Supporting The Children's School | A TCS Community Effort

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The Children’s School is a non-profit organization whose ongoing health and sustainability depends on the generosity of the entire community. Your gift advances the mission of TCS and ensures we are able to provide meaningful experiences for our students for the next 50 years and beyond.


To make an online gift now, click here.


To make a gift by check, please make it payable to The Children’s School, and send it to:
The Children’s School
Attention: Development Office
2225 Torrey Pines Lane
La Jolla, CA 92037


Pledges made today can be paid in full by the end of the current school year. You can pay a pledge monthly or quarterly with your credit card. Email to indicate your pledge amount and be counted as a supporter of the Annual Fund.


To make a gift of stock to The Children’s School, email our Director of Finance, Tim Kastelic, at to inform him of your intentions to transfer stock. Then, download the stock transfer form. You will receive a letter from The Children’s School’s Development Office informing you of your tax deductible contribution valued at the price of stock on the day of transfer.

Donor Advised Funds

TCS welcomes contributions from your donor advised fund (DAF) or family foundation. Below are details you will need to complete your funding request.
Organization: The Children’s School
Address: 2225 Torrey Pines Lane La Jolla, CA 92037
The TCS Federal Tax ID # is 95-2871972.

Any questions? Reach out to us at or 858.454.0184 x140.

Click Here to Make an Annual Fund Gift

For the past 50 years,TCS has counted on the generous support of parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty, staff, board of trustees and friends who have invested in lifelong learning by supporting the Annual Fund. Unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund impact every aspect of the school; they help deliver high quality academics, transformative experiences, dedicated faculty and a diverse and inclusive community. 

Like many independent schools, The Children’s School intentionally sets tuition below the full cost of an education. Gifts to the Annual Fund allow the school to maintain our tuition while expanding our programs and opportunities. Community support ensures our ability to cover all costs—from faculty and staff salaries and professional development to tuition assistance and facilities maintenance and improvements.

When participation rates are strong, it is an indicator of our school’s collective commitment to inspire each child’s unique potential and desire for life-long learning. It also inspires giving from other TCS families and the larger community.

We ask that you make TCS one of your top philanthropic priorities and we encourage you to make a gift that is meaningful to you and your family.

Annual Fund Giving Levels

  • Benefactors: $20,000+

  • Changemakers: $15,000 – $19,999

  • Innovators: $10,000 – $14,999

  • Sustainers: $5,000 – $9,999

  • Leaders: $2,500 – $4,999

  • Lifelong Learners: $1,000 – $2,499

  • TCS Friends: $500 – $999

  • TCS Supporters: Up to $499

All leadership gifts of $2,500 or more will be recognized at an evening reception in February.

Contact us at or 858-454-0184 for more information.

Fun Night

Fun Night is our annual spring fundraising event that supports the beloved students, teachers, and programs at TCS. It’s an opportunity for our community to join together to celebrate our school and support the next generation of change makers.

Save the date for Fun Night 2024, taking place on Saturday, May 11th, 2024. If you would like to be involved in Fun Night planning, please email

Click Here to Register

Click Here for Fun Night FAQ’s

Click Here for Sponsor Packet

Click Here to Become a Sponsor

Click Here to Donate an Auction Item

Click Here to Support Financial Assistance

Thank you to our 2024 sponsors!

Coral Reef Sponsor

Pearl Sponsor

Event Catalog &
Invitations Underwriter

Cocktail Reception

Photography & Video

A/V Underwriter


For more information, or questions, please contact

Ensuring a beloved teacher’s legacy lives on for generations of students.

In May 2013, we lost a beloved educator. Maria Rose D’Orio taught Prekindergarten and Kindergarten at The Children’s School and was known for her commitment to the growth of educational programs at the school. To continue her vision for education opportunity, the D’Orio and Ford families opened a fund in her honor.

A successful fundraising effort led to the creation of an outdoor learning environment, Maria’s Dream Playground, on our campus for our youngest students. Future funds will go to support projects and initiatives that further Maria’s passion for joyful, child-centered education.