We left this school a year ago and never looked back. I agree with the other comments. The principal is useless as well as the rest of the administration. I suggest you check the schools in your zone. My child's current school has higher test scores and a great administration staff. We are very happy now!
Both of my children attend TSFC. My son has had a wonderful year. My daughter's year could have been much better, but there have been a couple of mid-year teacher changes in her grade level. Because of this, I have toured other schools, including private and magnet schools, just to see if I thought they would be a better fit for my children. Honestly, my children are extremely happy at TSFC despite the changes. Yes, it would be nice to have a gym, cafeteria, grass on the playground, Common Core Standards posted as they are being taught, etc., but the bottom line is that my children are happy and learning. I'm not a member of PPA or the Board, BUT I have witnessed first-hand the effort and hours that they both put into making Trinity successful. They are the ones taking time out of their busy schedules to attend meetings, prepare for Gala, deal with families that don't follow school policies, etc. Trust me, they don't enjoy disciplining families because it only takes more time out of their already busy schedules, but someone has to enforce the rules. No school is perfect, but I am willing to give an already strong school a chance to improve upon its weaknesses.
The overall quality of education is satisfactory. But much of the high/low depends on the teacher your child is placed with. Some of the teachers are downright terrible. Administration is aware but won't do anything about it because most of the administration and teaching staff are related. Nepotism runs wild at this school. They have even "re-directed" who certain teachers report to in order to get around this issue. I also agree with the other comments that there is no point in going to administration; they live in a bubble. And if you dare try to burst it, you are immediately outcast. The principal should have retired 5 years ago. Her days of being an innovator in education ended years ago. She's more a figure head than a real principal. Which leaves the question - who's in charge? The answer is no one, really. The teachers who are committed to the kids and the school are the saving grace of this school. They are amazing. I disagree with the parents who have an issue with the parent hours and the school's constant requests for parent involvement. If you want something other than the school you're zoned for, then this is the cost. There a plenty of opportunities.
Great teachers. Horrible management, Principle does not even make herself available to parents for meetings or concerns. The School Board consists of "Parents of students" with zero experience in any field of employment assiciated to Schooling or Education but yet make "All" major decesions regarding ejecting children from the school if the see it fit. Most are stay at home bored up tight mothers that have no idea what it is like to balance a full time schedule at work, home, and then entertaining Trinity's demand for 50 parent hours. BULLYING is OUT OF CONTROL and is obviously trickling down from the over abundant amout of students that are children of teachers, staff, School Board members and the inability for these employees/parents to keep their information private. But nope, they sit and gossi in front of their kids about other kids and parents and then their kids come to school and pick on thise that are not part of the "clique".At Trinity..I may have to remove my child from this AMAZING academic opportunity, to avoid the BULLYING by the kids, but the parents and the schools lack of participation in the Hillsborough County zero tolerence policy and Anti-bullying guidelines.
I have 2 children at Trinity. The school does a great job academically. Students are challenged, engaged, and encouraged to work together and express their opinions. However, they lack an arts program, cafeteria, and any real p.e. curriculum. Sports teams consist of mainly "staff's children". Bullying is a problem here. (Yes, I know it happens everywhere but after multiple attempts at getting the issue resolved, it's still happening). As for the posts about the complaining parents not wanting to be involved or invest time in their child's education... Totally false! I am a very involved parent of 3. I have been on PTA Boards at all my other schools for over 13 years. I have served as PTA President at my child's previous elementary school for 4 years, 2 years in middle school and I'm currently PTSA President at my son's high school. The day after my daughter transferred to Trinity, I attended my first PPA meeting. I was ignored and my attempts to share my contacts/business partners were dismissed. The school and "parents" are extremely "cliquey". Anyone not in the clique is an outsider. Homework is excessive (1- 1 1/2 hours) and you will be nickle and dimed to death.
I have a child at this school now for 4 years and have seen drastic changes during this time. They have been able to capture her intelligence and take it to a new level. It should also be noted that many of the parents that are discouraged with this school seem to be the ones that didn t not adhere to school policy and/or did not bother to get involved with the children activities. If you want your child to go to school and not get involved with their activities or education, send them to public school, TSFC is not the place for you. If you want to be a part of the growing and the development of your children, this is the place to be.
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.
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
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