Good school but favoritism of staff kids is legendary...down to a "others need not apply" rule regarding any school production/activity. Parents do complain but with futile results. I do believe they keep many students (and their parents) enrolled simply due to the economy. They are rather ineffective in dealing with socially troubled kids (once again, and their parents) in that you will see these parents at the school "shadowing" their children as often as they can. Daily lunch with Mommy and Daddy continues even into the 6th grade! I suppose I have been rather harsh in my comments but these items have caused quite an uproar among many parents. We still think it's the best school in the county, but these concerns are very troubling for many of us!
My two children have attended Holy Trinity since they were three years old. My oldest is headed to the Upper School next year and we are thrilled with the education they have received. The social climate is exactly what we are looking for and the teachers are so nice. Every year my children think they have had the best teachers! If I ever had concerns, I found the school to be responsive. I recommend the school without hesitation!
We are a Holy Trinity family with our son currently in the Lower School. He started 8 years ago when he was three and as parents we feel it was the best decision we did for him. The school has a rigorous curriculum with a low student to faculty ratio, very successful programs of extra-curricular activities such as chess, boy/girl-scouts and many athletic activities. Most importantly though, Holy Trinity share the vision of an academic community based on the love of God, self respect & respect for each other. The kids learn to give back to their community at a very young age through the very special Character Education program and that is another quality that sets the school apart from any other school in Brevard. Unmistakably Holy Trinity is the premier private school in Brevard.
I have two children that have attendend Holy Trinity since Early Childhood. My older child attends the Upper School, and I feel it was a seamless transition. He was well prepared, both academically and socially. My other child currently attends the Lower School, and loves the enrichment opportunities (music, art, PE, Chinese, STEM, computer lab and library). The teachers have open-communication with the parents and the character education program is fabulous. I have been consistently impressed by the quality of teachesr and the academics offered at both the Upper and Lower school.
I have two sons that graduated from Holy Trinity and I appreciate everything that was done for my children. I can hardly believe how lucky we were to have been part of the HT family. I wish that all students could receive the counseling, encouragement and education that HT students have. There is a marked difference between what HT does and what the typical school does. My sons received a foundation beyond academics... they were encouraged to develop spiritually, morally, athletically, creatively. They weren't perfect and they made mistakes during and after but through it all, they had the basic foundation to draw from and see them through the bumps. The college counseling was phenomenal. I haven't spoken to anyone who has had anything like it elsewhere. People are amazed when I tell them how my kids' high school led them through the college process starting from the 9th grade, ensuring that they got Bright Futures and other scholarships. One son will be finishing up with a masters in engineering this year with a job! My other son has graduated from college and is now attending medical school. Mr. Chiarella had an extremely positive impact on both of my sons.
Our child attended the lower school. She has been bullied, asked to sit at a lunch table with kids of her own ethnicity (by other kids) and ridiculed by other children. When we discussed this with other parents they had seen the same thing for multiple years with their kids. The staff tepidly acknowledged the issue and did nothing to remedy the situation. We have always sent our child to private schools and this is by far the worst experience we've had. The impression we get from the staff is that we are not customers, we are simply "lucky to be here". Academics at this school are fair at best but not worth the money being spent. The "care factor" from the staff is frustrating for parents who truly care about their child's education. The response to concerns is even more frustrating. You are not a customer her... your child is not the primary concern of the staff... don't be foolded by the hype.
While it may seem as though this school has much to offer, and will prepare your child for the college and subsequently, the real world, all of the claims to fame are simply just that. As a student now about to graduate college, I can say the only positive attribute of HTA for college was the aid in the application process. After 3 years in college, I have struggled with Math, Science as well as Physics. The classes were anything but challenging, and the more your parents donated, the better you were treated. The community was not "family-oriented" or morally sound, as they claim to be, as most parents and kids seem to think they are better than others. I had many friends in a rival private school, as well as a few public schools, and they have had much more success in college than my fellow classmates from HTA. For these reasons and many more, HT, if anything, prepared me for the opposite of the real world and college alike. My recommendation, save over 50,000 for for years of high school and pay for a real education in college. Sincerely, Past student.
I have to disagree with the snob factor claimed by another review below. I have had my three children in Holy Trinity for seven years, and truly enjoy the environment. I have seen the difference in the education my children have received. The focus at upper school is definately college prep and I feel my children are more ready to embark on the next step in life because of Holy Trinity's programs. The Teachers are wonderful!!
My two girls have been here since they were three years old. They are thriving with the caring, loving teachers they had had through the years. This year they are loving Chinese!
My children attend both the upper and Lower schools.HTA is one of the best experiences and value I can provide for my children.This school provide rigorous academicas and a tremendous athletic program with story after story of success.But most important to my family is the character and development of the child that HTA is providing,
HTA is a great school but not the Academic Holy Land made out by some parents. If you can pay tuition, then your child is pretty much in. Parents will put-down the local public schools to make themselves feel better. There is a definite snob factor so decide if you want to expose your child to this atmosphere (that they are 'better' than other children, and not just academically.) There are area public schools with great academic and character education programs. I do not feel the lower school was worth the tuition, but the upper school is a better investment as they provide a staff member whose sole purpose is to find scholarships.
My son has been at Holy Trinity for 4 years. We have watched him develop confidence and his academic skills are far more developed than his friends who are attending other schools. This school will push your child to be their best and there is a definite emphasis on academics, but the whole child is nurtured through great enrichments and extracurricular activities. Kids at this school go on to great colleges, so while it is expensive, it is an investment in thier future.
I am an alumni of Holy Trinity and now my children attend as well. It is a great, open friendly atmosphere with friendly and caring teachers. They offer so much, not just academics, but enrichments and character education as well. I feel my children have received an incredible education to date and know this will continue as they further their cademic carrer there. My child recently went through the first grade program and I can't sing enough of their praises.
I went to Hta for 2 years, It has average academic programs and is extremley costley. I believe my education was equil at public school if not better. i beleve Holy Trinity does not prepare students for the real world. it is an egocentric school however they do their best to make sure students send college applications out on time.
This school is filled with the future leaders of this great country. They only accept the very best of the best. Be very grateful if your child is chosen to attend because this is a world class private academy.
I attended HTA for two years and felt like the only benefit was an understanding of false interest and ego-pumping. The staff will tell every parents how marvelous their child is and how bright their future will be. To be honest, I was more impressed with the realism and academics at Palm Bay High. Although I was not impressed with the academics, the sports programs are well funded and fun.
HTEA is a good school. They have a lot to offer. The academics are good but they could be better. Some of the teachers are great, while others are awful. There is a snobbiness in the atmosphere.
HTEA is a wonderful, nuturing, challenging and well-rounded school. Excellent academics, loving teachers, happy, polite students and great extra curricular activites for every type of child. I highly recommend HTEA!!!
The teachers are very well qualified; as are the teachers aides that I have interacted with in my daughter's classroom. All of the enrichment courses; music, art, Spanish, computer, library sciences, and physical education; are treated with respect and importance for the development of the children. I find this impressive as my daughter is only in kindergarten. We had a special need for additional work when she was bored in class and wanted more academic work than most kindergarteners and her teacher was willing to work with us to keep her interested in school and learning. Overall, everyone seems genuinely interested in the quality of the education and the happy experience the children recieve.
There is no better word to describe this school other than 'perfect.' The education I received at HTS was the best around. I consider myself lucky to have been a student at Holy Trinity.
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