First - Great School. Now the facts. A brand new building, exciting teachers, terrific administration. My experience to date is K thru grade 2. The elementary grades allow the kids to learn reading, writing and arithmatic at their own pace based on their individual motivations. This REQUIRES constant parental involvment. If you don't want to be involved in what your children are learning from week to week then perhaps Trillium is not for you. But realize the flip-side. If you take an active role - not just 2 or 3 times a year at parent teacher conferences, then your children's potential will explode. The principal Mrs. Romanowski is a fantastic communicator and has always been available to me with little notice. A final thought...read to your child everyday and you will open the world to them and keep them sitting close to you...at least once a day. Set your expectations higher!
If you feel that your kid is socially retarted or cannot make good grades or friends in a 'real' school, then Trillium Academy is for you. I am currently enrolled at Trillium in 9th grade, and I'm leaving for Truman next week. Basically, in all of my classes, I'm learning what I did in 6th and 7th grade. I'm supposed to be in 10th, so this puts me back behind even more. There is a severe lack of sports/extra curricular activities at this school. I am grateful that I am leaving. Think before sending your kids here.
I withdrew my son this spring. Unfortunately, the school did not live up to its promises. It promised small classes - my son had almost 30 kids in his class that is not small by any means. They promised that he would be moved up to higher grades for reading - never happened. Also...the new location is next to the Taylor dump and a very large landfill. These children will be inflicted with an awful smell once spring starts. I told this to the administration and they dismissed it. Most of te educators live outside of the area and have no clue how awful the stench is once March or April rolls around.
As a parent I find Trillium an excellent choice for parents who actually care about their child's education. My son loves to go to school everyday just to get the chance to learn something new and exciting, and he's only 5! The teacher/administrators are wonderful and stress the importance of parent involvement, I love that! The activities they offer give children an early jump on doing positive things, they have soccer, basketball, cheerleading, and show choir not to forget they offer Spanish in Kindergarden..My son comes home with a new phrase every week and I am so proud to be an actual part of this wonderful educational establishment. I encourage anyone who wants success for their child to look into Trillium as their school of choice.
With the new administration that was implemented in late fall, the schools has made dramatic changes. The school is now focusing on why it was created, with the addition to band, touring show choir, competing cheerleading and an advanced curriculum, I am thrilled that we decided to wait to see what the new principal could do. What is even more awesome is the new developments for a brand new facility and that my child will be able to stay at Trillium for 9th grade! Everyone on staff is so supportive of my children and with each other. Trillium has truly become a community! We would recommend Trillium to any family especially if they want their children to learn in small environment, have sports, great recognition programs and a caring staff!
This school has an awesome curriculum. I knew that spanish was included, but when my child came home singing a song while incorporating sign language, I was thrilled. My child's knowledge base increases dramatically almost daily. They have awesome after school activities, including show choir. It is true that there is some disorganization, but I see improvement as time passes..(after all it is a newer school...they need time to work out the bugs) I was discouraged in the beginning, but as time passes, I know my child is getting an awesome education, and the faculty is open to suggestions/ideas.
I recently pulled my children from this school. While it had an incredible vision, my belief is that it will not and cannot ever be implemented. While the school touts small class sizes, that isn't the case. There is no or little structure. Adminstration is constantly changing and there is no stability. It was not unusual to come to school for the day and find your child's teacher had quit. This is traumatic on younger children and unfortunately this patterned repeated itself many times. I believed so strongly in the vision, so I kept my children in the school 2 1/2 years. The best decision my husband and I made was to pull our children. They are now adjusted and doing well in their new school. And their new schools offers much more than Trillium was able to provide despite their intentions.
I feel that this is a wonderful learning environment. The teachers work very hard. The staff is very supportive of innovative strategies to improve student achievement. Every teacher, I feel, deserves a positive mention as well as a thank you from other parents. The students are dedicated, the parents are dedicated, and the school is growing. Although there are some building problems, the problems are solvable and normal for any charter school. The fact that parents are more informed about problems does not mean that they have more than other schools. We should be glad that they are so upfront and honest about future plans. I love this school and the teachers that make the magic happen.
I am very concerned about my son. He attends kindergarten at this school. The art and gym teacher - Mrs. Teer is exceptional and wonderful. The spanish teacher is great. What is lacking is everything else. They advertise small classes but have jammed 27 chidren in my son's class--there are no small classes. My son was placed in a class that has 21 girls and 5 boys so his learning environment is very 'girl-friendly' and very 'boy-unfriendly'. There is very little structure and the children don't have to do anything they don't want to do. Children are constantly running around and goofing off. A child got the tip of their finger severed by a door to a bathroom between the two kindergarten classes. The school administration did not address this issue - the teachers painted a line on the floor to keep the children back but the children still play there.
I currently go to this school. I'm in eigth grade here and i love it! My class size is very small (there are seventeen people in my grade) and I get all of the individual help I need. The only thing I don't like is the uniforms because we have to tuck in our shirts, but thats not a big problem. My mom and I both would recommend this school to anyone.
Kindergarten and pre- school is wonderful here. There is one educator per ten children. My daughter was reading very well upon entering first grade, but also upon entering the first grade she was put in a classroom of 28 kids- and growing with on educator. She wasn't allowed to have her own text books due to the class size. The teacher was unable to handle the class size and was constantly calling parents to come pick their kids up because she was severly lacking classroom management stratagies. The rules and regulations change on a weekly basis. They actually tried to change the dress code and require different, more expensive uniforms midway through the school year. This is a great place for very young kids but after kindergarten it becomes a joke. The staff lies frequently to cover their inadaquencies.
There is no stability here at all you never know from one year to the next if this school will be open, and to get answers from these people is like pulling teeth. I am as many other parents are now in the process of looking for another school because we were informed that this school will no longer be here next year.They did say that there will be one next but from day one in 2002 we have been fed [many] lies.I don't even feel this is a safe place to leave our children.
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