In sports, academics and fine arts my teachers and coaches held me to a high standard, teaching me how to live a life of integrity. The way the discipline program is designed is to reward honesty and integrity. If a student confesses to the administration that they broke a rule, including class A (the worst) rules, expulsion is out of the question. Punishment will still be given, decided by a committee of students, in a fair system.
This school completely prepared me for the college curriculum. I am finishing up my freshman year of college easily with a 4.0 GPA taking 17 hours. Every step of the way the teachers and faculty encouraged me to excel, to dig deeper into concepts, and really understand how to solve problems. Each and every one of my teachers were enthusiastic about their subject and about making sure I understood each lesson. They were available and willing to come early and stay late to help me succeed in their class. I was not only prepared academically but also spiritual. I learned how to apply each concept I learn and relate that to how God has created and sustained the earth. I feel completely confident in the Word and because of the community I had at Trinity, i was encouraged to find a similar group of solid christian friends in college. However, not the entire student body is strong in their faith, but that is to be expected. If you are looking for a school with perfect people, that is not here, frankly that is not anywhere. Yes, bullying is there, but the faculty takes this very seriously, and most of the time when people "get away with bullying" it is because nobody tells someone. But this is a school with faculty and staff who love the Lord and pour out into each of the students. I learned so much about grace, faith, and love by the stories and actions of my teachers. When I have a family, I will do whatever I can in my power to make sure my children attend this school. Trinity Christian Academy prepared me academically, spiritually, and in character to thrive on a secular campus and make movements for the kingdom of God on my campus.
Elementary school and middle school were both fine. The teachers were great, and the other students were friendly. However, the high school is absolutely miserable for anybody who isn't rich or athletic. It often causes huge amounts of anxiety from both the academic and social pressures. The academics cater to a very small group of people;most find it too difficult, and a few others find it boring or too easy. Most the teachers are helpful, but people in the administration often pick on certain students who don't fit their mold of a perfect TCA student. It's full of brainwashed, elitist, hypocritical students who have a "holier than thou" attitude. Religion is forced on students constantly in an extremely specific way, and anybody who doesn't fit their idea of a Christian is outed by their peers. The administration is brainwashing the entire student body to be an exclusive "Jesus club." Voicing an opinion different from your peers will result in an onslaught of insults. the majority of students end up being slapped in the face with reality when they go off into the real world. TCA is not teaching Jesus's message of love and grace for everybody, but they are promoting a completely different message through their words and actions. Quite a few people have been turned away from the faith by TCA's approach rather than drawn to it. Overall, this school is a horrible choice for anybody who doesn't fit their religious mold and isn't smart, athletic, and rich, so stay far away.
If your child isn't not a brilliant student then TCA is not for you. In high school it is a requirement to take honors and AP english and history, for some students that's too much. Also if your child doesn't take honors and AP classes sophomore through senior year, then they will feel like they've not worked hard enough because the rest of their grade is taking harder classes. Have your child take choir or drama 1 in high school as an elective. Let me just tell you that the art program as good as it may be IS NOT worth it. All you get is teachers who are somewhat rude in their critiques, count you off for things they told you to do, and give you a ridiculous amount of homework and art papers. Go to Prestonwood or public school, your child will excel.
As a past student I would never recommend this school to anyone. If you only went there through 4th grade it would be fine. After you reach middle school it all goes down hill. Students are bombarded with work they are not prepared for and the teachers aren't much help. The high school is the worst part. The administration is made up of egotistical people who do not care for the kids well being. Everything is weighted, cheer and drill team tryouts, ambassadors, counselor interviews, etc. They also refuse to replace teachers who are terrible at their jobs because they give the school money. The student body is a mess of cliques and bullies. Whenever I speak to people who still go there they say they wish they had the courage to leave. If you send your child here you will be trapped in the TCA "bubble". The "bubble" is the inescapable social barrier that forms there. The kids there never know what the real world is like until they graduate. Many alumni had trouble making friends after going to college because they lived and breathed TCA their entire lives. Run, don't walk, run away from this school.
This is a great school if your child excels in sports and academics. If not...forget it. They provide absolutely NO help if your child is underperforming. You must hire a tutor. No after school help. No before school help. They won't even switch teachers if it's not a good fit. It's your problem alone if your child needs a little help. Bullying is rampant. Shocking what "good Christian kids" say to each other when they think no one is looking. There is absolutely no parent involvement. Especially out of school. No parties, social gatherings or moms get togethers. You have to be nominated to be a room mom!!! Very strong alumni presence...and not in a good way. Very ostracizing and unfriendly to new families.
This is a great college prep school. We were previously at an "elite", secular private school. The Lower School is a loving and nurturing gem. My dd says that it is like a play date everyday. Strong art, great playground, chapel. Incredible reading program. Middle School is about building independence. Strong academics, numerous sports and fine arts. They also study Latin. High behavior standards. The US is where it all comes together. My high schoolers actually feel like the administration cares about them, individually as a person. My son is taking many honors classes in math, science, technology and English/history. It is challenging, even for gifted students. Most graduates go to UT, TAMU and Baylor, but also Princeton, Cornell, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt, Duke, etc. There is also a strong emphasis on spiritual development through reflection, mission trips and community service. It compares to the best private schools in Dallas, with one big difference: the teachers pray for the students and are committed to developing them for the glory of God.
Excellent school. Strong academic curriculum with a core foundation in Christian values. No school is perfect but it's far better than school nearby, both public and private. As a parent, I've watched my child develop lasting friendships without the social pressures from their previous school. The academic rigor is strong while preparing students for life beyond the classroom. TCA continues to seek excellence from its students with a strong biblical foundation. Highly recommend.
Serves the average to above average student; the caliber of students in general is far less competitive than more prestigious schools like ESD, Parish, Greenhill, Ursuline, etc. Sweet Christian families and a strong community but not a springboard to the Ivy League.
We sent two children through TCA. It is a good school but I honestly don't think it was worth the tremendous amount of money we paid. Our priority was a Christian environment, but unfortunately many of the same problems of public school are at TCA - teachers who don't always have a student's best interest at heart, teachers who should have retired or been fired a long time ago, and teachers who do not model Christian behaviour. Also the vast majority of TCA families are wealthy, and it can become a problem to keep up if one is not also wealthy. There are also few families who really walk the walk when it comes to their faith. They talk about their faith, but then let 12 year olds watch R movies - same problems as public school friendships. I think that I might recommend to a young family with children to use all that money in a more productive way, and just keep your children very active in a good Bible church and stay very involved in their lives, and put them in a public school where they can develop empathy for those less fortunate.