Business Spotlight: Learning by doing at The Children’s School in La Jolla


At The Children’s School in La Jolla “learning by doing” is the primary objective. The school focuses on developing young minds through innovative teaching techniques that inspire a love for learning. The challenging curriculum provides each child with tools he or she will use throughout their lives.

“Our students (toddlers through eighth-graders) are always actively engaged in learning,” said head of school John Fowler. “We provide teaching methods that help them learn critical thinking, problem-solving, and gain the ability to work in collaboration with other people toward a mutual goal.”

John Mireles founded the co-ed private school in 1972. In 1983 it moved to its current location at 2225 Torrey Pines Lane in La Jolla.

Learning by doing is always front and center, he said, no matter the subject. For example, every year the school’s seventh-grade class selects several countries (or just one) to learn about and “explore.” Students form small groups and research every facet of that country in depth — its history, geography, language, food, art, music, dance, literature and culture.

“Cuba has been in the news so much this year that the students asked me if they could choose it,” Fowler said. “When they complete their project, they’ll do a presentation on Cuba for the school and conclude it with a food demonstration.”

When The Children’s School’s 200 students students transition to the higher academic levels, they exit school prepared academically, socially, physically and artistically for their lives ahead. They thrive academically. Their performance on standardized tests reveals that without feelings of pressure or boredom, The Children’s School students learn very well!

Next up for The Children’s School is the annual Open House, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 at 2225 Torrey Pines Lane, La Jolla. RSVP: (858) 454-0184 or e-mail


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