"Inspiring lifelong learners since 1983"
Students enrolled 86
Hours 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Mr. Jim Price
Transportation options None
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3811 Mount Acadia Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92111

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5 stars
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January 07, 2014
I have a daughter brand new to this school (5th grade) the moment I knew that I loved this school was when she came home and told me that she loved algebra! Coming from my child that was less than interested in any subject at her previous school. The teachers and staff are great and my daughter raves about how much she loves being at school. Whenever she struggles in school academically I have recieved calls from her teacher to find a solution which I think is amazing! Most schools just wait until the parent recieves the bad report card. They have a science lab, teach spanish, and the 5th graders run a "coffee shop to teach business skills. I adore this school and I am so happy that we found it! Highly recommened.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
With such small class sizes it s impossible for a student to not have close attention from the teacher. The school emphasizes a hands on approach for children to learn and research without a hint of ROTE learning. It s very academic, dynamic, interesting, and fun. Unlike last year at the public school, both of our children LOVE going to school. I appreciate the thinking outside the box approach and I enjoy hearing my children tell me about their projects. Another benefit of such a small school is that students quickly know each other. The activities allow kids to work across age groups, so my son has friends in kindergarten, first, second, and even third grade. The older students have been nice, and it s rewarding to see a first grader wave and yell to kids much older and get a positive response. The children play across grades/ages/boys and girls together. I feel a huge burden has been lifted from my shoulders. My workload supervising and assisting my daughter has gone down to almost zero. I talked to the teacher and I got detailed feedback that showed me that the teacher understood my daughter better than any previous teacher had. TCPS is a hidden gem.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2013
Choosing a school for your child can be a daunting task but I know we made the right decision for our son by sending him to TCPS. My son just finished attending here as a Kindergartener. I love how small the school is, how the students all work together throughout the school year in cross-age groups, and how the school really fosters a sense of community among the students. Every child feels "safe" and they can be an individual without fear of being judged by others. As for the academics, my son has a love of learning and looks forward to reading and learning math everyday. His class studied an environment (Mt. Fuji) this year and all the lessons focused around Mt. Fuji. He just really loved school! Every teacher knows every student and every student knows all the other students. The 4th and 5th graders were reading buddies to the Kindergarteners. There is a Thanksgiving Feast where the students prepare the meals in cross-age groups. The Big Event showcases the multiple talents of the school and the students. We just love this school!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2012
We have two children at TCPS and could not be happier. Some of the things we love - TCPS teaches kids 'how to learn'. They learn critical thinking, research abilities and how to express thoughts/ideas. Graduating students are usually accepted to top private schools, charter schools or honors programs at local high school. - The school reinforces the importance of being thoughtful, when to lead and when to follow. It also has a very real world feel diversity, down-to-earth), yet our children do not have to deal with many of the environmental challenges at most schools. Don't want to shelter them, but less negative influences can be good. - Grades are limited to 12-14 students; ensures students get individual attention they need to reach their potential. Our kids LOVE going to school (1 elementary, 1 middle). Best best kept secret in San Diego...families love it and half the cost of many other top private schools. That said, the school is for families that highly value a place is focused on the kids. If you are looking for a private school that will enrich your personal social life/status you will not like what they find. Which is part of why the culture remains so great :-)

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2012
My child is in seventh grade and has been here since 3rd grade. The school philosphy of instilling the love of learning really shows. When my child arrived he had hated school due to some very bad teachers at his last school. they worked hard with him and within months he was eager to go to school. Not only is he learning great academic skills, he is learning how to learn. The writing and research program is unbelievable.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2012
We moved our son here mid-year in Kindergarten after leaving another private school. He is now in 1st grade. Our son LOVES his new school. There is a strong sense of community across the grade levels. Students are engaged and inspired. The class sizes are small allowing children to get individualized attention. The teachers are phenomenal. TCPS focuses on the whole child and has a strong social-emotional curriculm.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2012
I have two kids in this school. We have been here since the oldest was in Kindergarten and now she is a middle schooler. I have never for one moment regretted the money we have spent to send them here. I truly believe this is the best school in San Diego. The small classes, the individual attention, the cross-age learning, the social-emotional curriculum, all of it is amazing. The teachers are all top-notch, devoted professionals who care about all the students and their success. Even more amazing, every year the school gets better. Administrators and the board actively seek parent input on ways to improve the school and act on that input. My kids have been so happy here and have learned not just the material to pass a test, but how to be a good person, a good student, and a good member of a community. I saw the review from a concerned uncle or aunt and I can't even imagine how they could be describing this school. My only conclusion is that they made a mistake in the school they were reviewing. At TCPS, if your child is having a problem in the classroom, the teachers will work with you and your child to resolve it. Awesome school!

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2012
My niece went to this school and the lack of teacher control was startling. Her class was able to do whatever they wanted and no discipline was instated due to the fact that the teachers want the students to be "free" in their actions. Such a joke. There was no accountability for their actions which made the environment for the niece incredibly uncomfortable. I do not recommend this school to anyone looking for more than a expensive, unstructured daycare.

- submitted by a community member
April 05, 2011
TCPS is THE school we were looking for. My son is thriving there. We have been with them for 2 years now. We could not ask for anything more in a school. They have a great philosophy and they are what they say they are. The teachers are awesome, loving and caring. One on one attention is great due to small class size of 12 students per class. My son does not want to leave school when I go to pick him up. After school daycare is great too. Very creative activities in after school daycare for the kids to be busy. Best part about TCPS is that - My son is excited to go to school every single day!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
Very well-rounded school. Challenging academics, social and emotional program is great! I would recomend it to any parent looking for a great education with small class size for their child.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
TCPS is an excellent school. My kids work hard, but they enjoy every minute of it. This is a school where my kids feel comfortable to be themselves. The science program is amazing!! Don't be put off by the looks of the campus, it's what's going on inside that counts!

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2011
Absolutely the best school in San Diego. Excellent academics coupled with outstanding social/emotional skills. All the kids know each other as well as all the teachers and staff and vice versa. People often tell me just how impressed they are with my son and I recently saw him sit infront of a group of my peers at a seminar and freely, comfortably and communicate with 30+ adults articulately and easily - even I was impressed. I've heard from other parents about cliques, criticisms (bullying) at other private schools. At TCPS this is non-existent - everyone is not only respected but embraced for who they are. Our only regret is that this is a K-8 school only. I highly recommend this school to any parent who wants a fabulous education as well as a fabulous experience for their child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
This school is a nurturing creative environment, where children actively participate in the learning process, and truly learn to think, discern and evaluate, Real life skills for whole people! the year I spent working at this school was one of the best teaching experiences I have ever had.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
This is a small school in which each child is respected as an individual and respects, appreciates, and accepts their class mates, as well. The staff is inspiring and creative. The kids uniformly love going to school. Getting them to leave at the end of the day, however, can be more of a challenge. My daughter has been challenged, stimulated, and taught as much about creativity, caring, and compassion as academics.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2009
Our daughter attended what we thought was a top-notch private school K-6. Then we applied to several private schools for her 7th grade year. The Bishops School recommended TCPS as an alternate. Wow! The level of personal attention students receive at TCPS is unequalled. Each student is simultaneously supported & challenged. Our daughter progressed rapidly, she blossomed academically but more important: personally. She was not overworked or subjected to the intense pressure & peer competition inherent in other top-performing schools. Two years later she was accepted by some of the best & most exclusive high schools in the nation, and she has continued to excel thanks to TCPS. Our only regret is not having sent our daughter to TCPS from day one. It is a remarkable school that consistently achieves success in a truly caring & peaceful environment. We couldn t be more grateful to TCPS & we miss it greatly.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2009
Our only regret is not having sent our daughter to TCPS from day one. It is a remarkable school that consistently achieves success in a truly caring & peaceful environment. We couldn t be more grateful to TCPS & we miss it greatly.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2008
After an exhaustive search of private schools in San Diego, we feel so fortunate to have found The Child's Primary School for our Kindergartener. The building itself isn't much to look at, but we ignored our first impressions and decided to give it a try anyway. As soon as we met the school staff, we knew that we had found the perfect school for our son. Since joining the school, our son is thriving both academically and socially. The small class sizes have afforded him so many opportunities! He attends art and music classes, practices everything from tennis to tag during PE, visits the school library, and has 7 new best friends (his classmates). He is learning creative ways to solve conflicts with peers, how to take responsibility for his actions, and how to be part of a team/community. Maggie Price (the kindergarten teacher) is phenomenal! She does a wonderful job integrating the kids at the beginning of the school year, making students (and parents) feel at ease. The school really feels like a big family! TCPS has far surpassed our academic expectations as well. It has been such a joy to watch our son's enthusiasm for learning as he reads us a bedtime story or pulls out our dusty globe to explain the geographical features of the continents. His teachers are constantly coming up with new and creative ways to spark his interest in learning. Their expertise and dedication to the children at the school is unlike anything we have ever seen! Other pros of the school: - Hot lunches available - Affordable before/after school care (no reservations required) - No pushy fundraising schemes - Low tuition & monthly payment plans - Lots of parent involvement (including opportunities for working parents to help out). - Lots of community involvement - Awesome library (and a hip librarian who never tires of helping the kids find whatever books they like). - Park beside the school gives kids extra room to play - Fun and creative place to learn Bottom line: Even in tough economic times, we feel that this is one of the best investments we have made in our son's future. Tour the school and we think that you'll agree with us.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2008
I was a student at tcps for a year and the teaching quality was definitely below average the children lacked cultural experience and the school had little to no resources, not to mention the total lack of extracurricular av=activities

- submitted by a student
no rating July 06, 2007
This school does not teach only the basic skills, it teaches the Students how to be better people, while giving them the tools to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2006
Everything we were looking for. This azing school had been rated down slightly in the past for extracurricular activities but in 2005-6 they started a basketball team and a soccer team. The coach is incredible, the kids love it and the parents very involved. Next year they're going to have baseball as well. In addition to the wide variety of after-school activities they already had, this completes the full picture to bring the TCPS experience to near perfect

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March 14, 2006
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December 13, 2005
My son has been with TCPS since Kindergarten and is now in the 5th grade. I wanted a place where he could develop in a kind and responsive social environment and not get lost in the crowd --- and this is what we've found at TCPS. Their cross-age activities prove to be very valuable to social development as well. The curriculum is advanced, but allows each child to work within their level without being left behind or lacking stimulation. The teachers and staff are outstanding and really prove to make the school a special experience.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2005
The Child's Primary School is a remarkable place. It truly is the best thing going in San Diego for elementary and middle school education. Within these walls, students are challenged academically and socially. The academic curriculum is rigorous and engaging. However, the more important strength of the school is the way they teach the students to be people of character. Lots of schools have 'character posters' around the campus. At T.C.P.S., these words are not hollow. Students who struggle with socially accepted behaviors are guided and encouraged to learn better, more peaceful ways to manage themselves. The expectations of integrity and hard work are equally high. My children are thriving and flourishing in this emotionally safe, academically challenging school.

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November 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
The Child's Primary School is a fantastic school. Classes are small--only 12 children, so your child gets alot of attention. The staff are very creative and find interesting innovative ways to teach and foster a strong sense of community. Kids interact in groups between the grades K - 8. There are special teachers for all grades in music, Spanish, science, math and PE (where they learn real sports). The true test: the kids love school! My son is thriving in 2nd grade. The philosophy is 'the child is primary'. There are wonderful special programs like The Big Event (an annual school-wide 'event'--sometimes a show but not always) and the Thanksgiving Feast that the children put on themselves and work together to complete. This school really strives to foster a sense of community and family. Children are nurtured and encouraged to explore education and grow to their fullest potential. We love it!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
My children have attended The Child's Primary School since Kindergarten. They tell me daily how much fun they have in school. They even want to stay after school for fun activities. The most positive aspect of TCPS is the relationships my children have made with the teachers. They know TCPS is a place of trust and love which helps them grow emotionally, as well as in their academics. In short, it is a very happy place!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2005
TCPS, one of San Diego greatest kept secrets. My son came to this school speaking very little English, after a year now he is fluent and is even beginning to read. I have greatly enjoyed my year here at this school. The sense of community and caring is something so wonderful I don't have enough space here to describe. As I watched at the end of the year the children getting thier awards for regional and worldwide competitions, I thought how great is that, that could be my son up there someday with the help of a great education from this wonderful school. This school combines great values with a real hands-on way of learning that works! Here there really isn't anyone left behind, they are all achievers! I highly recommend this school as the best choice for any family.

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June 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2005
Our daughter is just finishing her kindergarten year at TCPS. We chose TCPS because of it's commitment to teaching 1) respect for individual uniqueness; 2) principles, such as integrity and accountability; and 3) lifelong learning, meaning not just 'what' to learn, but 'how' and 'why.' The school has delivered on all of these promises. When friends are over for dinner we love asking our daugther, now 6, to define for them the meaning of 'integrity.' Ask an adult to do so some time. You'd be surprised at the answers you get. Oh yes, and our daughter is reading, writing, etc. well above grade level. We are proud of our daughter's accomplishments at TCPS. She will definitely be back at the school next year. One more note: Maggie Price, one of the two founders of TCPS, is also the Kindergarten teacher. I don't think you will find a more dedicated and focused teacher.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2005
This year, as a fifth grader, has been one of many successes. Many multiplication algorithms were hard for me to understand. This year, I learned every method that was hard for me, and many other algorithms. I was always afraid to ask someone about multiplication methods. My self confidence was built up during this year benefiting almost every subject. When I started to read better, I was able to understand books better. I kept reading more and more books. When my teachers assigned us paragraphs, they kept improving after every assignment. Because of this, I write poems, stories, and fantasy letters as one of my hobbies, and sometimes post them online by anonymous on my favorite website. As I began writing more and more, my cursive neatened. The benefits of all these improvements will help me in middle school, high school, and college as I work for an education 'Step by Step'.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
We've been at TCPS for 3 years and it is a gem. They do an outstanding job of balancing high quality academics with all important life skills: curiosity, responsibility, integrity, community building. The school is small and operates on a shoe string, but this more than made up for by the richness of the interaction between students and teachers, across grades and between families. There's a great emphasis on kids' attaining knowledge first hand-- learning by doing. They begin doing basic research projects in kindergarten (really!). The teacher to student ratio is excellent and it's a good thing too because the place is packed with inquiring minds that are ready to learn.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
My daughter is thriving at this school in every way. She loves going to school and eagerly awaits the start of each week. The small class size can't be beat and the opportunities to work in cross-age groups on a variety of projects has been wonderful. I love the fact that an 8th grader is as likely to say hello to her as a Kindergarten student. Our family feels truly privileged to be a part of the TCPS community.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
My son LOVES this school! (How many 5th graders will tell you that?) And he is learning both academics AND how to study. He is involved in research projects, cross age projects, he has a specialized math, music, science, and spanish teacher, and the school teaches values that I agree with (being inclusive, cooperative, letting failure lead to success, etc.) They value diversity among the students and parents. If you are looking for a school, you've GOT to check this one out. The campus is not much to look at, but remember what they say about books.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2005
The academics, or more the way they administer them, are incredible at this tiny school with a very small teacher-student ratio. When kids are educated in this school, they leave with a great education and sense of self.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2004
Our son has been here for grade 1-4, and he has really done well. He has been doing research reports for 2 years already, gets lots of really individualized in struction, and loves going to school! It's not perfect, after our experience with one of the other 'well respected' private schools that does not actually do individualized instruction, despite what they print in the promotional materials, I have been very happy with TCPS.

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Child's Primary, The
3811 Mount Acadia Boulevard, San Diego, CA  92111
(858) 576-2120
Last modified Child's Primary, The is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Child's Primary, The Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 36 reviews.