The school has some good teachers who really try to make a difference. Sadly, it's also teeming with lethargic, angry teachers who yell at the students, and prefer handing out worksheet packets to doing any real teaching. Great emphasis on rote memorization and little inspiration for nurturing critical thinking skills. We find that our child's semester depends greatly upon the teaching team fate deals us. Principal is nice, but more interested in being viewed as popular than effective. Short-sighted, he turns a blind eye to social problems and poor teaching. Most students there are good kids from good homes, and some are truly exemplary in their kindness and ethics. School teaches to the middle. Bright kids are often bored to death, and kids on IEPs get no support in the classroom. HT lacks the warmth of the Catholic elementary schools and the high-level teaching of the Catholic high school. It exists because it's sandwiched between two stronger pillars.
My son is finishing his first year (6th grade) at HTCMS. It has been an amazing year of growth for him. I am impressed with the focus on a student as a complete individual with expectations on academics equal to those for character, respect, responsibility, etc. The principal is a fantastic administrator and strives to be a great leader for the faculty as well as the students.
It is obvious that many of the posts on this page are old. Mass is celebrated twice a month with the entire community, Eucharistic Adoration with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament occurs several times a year, and the Rosary is prayed with the entire school on the weeks when there is not a Mass celebrated. The school has a Chapel Club where students help with the care of liturgical objects, preparation of the altar for Mass, preparation of the music for the Mass as singers and musicians, and helping to prepare liturgical artwork. There is a respect life Club, "Spiritus" (Breath of God) that works in small and large ways to uplift the dignity of all human life. Students give up their lunch and recess periods to make sandwiches, personal care bags, and blankets for the homeless in our community; they have gone on numerous field trips to uplift the marginalized members of the greater community with kind words, smiles, and by being caring listeners to our neighbors' stories. Students and adults receive seasonal prayer booklets that are current while being faithful to Catholic Tradition. We even have a parent lending library with booklets, books, audio CDs and DVDs.
Holy Trinity is a fantastic school! The academics are rigorous, and the teachers have high expectations but are also caring and attentive to individual needs. The Catholic faith is evident throughout the day and in the many ways the school gives back to the community. I had 3 children go through this school and found it to be a top-notch school with great teachers, a lot of technology, and a Catholic base.
Holy Trinity is a great Catholic Middle School now that they have a new principal. The school has improved 100% in the past 2 years. My child has a higher SAT score in the 7th grade then the average HS Senior in NC. While they may not pray the Rosary they take religion class every day and they pray twice a day. The education is worth the money and better then any public school in Charlotte.
A word of warning about this school and its lackadaisical attitude toward bullying. I found the administration's reaction to what has become a serious problem in schools lackluster at best. Despite physical attacks on my son, a simple "talking to" was the only consequence the school administrator deemed appropriate for the offender.
Good academics! Lacks adequate discipline or sufficient religious education. Neither of my children can remember praying the rosary in school. Admistration is superficially polite but seldom actually reacts with a solution.
Another thing is the teachers and staff are really into your businees. I got sent to the councelors office because a teacher ease dropped in my conversations and misinterpretted what I sai to my frends. They just are really worried about your business instead of focusing on teaching. it's really sad.
I am currently attending Holy Trinity in the eighth grade. I love school, have many friends, have had the opportunity to play three school sports THIS YEAR, am in honors classes, and have a strong relationship with God. This school is worth sending your children to. The administration checks in on you to make sure everything is fine and the teachers do their best to accomodate your needs.