Turning Point School is an independent, coeducational school serving Preschool through Middle School students. A rigorous academic program is balanced with the freedom that guides each child through the many academic, emotional, creative, physical, social, and ethical turning points that school years present. Students become well-balanced adults who are confident, knowledgeable, civic-minded, joyful, and well prepared to face a challenging and increasingly complex world.
Founded in 1970, Turning Point School adopted the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. Today the School’s mission and curriculum represents the natural evolution of growth and research. The Primary Division has maintained its commitment to the Montessori philosophy, noting the benefits of educating the whole child. Strong emphasis is placed on the importance of respect as well as fostering an environment of self-discovery where each student can be stimulated and challenged.
We believe that our children will change, grow, and face the many turning points of life in ways that are different from each other. Because of this, we have created and will maintain an intimate, focused learning environment committed to individually understanding and respecting each child. In essential partnership with our students' families, Turning Point School balances the many dimensions of a student's life in an integrated curriculum that develops not only the intellectual and physical skills, but also the creative, emotional, and social skills critical to success and active involvement in society. Turing Point School's inclusive, nurturing community instills students with a fundamental sense of integrity so they are well prepared to face the unexpected challenges of an increasingly complex world.
Students are immersed in rich learning experiences that foster their innate curiosity and reward their ingenuity. The core curriculum includes reading, language arts, mathematics, and social studies complemented by art, music, Spanish, and science classes. Students are encouraged to embrace challenges as an essential part of growth. Community service is an integral part of many class lessons and projects at all levels. Study tours also instill in students a joy of life-long learning.
Turning Point School Divisions at a Glance
Primary Division students, ages 2 years and 9 months through age 5, are able to develop at their own pace, with each student's readiness being used as the gauge by which skills are taught.
Elementary Division students, Kindergarten through Level 5, pursue a more traditional academic program. The commitment to educating the "whole child" is continued by implementing a strong skill-based curriculum, rich with diversity.
Middle School Division students, Level 6 through Level 8, pursue classes that are learner-centered and designed as dynamic living and learning environments. Students are taught to think globally.
Turning Point offers a state-of-the-art campus that doubled in size in 2010. Facilities include: art studios, wet and dry science laboratories, playing field and full-size gymnasium in addition to a music and performing arts center. One of two schools in Southern California, Turning Point also offers a Smart Lab equipped with technology for circuitry, graphic design, robotics, computer simulation, and more.