I was referred to this school however I will never take this family recommendation again. This school is led by parental politics & greed. If you are not apart of the 'approved list' then you will be made to feel disrespected and outclassed. The 'Trinity' should be closed and renamed 'The Selected Few' because only those parents serving on teh school board and PPA board children are shown any type of respect and are listened to. I am looking for a new school for my son immediatley.
I am very pleased with the educational experience my two young children are receiving at TSFC. I think it is fair to say that no school is perfect. Having been a former public elementary and middle school teacher, I have a lot to compare TSFC with. Since I would be spending anywhere between $10,000-$12,000 per child per year for private school, I don't mind CHOOSING to donate a fraction of that amount to the charter school my children attend, especially since charter schools do not get as much funding as regular public schools. Nor do I mind taking time out of my schedule to donate my time and effort into helping out with school events, field trips, and other needs. When my husband and I chose to have children, we chose to invest our time, effort, love and money into them, especially when it comes to their education. Yes, I print my children's homework out at home every week with my own computer ink and paper because I want to know what is going on with their education. It's not always convenient for me, but it's in my children's best interest that I know and care about what is going on with their education.
My child has attended Trinity for two years. She is strong willed and sometimes a handful. Yet, she is intelligent and doesn't need one-on-one teaching. Both years the teachers have adapted to our daughters style of needed discipline. Yes, the administration has some unreasonable expectations but once you talk with them they are quick to adapt. I doubt there is a better elementary school in all of Tampa. The field trips and parent involvement are exceptional.
I completely disagree with the last comment. We absolutely loved our first year (K) at TSFC. The kids go on field studies every 6 to 8 weeks, all relevant to the curriculum. The academics are top-notch and way exceeded our expectations. Teachers and staff are very loving and nurturing. They cherish those children. There are a few fundraisers throughout the year, all optional. As a single income family we did not have the money to donate to everything, and we weren't shunned or treated differently. My child adored her teacher. We are looking forward to next year, and I have recommended this wonderful school to many.
My kindergartner began this school this year and what a waste of time and money. This school is all about being in the right parent clique and teachers and admissions treat you based on what you donate to the school. It has been an awful year for us as parents having to deal with RUDE teachers and staff. I expected a great educating environment. What the school does is email all homework home for parents to print and teach the kids themselves. The students spend way too much time on field trips and not enough time learning in class. And not to mention all the money the school demands from the parents during the year. I have yet to see where the money is being used for. Admissions offices look great and classrooms and campus are still looking outdated. School events are unorganized (graduation) and incredibly misleading. I would not recommend this school to anyone. Stay far away from this school!
Trinity is a phenomenal school. We have had a child at Trinity for 7 years and it has been the best experience. The teachers care so much for the children and the education is superior to most schools in the area. The administration is wonderful. Everyone has an open door policy and it is very easy to discuss anything with staff. Our child has made so many friends and there are wonderful families in the Trinity community. The wait list is very long with many students turned away each year. We are so fortunate to be at this school.
Be Careful. Trinity has two buildings, the Lower School and the Upper School. Everyday I pick up my child from the Lower School and have to cross the crosswalk to pick up my children from the Upper School. The crosswalk is the most dangerous crossing I've ever experienced. My family and I have almost been hit by cars several times, just this year. This happens on a regular basis to many families. There have been years that children have been actually hit (twice last year). The school is aware of this situation but has yet to make any attempts to address or fix this very serious problem. They will not put any teachers at the crosswalk to watch the families nor will they pay for an actual crossing guard to help our children yet they seem to have enough money to repaint the school, add shrubbery and an oversized piece of artwork on the school. They have ladies walking around in vests giving out "tickets" for the people who are not properly parked but again, not worrying about the safety of our families walking from one building to the next. It truly is a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed if they do not make the schools safety a priority.
I have 2 children at Trinity School for Children. While the education is satisfactory, I agree with other reviews about the administration, school board, and parents that run the school. They demand 50 parent hours per family but do not make it an inviting or friendly atmosphere to accomplish these hours. There are a handful of parents who run everything and it's very political. These parents and their children are shown a great deal of favortism. My children have not noticed this yet, but it's very evident to me and most of the other parents. It's a shame to know that a school that has so much potential has allowed this to happen. Family after family has left for these reasons but nothing has been done. The education is about the same as the public schools in the area but a great deal of emphasis is placed on field studies and take several a year. As the children move into the middle and upper school, these become very expensive - several hundred to over $1000 for each child per trip. Very hard on a family on a budget. My children like it ; however, they are both still in lower school. As they move up to middle and upper, we will be looking at other schools.
This school should be renamed Trinity School for Bullies. The bullies are not only the children but the parents up to and including the parents serving in positions on the School Board. Don't even try to complain about any wrong doings because YOU are the one condemned instead of the people actually in the wrong. Administration is a joke who only sees what they want to see and are being lead around by people with their own agenda. This school doesn't care about the actual kids and families, you are nothing more then walking check books.
We placed run child in the care of this school on the recommendation of a neighbor and were sorely disappointed. On the second day of her enrollment, we picked her up with an unexplained injury. Needless to say, we immediately removed her and then had to fight to get any of our deposit back. Stay away from this school!!!
We sent our daughter to Trinity and have been overwhelmed by the quality of education, the commitment of the staff, the amazing teachers, coaches and assistants, and the great parents we've met there. Our child is engaged, loves learning, loves her teachers, and has made huge strides in her education thanks to the incredible environment everyone has created there. Yes, they ask for parental involvement - my wife and I both work full time jobs, and we're happy to commit the time to the school and provide what we can for fundraisers. It's well worth it for the kind of experience your child will have here. I can't say enough good about Trinity School for Children. It has exceeded every expectation I had and I feel lucky that our daughter attends.
Trinity is a phenomenal school! We have been fortunate to be a part of the Trinity community for 6 years and are looking forward to our remaining years. The teachers are wonderful and really care for the children. The administration is great and they have an open door policy. If there is ever an issue, they are quick to find a solution. I truly feel that Trinity is one of the top schools in Hillsborough County. The students are well rounded, caring kids. The parents are involved and active. I would recommend this school highly.
Our child just began there. We have several co-workers and friends who also send their children there. As we are new it wouldn't be fair to review the teachers. However, our experience with the administration and office side has been outstanding. Reading the horrible reviews on here I've notice two things. Those writing the one star reviews seem to think "alot" is one word and haven't really grasped the whole "there, their, they're" thing. I am looking forward to a positive experience.
My son graduated from Trinity this year, he started there in the 6th grade and I am forever thankful! He recieved an education that he would not have recieved in public school, yes you had to pay money and be involved but you are told this up front before you even enroll your child. He graduated with honors and has 2 high school credits. If Trinity had a high school my son would still be going there, we will miss all the teachers and administration. I highly recommend Trinity they really are about education and a lot of hands on learning. The parent involvement is a must with any school or how else will you know what your child is doing?
I have 2 children who attend Trinity and I have to say I would never change that! The atmosphere is amazing and everyone from faculty to parents are wonderful. I have recommended Trinity to several friends and will only continue to do so! GO TORNADOES
I have a child at Trinity and am very pleased with the entire program. My child receives the most caring and loving attitude from the Principal to the Staff. The Principal greets the children in the morning, as i witness them running into the school building with a big smile. The teachers are caring and loving and always go the extra mile. I have read the other terrible reviews and am wondering; "Is there something more to this ? I have not observed what these parents are complaining about. Every time we take our children on field trips other people comment on how well behaved they are. I am not sorry I brought my child to Trinity!!!!! I am spreading the word about this wonderful place.
I am so glad I moved my children from this school. The school definitely does have a lot of parental involvement, but the academics are severely lacking. This school focuses more on having fun then learning. My children started this school ahead and ended up being behind regular public schools by the time we left. Administration is cold and uncaring. The enhancement money is spent wastefully. The students are unruly. What this school claims and what they actually do are polar opposites.
Our family loves Trinity. For the most part, parents that don't like Trinity just complain because they don't get "their" way. Trinity makes families involved in their kids education . . .why is that such a bad thing? However, we have had 1 bad teacher and when i spoke to administration about it they were very helpful and supportive.
my children attend northwest elem which is a highly rated school with a supportive administration. My children are happy but I am perplexed. I was told by a 5th grade teacher that grammer is not graded . My children both A and B students cannot spell well. I dont recall many spelling tests in 4th grade. Grammer is a part of writing folks. I am not asking for perfection but this is important . I often wonder if the school rating is more of their concern. More A B students more funding.
My children attended Trinity for 5 years. I had been happy but started to notice many problems: inexperienced faculty who had very limited ideas on how to teach and no idea how to handle discipline, very detached administration, unrealistic homework assignments both in quantity and level appropriateness, etc. We withdrew our children during last school year and what a difference. Had I known what wonderful neighborhood schools I had I would have NEVER gone to Trinity. Immediately my chldren were placed in gifted programs and challenged correctly. The teachers had constant feedback for me and they KNEW how to teach to different learning styles. I am thrilled with my neighborhood schools. The $500 enrichment fund that Trinity recommends is ridiculous. The school asks for more and more but are very wasteful. They have no storage area but are too quick to throw out good things. I have salvaged so much from their dumpsters. I am so pleased I moved my kids. They cried and fought the move but now they thank me often for moving them.
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