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The Children's School

2225 Torrey Pines Lane
La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 454-0184


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We know that finding the right environment for your child's education makes a world of difference. At The Children's School in La Jolla, our Toddler through Eighth Grade students are part of a unique, progressive learning environment where risk-taking is expected, where making a difference is encouraged, and where working together is the norm. For over 40 years, TCS has been inspiring, engaging, and preparing students to become 21st Century learners and leaders through a hands-on, project-based, academic curriculum and a nationally recognized social curriculum.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op, Reggio-Emilia

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Spanish

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of The Children’s School is to inspire each child's unique potential and desire for life-long learning through a strong academic, social and environmental curriculum.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The home-school-connection starts over the summer when our teachers make a home visit to the student's home. Next, the students are invited to sneak-a-peek of the classroom, prior to the first day of school, to check out the environment with their family. Once the school year starts, daily messages about what happened in the classroom are left for parents to view and ask their children about, and the teachers check in with parents at pick-up. Additionally, weekly emails are sent to all parents outlining the curriculum of the past week and any upcoming events. The home-school-connection is incredibly important for the success of all students, and something we take pride in.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on