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Private | K-8 | 86 students

Inspiring lifelong learners since 1983
 
 

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $305,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,390.

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2011:
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Posted October 7, 2014

My son went to this school for one year (4th/5th combo class) and I have some opinions....First of all our decision (I think) to xfer our son to this school was based on wrong assumption. Private school with $15000/year tuition does not mean you are getting the high quality competitive education like Cathedral or other prep schools. It also does not mean that your kid is in with a bunch of smart kids. All it means that your kid is in with kids whose parents can afford it. And some of them have SEVERE behavior issues. Now, I am not saying that my kid didn't learn anything or didn't get a better quality education than public school system, he probably did. He also took part in some wonderful projects that he thoroughly enjoyed but was it worth my $15g ? I doubt it ! There are some Great teachers and than there are some who shouldn't be teaching at all. There was a definite show of favoritism by a few teachers especially towards multiple kids families. My kid got into trouble for something very minor and had a in class suspension but another kid didn't get anything for doing something VERY MAJOR. Off course my kid was marked after that. Well needles to say we're not there anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 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


Posted October 9, 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


Posted June 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted November 8, 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


Posted November 8, 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


Posted September 7, 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


Posted 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.


Posted April 5, 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


Posted April 5, 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


Posted April 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted July 6, 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 26%
Black 7% 6%
Asian or Pacific Islander 5% 11%
Hispanic 2% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
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)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
  • 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
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Jim Price
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Independent
Fax number
  • (858) 576-2445

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI)
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • High School Counseling
  • Mentoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Coed teams
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Kickball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Coed teams
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
  • 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)
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Woodshop
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • 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
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


6 out of 10students were accepted for the 2011-2012 school year.


Students accepted for the 2011-2012 school year
30
Applications received for the 2011-2012 school year
50
Students typically come from these schools
Northminster Preschool
Unitarian Cooperative Preschool
La Jolla Methodist Church Nursery School

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2011-2012 school year
$13000 - $15000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
The Bishop's School
San Diego High School, School of International Studies
Francis Parker School
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3811 Mount Acadia Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92111
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Phone: (858) 576-2120

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