Children learn for the material, not the grade. Performance milestones are described , giving a more thorough and precise assessment. Given this, cheating is not learned and therefore non-existent. This was a big draw for me as it appears a huge problem elsewhere. Mutual respect is a value that resonates throughout the community. Children from the start learn how to get along with others. This is the foundation of future success in high school, college and career. As a parent of an Alumni I can attest to how my child's education at The Children's school has impacted our lives. My child is a happy, confident life-long learner who is ready for the next educational hurdle . It doesn't get better than this. But for those who can't think past the grade, yes, there are plenty of A's :)
An absolute gem. My children have attended "TCS" for 4 years. I have two daughters, one in prekindergarten and the other in first grade. The innovative, hands-on, child-led curriculum is unparalleled. My daughters LOVE going to school each and every day. They are safe, seen, and nourished all while academically thriving. The gap between home and school is seamless as the teachers are constantly communicating about what learning is happening in the classroom. My two daughters learn very differently and both have flourished in at this school. I highly recommend this school. Additionally, the new head, John Fowler, will sell you on the absolute importance of a project-based learning environment for children and how it is essential towards creating tomorrow's critical thinkers. Our family couldn't be happier with our decision to enroll our children here.
"Mommy, I love school." Such beautiful words to hear from a 2nd grader. All three of our kids started in the toddler program and have been part of the TCS family for the past 6 years. The campus of TCS is warm and inviting. TCS provides a place where each child is respected as a person and as a learner, and a place where parents can be involved with their children's learning. Teachers Teachers at TCS offer an environment that is caring, nurturing, and engaging. Through project based learning children are empowered to not only learn, but to be excited about learning. TCS also teaches each and every child to be a great citizen through respect for others, communication and problem solving. New Head of School Mr. Fowler is engaging with both parents and students. Mr. Fowler has taken the time, out of his busy day, to call me and let me know about a conversation he had with our first grader. What a great addition to TCS. 1 Star Review? Be real! You didn't get your personal agenda listened to, so that deserves one star? If TCS is such a horrible place why come back each and every year for ten years? Fundraising - TCS is a non-profit that survives on fundraising.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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