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Our Program

"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." - Mary Lou Cook

Walk into a classroom at The Child's Primary School and you may see children spread out on the floor with Independent Work... 8th graders huddled around the computer editing a power point presentation... students challenging each other about the significance of an historical event... a weekly class meeting... a seventh grader reworking the prototype for her invention... a class brainstorming how they can support our current community outreach focus... a 3rd grader taking notes on 3x5 cards for his first big research report... a Kindergartner and 5th grader poring over an book on insects... TCPS classrooms are active laboratories for research, experimentation, and critical thinking. No wonder children and teachers love to be here.

A creative, expansive/full, and challenging program
  • The arts, technology, Spanish, P.E., sports teams, after-school programs, Student Council, and community outreach
  • In-depth learning
  • Communication skills
Teaching the process of how to learn
  • Breaking things down into meaningful smaller steps
  • Research
  • Critical thinking
  • Recognition of different learning styles
  • Providing a variety of opportunities to express and demonstrate learning
  • Self evaluation
  • How to be a student

Attention to individual needs


Social emotional program

  • Safe environment to learn
  • Diversity and tolerance
  • Interpersonal relationships
Consistency and Community
  • Class sizes no larger than 14 students
  • Cross-age activities
  • Parent/family commitment and involvement
  • Open, respectful, steady communication

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San Diego Private School offering a premier academic and social-emotional program for students in kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school. TCPS students will experience a creative and dynamic academic experience which promotes individual success and a love for learning within a close-knit private school community. Our small class sizes, dedicated teachers, and creative academic program make TCPS the premier San Diego private school.

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