My son is in his 6th year at Trivium Prep.
We have been happy with the curriculum and teachers for the last six years. Yes, the school is rigorous but the homework level has never been extreme. Over the years, we have seen kids transfer into the school who were struggling at their home school and the child's struggle is compounded when they arrive at Trivium. Parents send their children for social and not academic reasons and that is always a formula for failure. Great Hearts is a COLLEGE preparatory school.
The curriculum is on the website and I would study it and think long and hard before making the commitment.
I would also like to remind readers that Trivium is a charter school and it only receives .75 cents on the $1 from the state compared to your local home school. Again, all of this is clearly spelled out on the website.
The headmaster at Trivium prep is very professional & I appreciate that.
The deans need to be respectful towards the students. They are on a power trip, they belittle the students, a lot of times its in regards to the dress code. They lie & when confronted &/or are corrected & they will not apologize. Instead they harrass the students for telling the parents.
I can't help but wonder if racism is an issue.
On another note.... they do not talk about or allow pop-culture. So no Christmas concerts, you can't talk about current news, current movies or music....
Very strict dress code.
Very strict on attendance & tardies.
A lot of homework & rigorous curriculum. You can get behind very quickly if you dont understand something or if you miss a day.
High turn over rate on teachers.
They do not have a cafeteria.
Between the uniforms, book deposits, supplies & books it can get a bit pricey.
Specially if you have multiple children attending.
If your child fails a class you have to pay to retake a class in the summer or find a college to retake the class which will still cost $.
Your child will do nothing but homework after school. My children will end up falling asleep while doing homework very often because there is so much to do. They do get homework on the weekends as well.
Like anywhere else I've seen staff & teachers to be cliquish, gossip & judge parents.
So if you're a parent with tattoos & piercings get ready for the judgemental looks.
While there are some amazing teachers at Trivium, all that I listed above is something you should think about before choosing this school.
Challenging curriculum, caring staff, and engaged parents all work together to make this an excellent well-rounded school. Have been at the school since it opened and the school continues to grow in excellence. Some of the parents are overly zealous in not discussing those occasional issues of concern that arise which makes open and honest discussion possible. Overall, it is great to see a school that challenges the students to think for themselves and to engage in regular discussion.
The challenging course work will generate students easily able to adapt to the rigors of higher academia when they have graduated from high school. These students will also be a great asset in the workforce after spending so many years being challenged to meet high standards.