The goal of TCPS Middle School is to prepare intelligent, creative, successful and insightful students for academic success.
The TCPS middle school curriculum is research based, and provides students with the academic and life skills to be successful throughout their life and to continue their love for learning. Beginning in Middle School, students are offered additional electives beyond their core classes. Students in grades 7 and 8 have the choice to take Spanish language class or an Advanced Research class each day. Students who opt to take Spanish are often able to test out of Spanish 1 and 2 in high school. Those who sign up for Advanced Research will begin their high school career with a thorough knowledge of research methods and presentation skills.
PACT is a class held once a week for all Middle School students. PACT stands for, “Partner and Collaborate Together.” It is a forum to discuss issues affecting the Middle School students and a time to build a strong Middle School community. Topics are discussed that are present among students and the school (social issues, projects, classes, etc.), relevant to their age group (handling peer pressure, making the right choices, etc.), and ones that will prepare them for high school (time management, how to approach a teacher, where to look for help when its needed, etc…). PACT also provides a block of time for our Middle School to collaborate on long term projects as a group. Students also attend an annual Middle School Camp at no additional charge.
Where do our students go after graduating from the TCPS Middle School?
Our students are prepared for success in high school and beyond. Every year, our graduates move onto the most competitive private high schools such as Bishop’s, Francis Parker, La Jolla Country Day, Cathedral, Our Lady of Peace, St. Augustine, and Grauer. Those students that choose a public high school, often enter into the honors, AP, and IB track in public high schools.
Students from the TCPS graduating class of 2020 were accepted to the following private and public high schools for Fall 2020:
- Francis Parker School
- The Bishop’s School
- The Grauer School
- La Jolla Country Day School
- Academy of Our Lady of Peace
- Cathedral Catholic High School
- The School for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SET)
The Child’s Primary School has prepared me for high school and beyond by teaching me not just information from a book, but giving me tools. Tools to learn better, tools to grow myself as a person, tools to succeed in different life situations. With the knowledge and support TCPS has given me, I have no doubt that I can be successful at Bishops and in my future academic and life adventures. I can’t wait! -Flavia, class of 2018
Coming into 8th grade I was very nervous about having to study for the ISEE and having to start high school applications. Although, as it got closer and closer to that time, I realized I didn’t need to worry. TCPS had prepared me for high school and everything that came with it. I definitely don’t think I would be where I am today without TCPS. I can’t wait to go to Francis Parker next year. Go Lancers! -Amber, class of 2018
TCPS focused on helping my growth, not only academically but also socially. The small class sizes allowed me to receive the one on one attention that I needed to excel in academics. All of the teachers are so focused on the students and create a positive learning environment for everyone! Thanks to TCPS I will be attending the Academy of Our Lady of Peace in the fall. -Hannah, class of 2018
Throughout my nine years at TCPS, I have learned a lot of valuable lessons and made a lot of lifelong friends. TCPS was truly like a second family because everyone helped each other out whether it was classmates helping each other study for the upcoming test or all of the parents pitching in to create a Halloween Carnival every year. I am truly grateful for all the time and lessons I have learned at TCPS and I will never forget all the memories and people I’ve met. Thank you to all of the teachers for always helping me in the classroom and in life. -Ali, class of 2017
There were two huge things that I valued from TCPS which made me enjoy my experience; they were the small class sizes and small community. The biggest thing about TCPS that I valued was the student-teacher relationship and being able to have a personal connection with the teachers. This allows the teacher to get to know us better as students and help our growth. The small community allowed us to get to know everyone and be able to interact with all the different grades. -Arjun, class of 2017
Looking back at my experience attending The Child’s Primary School, I can confidently say that this is not just a school, but also a community, and there’s no place that can compare. I was surrounded by teachers that nurtured my talents and pushed me further to the point that I have them to thank now for helping me understand my love of writing, and future ambitions to pursue that love. As a family, TCPS welcomes every student into an environment that values teamwork, creativity, hard work, and the love of learning. It is truly a special place. -Dani, class of 2016
My favorite thing about being a student at TCPS was that I was in an environment that encouraged curiosity. At TCPS, learning was important because it helped you gain knowledge and understanding about your favorite things, not because it led to a good grade. This mindset of learning for the sake of learning is something that I continue to carry with me, and has helped me immensely in high school. -Hannah, class of 2015