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Invest in students today and tomorrow through a tax-deductible gift. It’s easy to support us online, with pledges, via check or through stock or matching gifts.


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 her 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.

The TCS Federal Tax ID # is 95-2871972.

Any questions? Reach out to us at or 858.454.0184 x130

We join together to invest in the mission we believe in and the community we cherish. The Annual Fund supports our faculty, staff, and programs that make TCS a school unlike any other.

Click Here to Make an Annual Fund Gift

The Children’s School intentionally sets tuition below the full cost of an education to make the private school accessible to as many students as possible. We rely on the Annual Fund to make up the difference and support our hallmark features, such as incredible specialty programs, small class sizes, individual classroom projects, and dynamic faculty. Funds from these gifts go directly to the current year’s operating budget, and TCS is able to use this money where it is most needed and most effective.

We strive for 100% participation from families, faculty, staff and trustees. When participation rates are strong, foundations and corporations are more likely to award grants and funding to TCS. It also inspires giving from other TCS families and our larger community.

Every gift is a symbol of our collective commitment. In determining your contribution, we ask each member of our community to consider what TCS in La Jolla gives to your family, and to give a gift that is accordingly meaningful.

Annual Fund Giving Levels

  • Changemakers: $15,000+

  • Innovators: $10,000 – $14,999

  • Sustainers: $5,000 – $9,999

  • Leaders: $2,000 – $4,999

  • Lifelong Learners: $1,000 – $1,999

  • TCS Friends: $500 – $999

  • TCS Supporters: Up to $499

All leadership gifts of $2,000 or more will be recognized at an evening reception in January 2020.

Annual Fund Participation by Class

  • MWF Toddlers 86%

  • TTh Toddlers 33%

  • Room 1 Preschool 100%

  • Room 2 Preschool 87%

  • Room 5 PreK 79%

  • Room 6 PreK 100%

  • Room 7 Kindergarten 92%

  • Room 8 Kindergarten 92%

  • Room 3 1st Grade 89%

  • Room 4 1st Grade 89%

  • 2nd Grade 100%

  • 3rd Grade 100%

  • 4th Grade 100%

  • 5th Grade 75%

  • 6th Grade 91%

  • 7th Grade 100%

  • 8th Grade 94%

You can give online. You can pledge a gift to be paid in monthly installments. TCS can also accept gifts of appreciated assets such as stock or real estate which may offer the donor significant tax benefits. Contact us at or 858-454-0184 for more information on pledging a gift or giving a gift of appreciated assets.

Thank you to everyone who joined our  Totally Rad [Online] 80’s Fun Night! 

Our virtual 80’s Fun Night event took place on Saturday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the festivities. Your continued generosity supports the people, places and programs that benefit every child at TCS. The fundraising efforts from Fun Night are essential to the fiscal health of the school, now more than ever.


Thank you to our Generous Sponsors & Underwriters

Wendy Abramson

The Chapman Family

Debra Cohen

Educational Therapy of San Diego

The Kassar Family

The McGuinness Family

Terri Nelson

The Pathria Family

The Zheng Family

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.