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.
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.
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 daughter has been at TCS since kindergarten, it is the only school she knows. I am heart sick to read these mean-spirited reviews by parents. The school has had its ups and downs. No school is perfect. It is always a work in progress. The school has changed our lives. Not only is my child inspired to show up EVERY day, she does her best work and is confidant and comfortable in her skin. Something that is rare with teens in this day and age. She feels safe and welcome. She wants to learn and does her best because she wants to please her teachers. The academics are very strong and she is constantly challenged. The grounds are beautiful and I could not disagree more with the previous post... there is nothing depressing about TCS. It is a joy filled campus where students are happy and cheerful and excited to learn. Students are respectful. While there is not the parent involvement there should be, we are hopeful that will improve. TCS is magical and unique and has set the foundation for my daughter's true love of learning. I stand by TCS 100%. There is more to life than a standardized test.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
For two summers in a row, my daughter is enjoying the summer camp at the Children's school. Christy Dunn, the Activities Director, has done a fantastic job, offering a wide range of camps, from performing arts to sports and put a lot of effort into impeccable organization. Camps start on time every single day, the drop off and pick up is smooth and fast. The staff is very professional and helpful. I want to add, that my child has special needs and finding a camp that will be a good fit is tough. But not at Children's school. My child is included 100%, her differences are embraced and the teachers always make sure that activities are modified to fit her needs. Being at this school has been a wonderful, stress free experience. My daughter is looking forward to the next year to come back and enjoy summer with her friends.
Great summer camp! Every two weeks they offer different themes! Love the options to pick and choose from every other week, allowing us to take vacations, etc. The camp director, Christy, is fantastic and the staff are wonderful! Christy went way beyond my expectations. She knew every child and parent by name and made an effort to touch base with everyone every day. She has a wonderful talent for bonding with the little ones! His camp teacher and camp counselor were also fantastic and were a comfort to him when he missed mom! I was very scared and reluctant to let my 5 year old attend the half-day camp, especially since he has never been to a camp away from his school. However, he had a wonderful time! He made friends with a few of the other boys there. We will definitely be back next summer!
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