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Trinitas Christian School1
Posted April 17, 2015
- a parent
What is it that causes some folks to become cheerleaders for particular school, regardless of the glaring and persistent ugliness that is actually characterizes the place? Is social pressure that effective? Trinitas is purely a farce. This is absolutely not a Christian environment, folks. Rather, it breeds snobbery and exclusivity. Truth, beauty, and goodness do not live here.
There are two kinds of students that graduate Trinitas. Those who see what the school is doing and loves it. But there are those who see it, do not understand it, and so hate it. It is true that everything that goes on in the classrooms and in the halls is not perfect. Students do disobey and teachers and administration do overreact. Despite this there is a beauty within the working of Trinitas, that of the relationship between the teachers and students. The teachers invite the students to come to them with the problems that they see, even the problems they have with the teacher they are addressing. If the student is coming with the proper respect due to an authority, the teachers love that the students are willing to talk to them. This relationship encourages trust from both sides, and the love of the school is born in this relationship.
There is so much to this school - excellent academics, wonderfully dedicated teachers, incredible parental involvement... but i want to focus on the love. My 3rd grade daughter has so many upper-class friends who hug her in the halls. One 10th grader plays a game where they count how many times during the day they can see each other in passing (they've gotten up to 6 before.) The seniors go strawberry picking with the kindergartners and everyone has a partner for the trip. One grade sets out the cots for the kindergartners. Two separate grades (4th and 5th, I think) alternate chairs with the kindergartners and first graders at lunch so they can help open containers and clean spills and teach good manners. The students are taught to love, to serve and to help the younger ones. My 3rd grader was so shocked when a new student came to the school and said hurtful things to her face, because she'd never experienced that before. Our response as a family - we prayed for that student, told our daughter she had a change to love on her and help God work in her. And I grieved when it didn't work out and the student left. We love the school and would never go anywhere else.
As an alumni who spent every single year at Trinitas, this is hard to write. Trinitas did prepare me for college and life in general. I believe 75% of our class graduated Summa Cum Laude (94+). However, it is not what it was. The school focuses on legalism rather than mercy. As a reformed man, this is distressing. The school focuses on the letter of the law and not its heart. While there are a few very good teachers, they are not enough to redeem what the school has become. Yes. It was a good school, if not the best, for about 10 years, but it's grown too big for its own good. It's grown to care more about its image than what it truly is.
Trinitas is THE BEST school for Christian families. We are in our fourth year here. The administrator and staff are outstanding in the areas of training up the heart of the child "in the way that they should go". Older students mentor younger students and all students are taught to prefer others and be servants of Christ. The academics are also outstanding. The students are taught to think, and communicate verbally and with the written word, and not to simply memorize facts. The teaching staff is exceptional! Students are extremely well behaved as they are trained through obedience for "heart and God reasons". Parents are welcomed and encouraged to visit and participate. The family atmosphere is wonderful. I would not consider sending my child any place else, and with the good Lord willing, he will graduate from Trinitas, a Godly gentleman.
Many outward signs of excellence but when you get past the hype and you consider the price you pay (such as enduring weird social competitiveness), is it really worth it? It wasn't for us. And do we really want to, in the name of "excellence", to actually train our children in snobbery? Kid's will believe what you tell them. If you tell them, often enough, that they are better than others, they will believe it.
My children have attended Trinitas for four years. The education is excellent!! There is a real dynamic of 'We were here first and therefore matter more' that is very hard to penetrate and stomach. Snobbery and clickishness in the student body is real. Whatever student wrote the review assuming the students complaining are 'jealous' appears to be a part of that dynamic I am referring to. I don't send my children to Trintas because it is perfect. I send them there because it is the best education around. It is a wonderful place to learn. You can be very involved with your childs education and really have to be...it is very academically challenging. My advice would be to just be assertive in pointing out any negative behaviors or snobbery, if in fact you encounter any. I have found the Principal and assistant Principal to be VERY helpful and concerned when I have had any concerns or grievances to discuss with them. I would submit that the snobbery involved here, as with any other school, begins in the home and is not entirely a result of attending the school, nor the responsibility of the school to deal with. The school can only do so much. May God lead you to HIS very best!!
Our family has been members of the Trinitas Christian School (TCS) community for eight years. The word "community" is intentional because TCS is a community of God's people (families, not just students) coming together for the common purpose of educating our children. TCS uses a rigorous, time tested academic curriculum that challenges students to work hard and love the pursuit of life-long learning. When their hard work results in success, they are shown how to celebrate with humility and graciousness. More important than rigorous academics, TCS seeks to train the hearts of our students. Training them first to love and seek after our Lord Jesus Christ, to love others more than themselves, to seek after righteousness and to recognize unrighteousness and turn from it. When asked about TCS by our family and friends, we try and describe it but usually end up responding with you just have to come and experience it. It truly is a hidden treasure in our community. We are blessed to be a part of the Trinitas family!
Trinitas offers rigorous classical education with conscientious discipleship that requires uncommon effort on the part of parents and teachers. It is rigorous, particularly in the grammar school, where the curriculum is usually advanced a level. My two oldest boys have been at the school for two and three years, respectively, and are entering 1st and 2nd grades now. Each has twice had a teacher who is new to the school, and yet with all of the high demands placed upon the teachers and students, both of my boys love the school and are learning well and growing into maturity. The discipline philosophy at Trinitas is unique. While behaviors are important, the school does not wish to change behaviors alone. The goal is to have students love righteousness, not just the appearance of righteousness. The goal is for students to love serving others, not find ways to manipulate a system of rules. Because such a goal is accomplished only through the agency of the Holy Spirit, working with fallible human efforts, it is a messy process, and each person involved makes mistakes and has to swallow his own pride many times over. I love working hand in hand with the families of Trinitas.
Those who rate this school low have a bad attitude about it for various reasons. First, they do not excel academically, and so are jealous of those who do. I am a mediocre student myself, so I see both sides. Those who are not in the top tier also claim that there is a lot of nepotism going on in Trinitas. This, also, is false. In fact, those who are children of staff or board members and those who excel academically are almost held to a higher standard than those who complain that nepotism exists at the school. They complain that they are disciplined more harshly. However, they just do foolish things more often and so are disciplined more often. As far as academic excellence goes, the people who have been in Trinitas for the long haul can go wherever they want to college-wise. It makes you think, challenges your beliefs, and strengthens your walk with the Lord. I am fairly new to the school (4 years) and I love it. There are always things to fix, but overall the blessings that have flowed into my life because of the school far outweigh the few things that may be given too much emphasis, like the fairly strict no-dating in school policy. Definitely a 5/5.