An independent private school serving San Diego students in grades K-8.

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Making a positive difference in the lives of individual students is the most important goal of The Child's Primary School. Achieving this goal is especially rewarding when the student herself acknowledges the change. A student who attended TCPS a few years ago was moved to write the following letter:

"Thank you so much for everything that you helped me accomplish in the past year. Not only do my parents see a difference in me, but I do too. TCPS has taught me much more than the typical math, language arts, science and history. It has also taught me about respect, responsibility, and honesty. I am looking forward to growing into a person who goes to a work interview and they say "Wow, she's hired! She is not only smart, but she is responsible, honest and cares about everyone around her," and then tell them where I learned these wonderful skills." - Katy, Class of 2006

We often receive feedback from former students and their parents regarding the time they spent at TCPS. By enabling students to discover the joy of life long learning, TCPS changes lives. We strive to help each student discover and realize their full potential. We believe in order to achieve that goal we need to help the student develop academically and as a person. In order to ensure that each student receives the individual attention necessary to help them achieve, we are committed to maintaining the small class sizes of 12 students per grade level in the lower grades and 16 students per grade level in the upper grades.

At TCPS we strive to keep tuition as low as possible in order to make our program available to as many families as possible. Our fundraising program allows us to bridge the gap between the costs associated with offering such small class sizes and the tuition which we charge. Additionally, our fundraising allows us to maintain diversity in our school by providing us the ability to offer scholarships to families who desire the program offered at TCPS but would otherwise not be able to afford to attend.

During the first semester of each year, TCPS sponsors its Annual Giving Campaign. The Annual Giving Campaign offers several donor clubs designed to provide giving opportunities for donors at all levels. The annual Jogathon, sponsored by The Parent Group (TPG), takes place during the second semester. During the weeks leading up to the Jogathon, students and staff collect pledges for laps they run. Parents, family and friends have the opportunity to underwrite, advertise and bid on a broad range of items in the Silent Auction.

We appreciate many ways of giving at TCPS. You may specify that your gift be targeted for a specific program or purpose, or you may leave your gift unrestricted to be used where it's needed most.

Your can make your gifts in a variety of forms including outright gifts of cash, securities, and real estate or through planned giving options such as bequests and life income plans. Your gift to TCPS is tax-deductible.

Ways to Give

Cash Gifts: A cash gift entitles the donor to receive a charitable income tax deduction in the year the gift is made. Cash gifts may be given for use by the school for all of its programs (unrestricted) or given for a specific program or special project (restricted).

Gifts of Securities: In most cases, an outright gift of appreciated securities entitles the donor to an income tax charitable deduction for the fair market value of the securities and, in the case of securities which have been held for more than a year, the avoidance of the capital gains tax. For more information, contact Jim Price.

Planned Giving: A planned gift incorporates philanthropy with estate and financial planning to benefit both you and TCPS. Planned gifts can provide many financial and non-financial benefits to you, including fulfillment of philanthropic goals, tax savings, asset management, income, security, and gifts to family.

Participate in our Jogathon: While the Jogathon is one of our two annual fundraisers, the event is so much more. The day is a wonderful day for our community to come together and enjoy being with one another while enjoying some great food, awesome music, and the opportunity to bid on some unique and wonderful items in our auctions. Our students are able to help out as well by obtaining sponsors for the number of laps they complete.

Volunteer: Your time, talents, and expertise are valuable gifts you bring to the school. Volunteering brings many benefits to the school while allowing you the opportunity to get to know other families and become involved in the TCPS community.

Join Our Giving Partners
The Child's Primary School is pleased to be a part of some very useful school support programs. By joining these programs, parents and friends can contribute to the school through their everyday purchases.

  • Register with our partners on their web sites.
  • Participating merchants will make contributions to your chosen group, based on purchases made by you, just by using the cards you have registered.
  • Your purchases are tracked online, allowing you to see just how much you are earning on your child's behalf!

eScrip: The Child's Primary School's eScrip ID is 118838095. Be sure to use this number when purchasing through these fine merchants.

OfficeDepot: Designate The Child's Primary School during your next Office Depot purchase and we'll receive 5% of your qualifying purchase in new supplies. The Office Depot number is 70013765.

Target:  Do you have a Target REDcard? "Take Charge of Education" and reward our school! Target will donate up to 1% of your REDcard purchases at Target stores in the U.S. and at to The Child's Primary School You also get a 5% discount every time you shop!  Shopping on rewards TCPS. Simply click on the amazon link from The Parent Group Section of the school's webpage, select items for your shopping cart, and make the purchase in one session. 

eScrip/Vons:  Register your VONS card and use it when you shop with your debit card, check or cash. A percentage of you purchases will be donated to TCPS. 

Ralphs:  Link your Ralph's card to The Child's Primary School and use it when you shop. A percentage of your purchases will be donated to The Child's Primary School. 

For more details on the Giving Partners, Visit The Parent Group Section. 

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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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