Last week we celebrated with our Class of 2019, 14 wonderful 8th grade students, as they concluded their studies here at The Child’s Primary School. They are now rising 9th grade students, about to embark on their high school careers and they are ready. Ready for summer, ready for high school and ready for what comes next. We will miss them but we’re also excited for all that the future holds in store for them.
We also recently heard from a long-ago student of ours who reaches back frequently to say “Hi!” and we are so excited when he does! It’s been over 10 years now since he graduated and he sent us this letter reflecting on what being a TCPS student has meant to him over the years, and why he continues to reach out to us, that we thought we would share. We thank him so much for his reflections!
I am currently an associate attorney at a small law firm here in San Diego and graduated from TCPS in 2008. Looking back, I honestly cannot praise The Child’s Primary School highly enough. The individualized care and attention from the faculty inspired me not only to work harder than I otherwise would, but to also seek personal growth by realizing my strengths and talents.
For instance, I was always fairly good at drawing. I was therefore assigned the task of drawing an Ancient Egyptian mural for our year’s Big Event, which still stands out in my memory as one of my proudest moments and was an honestly enjoyable experience.
The faculty provided honest feedback while also making learning fun in new and creative ways. I still remember much of my teachers’ advice on writing techniques, speaking skills, memorization, and studying which not only laid the foundation for my later education, but also taught me skills that I still use in my daily work routine today.
TCPS always had a very family and home-like environment. I recall there being no divisions in my closest friendships based on the differences in our respective backgrounds, as some of my closest friends at TCPS had entirely different upbringings and childhood experiences. This taught me an appreciation for others that I may not otherwise have if I’d gone to a larger school.
I also recall many of the fun trips we took as a class, including multiple-day excursions to San Francisco and to Catalina Island which exposed me to the fun of camping and hiking (which are now some of my favorite hobbies).
I also believe I owe at least some of my commitment to public service and volunteering in part to my time at TCPS, as TCPS’s Big Event (and the school’s education in general) showed me that helping others and contributing to something larger than myself can be more rewarding than acting on purely selfish motives.
I also need to acknowledge the patience the faculty and staff showed me (as I know there were times I was certainly not the easiest student to deal with), but their encouragement and positive reinforcement helped me grow and better prepared me for later in my education and for life in general.
-Adam Lubliner, Class of 2008