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Admissions FAQ

Is this the right school for my child and how can I be sure?

We know this is the question that many parents are ultimately trying to answer when they look at schools for their child.  We also know that after visiting many schools, researching schools online for many hours, and talking with family and friends (each who have their own opinion), parents often feel overwhelmed trying to answer the question: Is this the right school for my child and how can I be sure?

The goal of the admissions process at TCPS is to enable us to admit students that we believe will be successful in the unique program offered at TCPS.  We strive to make certain that each student we admit is right for our school and that TCPS is the right school for your child.

How do you make that determination?

Unlike a lottery or other random process, we designed our admissions process to get to know each student as an individual.  We believe this is the best way to determine if a particular school is right for a particular child.  By getting to know the child as an individual, we are able to assess each candidate's academic, social, and behavioral readiness for the grade for which they are applying.  Doing this, enables us to increase the likelihood of a positive school experience for the student, their family, their class, and the TCPS community at large.

So, what are you looking for in a successful applicant?

We admit students from a wide range of backgrounds and academic abilities. We have students at TCPS who have been tested and accepted into gifted and talented programs as well as seminar programs.  We also have students who have been in programs where they required academic assistance.  Really, there is no typical "TCPS student." We are looking for families who believe their child will flourish in an environment that allows for creativity within structure.  We are looking for families that expect a challenging academic program but also want their child to develop skills such as:

  • How to be a student
  • How to communicate effectively
  • How to work as part of a team
  • How to effectively resolve conflict
  • How to become a responsible and motivated life long learner

We are looking for families who want their child to discover and reach their potential.

How do I apply for my child?

The admissions process is covered in greater detail at TCPS Application Process. You can begin the process by calling a member of our admissions team at (858) 576-2120 or completing our online form to schedule a tour of the school. At the conclusion of the tour, you will be provided with an application packet, which may be downloaded from our Admissions page.

Along with the written application, each applicant has a personal interview/evaluation with one of our teachers. Once the application and interview are completed, the Admissions Committee will make a decision. Decision letters are typically mailed in the late February/early March time frame.  After that time, applications are considered on a space available basis.

Are there any opportunities to visit the school?

We recommend that everyone interested in learning more about TCPS sign-up for a school tour.  Tours are offered through the week and can be scheduled by emailing, calling (858) 576-2120 or by completing the online tour request form.  We also welcome prospective families to attend various admissions events throughout the school year.

Admissions Events for 2014/15 Enrollment Year
January 17th, 2014: Middle School Informational Coffee
January 23rd, 2014: Community Reception
January 30th, 2014: Kindergarten Open House 
March 8th, 2014: Big Event

*Check back for more events and details to be added

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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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