Posted February 14, 2011
In over 30 years as a professional educator, I have never known a school to be more gracious, welcoming, accommodating or community-oriented than Trinity Academy. This remains my observation after six years as Trinity's head of school. Many, many families love this school, as evidenced by better than 90% retention of current families and more than 10% growth from new families per year for the past 6 years. Combine this with ACT, SAT, AP and ERB scores, and college scholarship offers, that rival the finest schools in North Carolina, and you have compelling reason to enroll and stay at Trinity. But, don't take my word for it. Please come see for yourself. However, people are still people and children are still children. So, although the complaints expressed in some posts on this site were not brought to my attention, it would never surprise me to learn that someone at Trinity had an issue that was not resolved to their satisfaction. My assumption is that Trinity will suffer similar ills to those that plague other schools. But, I am confident of two things; that there will be fewer ills at Trinity and that we will deal with them, when called to our attention, differently - balancing responsibility with grace, as best as we can. Nonetheless, any unresolved issue involving our children is unbearable for us as parents. And, even if we or our children are partially responsible, it feels better to hold someone else entirely responsible. I regret that Trinity has wounded a former parent and a former employee to the point of provoking repeated negative posts to this site. I would invite anyone with concerns about Trinity to contact me directly. My door is always open and I am eager to resolve all issues and learn how we can serve our families better. Likewise, I would invite anyone interested in a dynamic school community that combines exceptional academic quality with authentic Christian living to come dig under the surface and discover the real Trinity. Odds are better than 90% that if you come, you'll stay! RL, Head of School
As a student I was very impressed with the staff and the quality of education. The two biggest issues I had with this school was the lack of buildings and the upper school principle who seemed like a totalitarian dictator who regularly abused his power and seemed to enjoy putting us students "in our place." However the head master was the best.
Outstanding academic, spiritual, social and athletic programs! Love the lower school! The teachers and lower school administration are top-notch- really caring and committed to the growth and development of my children. I can't imagine ever leaving this jewel of a community!
We have two teenagers at Trinity and they have both been there since kindergarten. Both of my children have thrived at Trinity. Was it always roses? no,but no school is perfect. We have found that both the teachers and the faculty know and love our kids! They make a point to build relationships. This is a college prep school that offers a great honors program, superior arts programs and great athletics. The athletic program is fantastic! Every coach treats the players with love and respect, teaching them sports and the game of life. Both of my kids are involved in school; prefects, athletics, drama, music, tutoring other students, and volunteering their time at Camp Trinity each summer. You truly get out of school what you put in. If you plan on turning over your children and abdicating any responsibility for their education and personal growth, then I can see how some reviewers would be unhappy with the way things turned out for their kids. This is a GREAT school - we love it and will continue to support Trinity Academy until our students graduate.
We are a new family at Trinity, and really have enjoyed our year so far. Trinity's reputation as a great school that prepares your child for college is well known, but I had no idea how warm and inviting the community that exists here would be. My child is in the upper school, and all of his teachers seem to be well-educated, engaging, Christian teachers who really care about their students. Mr. Pond (the Upper School Head/Principal) checks in frequently with us to ensure that our "Trinity experience" has been a good one, and my child already feels so connected to the teachers and him. The only weird thing I've noticed is that there seems to be some negativity among the ladies that work in the main office. I'm not sure why, nor do I seek to get involved with gossip (and there is some), but there is a definite air of tension present between them that you can feel when you are in that building. I hope that changes, since they all seem like nice people. Overall, we love Trinity and would recommend it to anyone who wants a great experience for their children.
Terrible - concerned more with $'s than the actual kids that go to the school.
After 4 years at this school, we have been so impressed and grateful! Teachers and Administration Team is extremely supportive and passionate caring for our children. Our children have wonderful and kind classmates that want the best for each other. Best of all, our children love going to school!
Trinity is the best school in the area for preparing your child for college academically. My oldest felt their first semester in college was a breeze after graduating from this fine school. Our experience in the with the upper school finds the teachers willing to work with your student requiring only the child pursue them as needed. I have seen the teachers go the extra mile to make themselves available and willing to meet the students where they are. The college adviser is just absolutely outstanding. Our experience with this school has not been perfect but no school run by people could ever be perfect. Simply outstanding in all regards!
What a great school! We are a new family and just finished our first semester. We had heard that the upper school (Trinity calls its middle and high school "upper school") would be hard, but everyone here from Courtney and Anita in admissions, to the great teachers in my child's classrooms to the wonderful Mr. Pond, who oversees everything in the upper school Principal, have given us the best educational experience of our lives. Dr. Littlejohn, who is the Head of School, is a visionary leader and an expert in classical and Christian education. I don't know why anyone would send their children to other schools.
Professional faculty in a loving Christian environment. Strong academic program. Our family loves this school!
Our child attended Trinity for a year and we were very excited for our child to be a part of the school. However, after the first year we realized Trinity Is not the school we thought it would be We found some of the teachers and administrators to be insensitive, even cold when dealing with some children and parents. The school leaders seem to be more concerned with the school image than with than with the needs of the students. We are very disappointed with the school and will not be returning.
With much thought and with disappointment I have decided to voice my views of Trinity Academy. I saw a situation at Trinity that truly cut me to my heart. My initial view of Trinity was one of high respect! However, I believe the true color of the school (and the administration) shone through when a tough situation arose. In trying to protect children and families, I can only say that I believe Trinity did not display Christian attitudes when they were faced with a difficult situation. What I saw was decisions being made to appease adults and not out of a true concern for the best interest of the children. I did not see any convincing sign of a Christian response. The teacher and school leadership did not handle the matter with dignity or with any true concern for the families involved. Communications were less than poor, families were shut out (when it involved their children) and the voices of the ones who counted the most (the children) were not heard! I was an advocate for Trinity...telling everyone I knew about how great the school was. I will not be able to say that to anyone again. Actually, I am compelled to recommend against a family attending Trinity Academy.
We have a kindergarten student at Trinity and we have been thrilled with everything about this school. He initially began kindergarten at a magnet school in July and was completely overwhelmed by the chaos. He had almost daily crying spells, was waking up at 4 am worrying about school, and frequently asked if he could quit school, despite his teacher's valiant efforts to help him adjust. We decided to pull him out so he could start at Trinity on time at the end of August, and he is a different child here! Not one tear shed, not one complaint, and he was upset that he couldn't go to school on Labor Day! The magnet school is a good school, but it was not a good choice for our child. If your child thrives on routine, order, a peaceful classroom, and academics, then Trinity is a perfect choice. The Christian education is icing on the cake, reinforcing what he's learning at home, Sunday School, and church. I cannot say enough positive things about Trinity. It is worth every penny of tuition to ask him, "How was school today?" and hear, "It was great! I loved it!" every single day.
After two years at Trinity Academy, our family is thrilled with the school. Our daughter is very happy and seems to be thriving is this loving academic enviornment. She is working hard but having fun. Her teacher is extraordinarily passionate about teaching! The community is caring and quick to support those in need. I would highly recommend Trinity Academy!
We transferred to Trinity from another north Raleigh private school two years ago and are so thankful we did! Teachers and administrators are caring and committed. Our children are learning at an incredible pace and are being challenged with a rigorous curriculum. Best decision we ever made for our children!
This is our 3rd year at Trinity. I have yet to be disappointed. I have found the academics to be impressive, the teachers supportive and kind, and the administration to be friendly, welcoming, intelligent and caring. The best thing I could ever say is that my children are truly happy here. They really feel loved, encouraged, supported and safe. I could not ask for more!
It saddens me that a school has to build their reputation through marketing & pr instead of real parents/students/community. How interesting of a time (the week of open house) that the below response was added by a "parent". I think that this website is a wonderful avenue for parents & students to voice their experiences -- whether that be positive or negative -- about a school. It just needs to be honest! Obviously, the below post is trying to sway parents away from the public school system & enter their private institution. Because why? They are losing students to an otherwise superior-run system. Communication at this school is awful! My child who attended classes there was bullied by other students in front of the teacher & nothing was done OR communicated by them. If you need to go into the front office -- no one is ever there! Good luck trying to get in touch with someone on the phone as well! Its simply a poorly-run school and is NOT worth the money. You are better off with the many magnet school options, St. Timothy's, etc. ANYTHING but this school.
The WORST experience at any school my child has ever attended. Pretentious, supercilious, nastiest attitudes among the educators and administrators that I have ever encountered. The teachers were under-prepared, ill-equipped and non-communicative! With regards to their curriculum, although highly boasted as exceptional, it is nothing more than handouts printed off of a website. Saxon Math?! Google it you are better off homeschooling than forking out the tuition cost. While eerily pleasant at first, we witnessed boorish and backbiting behavior from several of the staff members gossiping about other parents! THE families that help support the school & help pay their salaries! Truly awful! Is that where you want to invest time, money & your child s education? Don't be fooled. They will teach your children how to live like self-entitled, self-serving individuals with no mindset besides their own hypocritical way.
Outstanding educational model. My child graduated with a significant merit scholarship and is enrolled in a top national university. Without a Trinity education, I feel certain these opportunities would not have been possible.
How many times do we look at reviews and think "wow"! - Either good or bad, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The main focus of us as parents is to collect our own facts, actually watch the interaction with the parents, teachers and students and form our individual opinion. That being said, Trinity Academy is more that "trailers", the money is focused on the student body and attracting the best talent to enhance our children's educational environment. We have loved every minute of Trinity. We have two kids and at least once a week, they have thanked us for enrolling them at Trinity. Sure, there are ups and downs, but that is exactly what life is. The leadership at Trinity acknowledges this and are trying to equip our children with the most current techniques available. I truly believe that Trinity is a school worth "looking inside" at
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