Thank you Josh Gibbs. Even though you're gone, we still appreciate you. You were humble. You were extremely skilled. You were kind. And, best of all, you somehow avoiding being sucked into the ugliness of the Trinitas culture.
There is such a pervasive and cruel clique-ishness at this school that it's hard to see anything else. Of course, the leadership is oblivious to this reality because the problem is their own--it starts with them (particularly from the top). So sad. They have insulated themselves from reality and any meaningful criticism by creating a climate of cheerleaders trying to climb their social ladder.
People are sinners. Are all the individuals that teach, administer and attend Trinitas perfect...absolutely not! However, it is an environment where excellence to the glory of God is pursued each and every day....in spite of our failures. Does that pursuit sometimes step on our toes...absolutely! My child's teacher pushes my young one to pay specific attention to every detail of handwriting, while this may seem picky or "over the top", my young scholar is being taught to do EVERYTHING (handwriting included) to the very best of their ability to honor our Holy God. Details matter to God. Is it easy for your children to attend Trinitas...NO! Educating children is ultimately the responsiblity of the parents and parents at Trinintas are called to engage...really engage! Even as parents, our sin is revealed through this process and we will either repent and seek forgiveness or become offended. I would challenge anyone to find a school of teachers and administrators that take the responsiblity of educating students in the love and admonition of the Lord more seriously than those that you will find at Trinitas. It is a community of like minded families pursuing the lofty task of recovering the Christian mind! May the Lord continue to bless this school!
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!!
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.