The Child’s Primary School, Private San Diego School

The Child’s Primary School, Private San Diego School


Maggie and I started the school in 1983, and
when we got together and sat in my living room on the floor, one of the things that
was so amazing was the spark and the energy and the creativity and the passion that we
both shared. And we talked about what should a school be like. And one of the things that we both said right
off the bat is that learning is lifelong. It doesn’t just happen for the years that
you’re in a school. And so, if learning is lifelong, then we really need to teach our
kids how to be learners and how to be thinkers. And it needs to be in an environment where
you feel comfortable, where you feel inspired, where you have choices, where it’s fun, because
we also know that we tend to do the things we enjoy. We do things we like. So we will
continue to learn if we see it is something that we enjoy and like. It’s really important that we have small classes. Every child gets a voice when they’re in a
small classroom. They get that individualized attention from the teacher. It’s a very safe
environment. They really teach the children to respect each other and respect everybody’s
individuality. With 14, 15, 10, 12 kids per class, they’re
actually able to be a real active part of every learning experience. In a small classroom, even the child who’s
doing fine, but perhaps not reaching their potential, is really supported and encouraged
to really reach as far as they can go. We believe that our job as teachers is to
teach kids how to learn, to show them how to think and how to process and how to ask
questions. He’s learning how to really be a thinker,
and we see that when he comes home and he starts carrying on conversations with us that
we never knew that a kindergartner could carry on. Interpersonal skills are a big focus at our
school and within our curriculum because we recognize how important they are in success
in life. When you look around our school, you will see keys that are posted in each
one of our classrooms. These keys are important things that we feel lead to successful lives.
They’re things like integrity, speaking with good purpose, that failure leads to success. The philosophies here at TCPS were one of
the things that drew my husband and I to the school in the first place. We had met a group
of children at the park before our kids even attended here, and we just loved the way they
were interacting with the teachers and the relationship they had. And we could tell some
of the philosophies that were transferred into the students. Our school is a fun place to be. You can walk
through the halls, you can walk through the classrooms, and you see joy, the joy of learning. We named the school The Child’s Primary School
because the child is primary, and that commitment has been our inspiration since 1983. We would love for you to come and see the
school for yourself. Contact us for your own personal tour.

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