Are you wondering if a TCS education prepares students for high school, college, and beyond? It sure does. We are proud that we ignite a love of learning, and offer a program that strengthens both critical thinking and social skills in addition to academics. This combination of skills traditionally serves our graduates very well after they leave TCS.
Where You'll Find TCS Alumni
Colleges and Universities Attended by TCS Grads
American University of Paris
(Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons)
Santa Clara University
Triton Community Collete
University of Chicago
University of Dayton
University of Illinois
University of Illinois (College of Engineering)
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Iowa
University of Puget Sound
University of Southern California
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin
High Schools Attended by TCS Grads
Chicago Waldorf School
Chicago Academy for the Arts
Chicago High School for the Arts
Eagle Hill School
Fenwick High School
GCE Lab School
Illinois Math and Science Academy
Lyons Township High School
Montini High School
Morton East High School
Morton West High School
Oak Park River Forest high School
St. Ignatius High School
Tallgrass Sudbury School
The Latin School
Trinity High School
Wolcott College Prep
Students graduating from The Children's School have gone on to succeed in a variety of high school and college environments -- from traditional mainstream high schools, to alternative and lab schools, to some of the top colleges and universities in the nation. "Our graduates have strong self-advocacy skills and enter high school with the ability to talk with teachers and counselors about how they can improve their learning and and get the most out of school," says TCS High School Transition Coordinator and 8th grade teacher, Gloria Mitchell. "They are curious, thoughtful, self-aware, and prepared to set and pursue personal and academic goals."
In survey after survey, our alumni report that TCS gave them a love of learning and an interest in pursuing their own projects; the ability to work well with others, both peers and adults; an understanding of their own strengths and challenges and how to leverage them in a new environment, as well as strong writing and math preparation. As more classes graduate from our relatively young school, we will continue to build data tracking their experiences in post-elementary education.
I went to my son's open house at Morton Freshman Center tonight. School has been in session a week and a half and all of his teachers are already saying that he is doing really well and is ahead of the game. The biology teacher said he has a very strong grasp of science in a holistic way, not just memorized facts. She said she realized she's going to have to step up her game with him.
Parent of TCS Grad
We are in our 10th year at TCS - we have a daughter in 6th grade and a son who just graduated 8th grade. Both have gained so much from their education at TCS. Our son is attending OPRF this year and has transitioned really well, both academically and socially. I have already seen him exercise the communication, leadership, and self-advocacy skills he learned at TCS.
Parent of TCS Grad
Wondering if TCS middle school is the right choice?
Hear several of our alumni from The Children's School share how TCS prepared them for high school. What strengths did they gain from their time at TCS? Were the social adjustments of high school difficult? What about math and science, were they prepared?
Also, meet our middle school teachers and hear their thoughts on the advantages of TCS for adolescents. If you are considering middle school at The Children's School, this is a great video to hear why young people who are now in high school feel that TCS prepared them well plus gave them several advantages.