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PK-8
Public charter
Dallas, TX
Students enrolled: 1,732
Before care: No
After care: No
 

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400 South Zang Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75208

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(214) 946-8846
(214) 942-8864
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Map of Trinity Basin Preparatory address.

March 09, 2015
This school needs a lot of help. The Fort Worth location has been through FOUR Principal in THREE SCHOOL YEARS! This was so disappointing. I was trying to get my children out of the Fort Worth ISD because I was having so much trouble getting the help I needed. I thought that this alternate charter school was going to be much more helpful but I was WRONG!!!! I have been asking for help here and I haven't been getting the help I need for my children. I'm so disappointed.

- submitted by a parent

January 16, 2015
My son has gone to this school since last year when he started pk 3, I was super exited because I thought this school was great. But as the year progressed I started to realize little by little that the school administration is all messed up. The teachers are great they work with you and everything. But most of them don't come back. Now the teacher he has is great and with alot of patience for the kids.But the principal here is rude to teachers and she doesn't care if she's in public. I have witness a couple of times when she's yelling at them and just talking to them like they are worthless. The front office all they care about is the dress code and they don't put in cossideration that the kids have to step out side even just to go to the restroom.If you try to explain why they have extra under clothes all you hear is" you signed the dress code sheet at the beginning of the year" that's it. Plus if you don't get them into dress code with in an hour they will be put in school suspension. But then they wonder why your child is sick through the winter missing precious education time. Its just pathetic that it runs like that. Luckily this is my sons last school year there.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2014
I've worked at Trinity Basin for over 5 years, now. And, though we've had our ups and downs, I'd truly rather be no where else. We are a school with vision and a determination to make a difference in the lives of our students. That's not something I hear from a lot of my fellow teacher friends in and around the metroplex. TBP is a great school to be a part of whether you're a fellow teacher or a student!

- submitted by a teacher

August 08, 2014
If you are reading this you are probably a new teacher. While first year teaching is always challenging, this is an intense sink or swim environment with sharks circling beneath you. The principal will state upfront she makes it a habit to not like anyone. She is quick to single out those she does not like. Those chosen one's will be pulled out of their classrooms and yelled at and belittled. The teachers she likes will bonus and be left alone, even if they achieve rock bottom STAAR scores. There will be people planted to spy on you, frequently. The principal encourages people to divulge dirt on each other. It is a very sad and unprofessional place to work. During in-service you will be promised that things are getting better. They hired a PR person to help you believe this. SST is a joke, you spend time fighting for students while principal is saying her coined phrases including "They are one God's special people." The students there are amazing, so please give them all you have. After you serve your year get out and get into an ISD. Of the 18 teachers at Elementary of those 12 have resigned, the year prior 14 of the 18 resigned. Those numbers speak.

- submitted by a teacher

August 08, 2014
The school is very unprofessional and intimidating.. Certain Ethical Conduct Codes not followed - (A) Standard 2.1. The educator shall not reveal confidential health or personnel information... (Information that is confidential is discussed among everyone, even people who are not even in supervisory positions, ie. aides, etc.) (B) Standard 2.2. The educator shall not harm others by knowingly making false statements about a colleague...(Constant gossiping/slander about colleagues is common practice). (C) Standard 2.3. The educator shall adhere to state and federal laws regarding the hiring, evaluation, and dismissal of personnel.(No job security, dismissal at a moments notice is routinely practiced). (F) Standard 2.6. The educator shall not use coercive means or promise of special treatment.... (Intimidation, excessive observations and favoritism is shown). This school district is about politics and not about children. Teacher retention would be a high priority, 80% of the staff is not returning. Some were fired and some decided to find employment elsewhere. It is run by people who think they are doing a good job.

- submitted by a teacher

March 23, 2014
I had my son at this school for half of school year only. School's priorities are all wrong. Administration worries more about dress code than the child's education. My son has always been top of his class, but at this school he fell behind. Not enough brain stimulation. Several meetings with his teacher determined my son was well advanced but she couldn't do anything about it because other students in her class were not up to my son's learning level. Teacher also admitted this school catered to "non English speaking" students leaving children like my son to struggle. There's a lot of favoritism... My son had accident (soiled pants) & I never got a call....no attention to kids...I can go on & on...be ware about this school unless of course you are a friend of the principal or administration.

- submitted by a parent

February 18, 2014
My son start pre-k in this school last Summer, we both love it, the experience has being great, he had learn so much he's so happy and his teacher is just the best I could ask for, I really like this school and my son does too

- submitted by a parent

November 21, 2013
Never encountered this amount of incompetence at an ISD! They call it "promoting from within", but what it really is is cronyism pure and simple. They have principles with a bachelors degree, uncertified school counselors, and don't give me started on their school Board administration! They use the assistants for every thing, but our pay is nothing! Most of the kids are Hispanic but most of the administration are white women that walk around like they're better than us or that they know more than what we do! The assistance are the best thing about the schools. Don't send your kids here if you want them to learn any structure. all this school is good for is micromanagement and underpaid staff!!

- submitted by a community member

August 19, 2013
Here comes the honest to God truth: if this school is to truly practice what it preaches, it needs to root out nepotism at all levels of its organization, and the CEO needs to take a drastic pay cut. The school's enrollment is completely disproportionate to the 12th highest paid superintendent in the state of Texas. Numbers do not lie. This school could do amazing things, but it will never achieve its destiny as long it runs itself like a Wall Street company instead of a school that truly cares about its teachers, students, and parents. And why is the school so focused on expansion when it cannot provide the adequate support to those who matter most. As Yertle the Turtle would say, "I know up on top you are seeing great sights, but down at the bottom, we too should have rights!!!"

- submitted by a teacher

August 17, 2013
If you have a below average student then this is an excellent place for your child. If they are above average, do not put them in this school. Every teacher there truly loves kids and wants to help them. Because parents have to call through the front office in order to reach a teacher, we often do not get the messages and find out days later that a parent requested a phone call or a conference when the parent comes to the school in person and angry. When this happens, teachers are blamed not the people who never relayed the message.Most teachers work 70 hours a week. That is in the building hours not the time they spend at home. And they are required buy nearly all of their own materials and supplies. It is, however, a great place to learn as a new teacher because you will be thrown in and have to either sink or swim. You will learn every aspect of being a teacher in a short amount of time but it will require your entire attention and devotion and every minute of every day and night.

- submitted by a teacher

August 13, 2013
I worked at the elementary campus. While there are some amazing people working here who actually do care about the children, most of the administration does not believe in positive reinforcement, but constant criticism., of teachers and students. I had students get in trouble for no reason at all when in line in the hallways, simply because the principal had a preconceived notion that they were troublemakers. I was told to stop teaching strategies for the state test for no apparent reason (even though no strategy was given for me to teach the students with). Favoritism is prevalent, with best friends and family members of administrators getting promoted even though they are hardly qualified (1 1/2-2 years of experience in a classroom) for the job they are given. I could go on for pages on the questionable activity that takes place on the elementary campus, but I think I can sum up the extremely high turnover rate by theorizing that most teachers spend the school year feeling harassed. In such a negative environment no one can thrive; not the teachers and definitely not the students.

- submitted by a teacher

August 12, 2013
I too understand the frustration of constant staff changes. While the middle school vice principal was fantastic, it should not come as a surprise that she is gone. Yes she did everything. There are a lot of people that do fantastic things at this school and are still pushed out. If you are not family or close friends of the upper administration, your days are numbered from the beginning. There is even an elementary teacher that boast of that fact. She constantly says, "Well I'll put in a good word for you with (insert administration's name here) because we are best friends and go to graduate school together". Staff like this run the show and they are not ashamed to admit it. I am glad that I have not yet been a target of one of these staff members because they do have the power to run others off. The upper admin has shared confidential teacher walk-throughs with their friends that should not know it. This happened to me when that same elementary teacher came to me after a walk-through and said, "tough break about your walk-through. You usually get good ones." I had not told ANYONE about my walk-through.Hopefully TBP will get it's act together soon. The kids deserve it!

- submitted by a teacher

August 11, 2013
I am a teacher at the Middle School and while I love the kids, this organization needs to get its act together. I was told that the awesome Vice Principal that we had this past year was "let go". What?! Ms. Cole was the glue holding our school together. We had a lame duck principal and an upper administration who seemed to be happy with it as long as things were getting done. A few of us discovered that Ms. Cole litterally did everything. I walked into a classroom before school where she was fixing a ceiling fan that would not turn on. The teacher said they both had been trying to get the maintenance man our but the upper admin kept sending him to do higher priority tasks. So instead of letting the kids suffer another day, she did it herself. If you are a family member of the upper administration or you attend happy hour/social events with them, your job is safe. If not, you have an expiration date. One teacher was told of her job reassignment via text message during the school day. Another was fired on the last day of school while there were still kids in the building. They had to see her carry her stuff out.

- submitted by a teacher

June 19, 2013
I love this school!!!!! My son has been going here since pre k 4 and he's going to the 4th grade...alot of parents say they are to strict on the students ... i agree but at the same time they are getting them ready for the REAL world....you cant go to work looking any kind of way or without your uniform... the kids that go to the school are doing way better then the kids in DISD......sad that they are focused on the small stuff instead of there childs education

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2013
Reading all the negative reviews mainly from Teachers is very disappointing. I have never had any problems with the school administration here in the several years my children have attending Trinity Basin. I did have one concern this year but I brought it up to a teacher during a Parent conference meeting and seemed the issue was corrected. My children would come home and would let me know how teachers would talk down to the students. One time a teacher told my daughter's classmate to "Put her crap up in a ponytail", the science teacher asked a girl to put her hair up in a ponytail. For a teacher to tell a student "crap" was very uncalled for. Also, teachers would tell students to "Shut up" . Growing up teachers would never speak to students like that. I know students maybe be difficult at times, but if they want respect maybe they should give respect first?

- submitted by a parent

June 05, 2013
This is not a school I would want my children attending. They are treated so poorly with unnecessary pressure put on them about little things that are not that important. The administration are a bunch of little dictators running around bullying anyone in their path and most have very little if any actual classroom experience themselves. I read the reviews here and thought it couldn't be that bad. But it really is! This is a horrible place to work, a teaching job shouldn't be as miserable as these people make it. If you are looking for a real teaching job where you can care about and help students learn, this is not the place for you. If you have half a brain and can think for yourself and question practices that are just not up to standard, this is not the place for you. Only if you enjoy working in a hostile environment with negative administrators and being micromanaged while being surrounded by nepotism then bingo, this is for you. Also if you notice, there are more negative reviews about this charter school than any other. Only positive remarks on here is by administration or teachers who are scared and bullied into writing something here to try to cover up. Don't let them

- submitted by a teacher

November 23, 2012
My two children attended this school for one year. I can honestly say I would not send my dog there. The school is ran like a prison. If a child has one hair out of place the parent is contacted to come and fix the "major emergency". There is so much favoritism you would not believe. The priniciple are quick to remind you that you chose this school if you have an issues. In other words shut up or take your kid out. The parents cannot setup a conference with the staff, you can only be invited in if there is a problem. They are partial to hispanic students so please beware. This school needs to be shut down!

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2012
Choosing a school for your child is one of the hardest and most important decisions you will ever make. I think the only way to make the best decision is to visit schools that you are interested in. Whether people like or don't like our school, one thing everyone can agree on is that we have an open door policy. Call any school for a tour, any time. See the amazing things going on in our classrooms for yourself. Feel free to call me at (214) 946-9100z

- submitted by a teacher

October 10, 2012
Teachers are great! But they don't stay long... They administration really susks and they don't treat their employees good at all. They will fire anyone with their own brain and ideas. Surprised they are still around!

- submitted by a teacher

February 18, 2012
The concept of the school is great. But, the administration is so far out of touch with the methods of the educational system. They continue to stand on a methodology that is currently closing many ISD schools throughout the country. This is why a teacher who proves that other methodologies work as seen with the previous state test scores, they will fire them and hire those who will follow their methods. This is why they are now NOT ACCEPTABLE. If you have a child, I would recommend any school who looks for ways to actually teach your child to make it in the world. They continue to lose the best teachers based on following a teaching method that does not work!

- submitted by a teacher

April 04, 2011
Worst experince with the administration. The teachers don't respond to request for phone calls or meetings. If you want your child's education to be first avoid this school at all cost!!!

- submitted by a parent

April 04, 2011
Worst school ever!!!! The administration placed improper trauncy on a Kinder student. The courts did dismiss because the case was not filed properly but that was after I missed work twice, paid parking and wasted countless hours.

- submitted by a parent

July 25, 2010
I think parents and teachers can understand charter issues better by reading "The Death and Life of the Great American School System. You can find a lot of free videos on the author on youtube. Just because you have the power to fire teachers at-will doesn't mean you are holding teachers to a high standard. Just because the education director can fire anyone at anytime he wants doesn't make him right. How can you talk about high standards when your administrators are not qualified to be an administrator in a public school? With the exception of one principal that has a certification from an on line program, if they were to apply at a real school district (like Mansfield) they would be turn down. There is a movement to stop funding charter schools with state money and after knowing what goes on in this "district" I am in full support of it. If you are a teacher I recommend highly that you do not work here. If you are a parent I recommend highly that you do not send your child here. If you are an employee here I recommend highly you find a new job ASAP.

- submitted by a teacher

July 18, 2010
This is a fantastic place to work if you entered into education to make a difference and a fantastic place to send your children if you want them to recieve a quality education in the city of Dallas. Teachers are held to a high standard because the mission of the school is to provide the best education to the students as possible. All of the previous comments about teachers getting fired and/or asked to not return are absolutely true. However, teachers in large ISD are observed maybe twice a year and, if for some reason they are not up to a standard, they are put on a growth plan for up to two years. Our teachers are held more accountable. Every desicion I've seen made in the years I have been with the school have all been in the best interest of the students. We all love and truly care.

- submitted by a teacher

July 05, 2010
It should be a huge red flag that so many teachers are unhappy. Clearly the positive reviews by teachers are in the minority... the overwhelming majority express concerns about administration that are felt by every single teacher with whom I've spoken. Majority rules.

- submitted by a teacher

June 23, 2010
You are always treated great the first year. You'll see. Then you will be saying the same things you've read here.

- submitted by a community member

June 18, 2010
Ditto! The 2009-2010 school year was my first as a teacher and I was treated very well. I was never in fear of losing my job. If you are confident and know, in your heart, that you are working for the fantastic kids at TBP, being held accountable should not be a problem. I welcomed observations and constructive criticism and never felt bullied by the administration or other teachers. The support I received was awesome! I believe most teachers at Trinity Basin are there because they truly care about the students and their families.

- submitted by a teacher

June 16, 2010
The Directors of Trinity Basin Preparatory are there to unsure that all students are receiving the finest education possible. Lately I have notice a pattern emerging on this web site with low performing teachers using it as a way to take shots at the highly effective administrators in our outstanding district. If you truly care about the students you should stop. If a small amount of teachers were doing their jobs then they wouldn't be fired. The teachers spend too much time sitting behind their desk instead of teaching. If you give them any free time they will spend it arguing among themselves or gossiping. Some of the teachers were aloud to work here longer than they should have. I understand nobody wants to lose their job but it is like a whale getting harpooned in the ocean, sometimes you have to do what you have do to get rid of extra blubber and move forward with only the best. The point is we only want what is best for our kids and that means the best teachers. If the teacher don't feel that way then as far as I am concern, there's the door!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
May 06, 2010
Trinity Basin Preparatory is not a good school. The teachers are not accountable for their actions and the Adminstration staff is worse. The CEO never visits the schools or even checks in with the children on campus. OCM, one of the campuses, didn't even have a door on the restroom that the children use. They play favorites to some employees and get rid of the teachers that care!!

- submitted by a community member

May 05, 2010
This school is horribly run. The teacher's are used and abused with the constant threat of being fired if any ill word is said. There is no contract so they can & will fire you for any reason. Student's are given no break between classes or during lunch (they are to be constantly monitored and kept in straight lines). Students are only allowed to go to the bathroom during class (which disrupts the lesson due to the students constantly coming in and out, and makes students miss out on parts of the lesson.) Teachers are incapable of performing at their highest level because they are stretched so thin with the constant threat of being fired. I highly recommend you do NOT send your kid here and definately DO NOT accept a job here.

- submitted by a teacher

April 23, 2010
In response to some of the comments, I am a teacher at this school and I will not be back next year. The teacher turn over is due to horrible working conditions. Teachers are constantly abused by the management . Charter schools are money making operations and the management just wants the teachers to shut up and babysit the kids so the money keeps rolling in. Admin staff does not care what you are doing in your class as long as you keep the kids out of their hair.

- submitted by a teacher

April 19, 2010
I cannot recommend this school for your child. There is no excuse for the campus not to be recognized. Charter schools attract the most motivated students and parent from the poorest communities. Charters enforce discipline rules that would likely be challenged in court if they were in the regular public schools. Because they are a school of choice it is easier to eliminate a low-performing and disruptive students. This school will eliminate your child with little to no reason. So why isn't this school recognized? The answer is the lack of competent leadership from the principal to the current C.E.O. According to there web site only one administrator is certified (from an online college) and the rest are not qualified to be an administrator if they were in a regular school district. Again I would not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 03, 2010
Teachers are not given any time to actually prepare lessons or correct papers or even eat lunch. No breaks are allowed for teachers to use rest rooms. The continual interference by administrator's micromanaging destroys any continuity the teachers might have been able to construct for the students. Students are held out of class for not having proper articles of clothing ie belt or shoes and miss instruction. The emphasis on appearance over substance makes this one of the worst run operations I have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2010
We tried this school 4 several years 2 give them the benefit of the doubt but as always things started good but eventually got 2 the point that I knew this school was no longer up 2 date. The staff are not all that, teachers are so so & principals & admin are out of the question. I truly believe that this school could do better but the less parent involvement the better 4 them & @ that rate the school will not succeed. This is the first year that they are @ a new school & @ 1st they were scared but now they see that is was the right choice. My children have learned alot especially my 2nd grader. He was tested & was a whole year behind & the school worked with him & he is now @ his grade level.

- submitted by a parent

March 05, 2010
i have noticed a broad spectrum of items in this school. I believe that the administration really do not have control over their teachers. The teachers do what they want without reprecussion. Each have their own favorites and just like any other DISD school, some teachers really do not care about the educational lessons they give to the students. i am a strong believer of parental involvement and I try my best to be interactive with my students, but, the system they use as far as grading in the Powerschool is hardly updated. Teachers never seem to respond to emails, and I have found so many errors on one of my student's report card. I try to give the school the benefit of the doubl, and much more, I feel like pulling out of the school. This school needs a makeover..

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2010
I agree that this school is pretty good until you get to middle school. My daughter says the classrooms are out of control with the bad kids - just like every other middle school in Oak Cliff. I tried to talk to the principal but she doesn't care. We are pulling her out at the end of the school year and going to move to the suburbs.

- submitted by a parent

January 06, 2010
I thought this school was pretty good for my kids until they came to middle school. The teachers are a revolving door - always quitting, you never know who your kids teacher is going to be. I asked what was going on and just got the run around from the rude staff.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2009
this is a great school, the teachers are great with students this is the second year of my son and he loves it!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 24, 2009
This is a very good school, the teachers are great with the children. Staff will give you a hard time about picking your child, even in emergency situations! I have experienced rudeness from some of the assistant teacher helpers to the 10th degree! Some of the staff there walk around mad at the world and WILL take it out on you. There is no window for tardiness, your children have to be there by 8:00 in the classroom sitting down, no exceptions. Make sure you are CLEAR about how many days your child can miss before they send you out a truancy slip. If you have a change of clothes for your small children make sure they are accounted for immediately because they will come up missing. Yes it is an EXCELLENT school, but the staff takes up for each other...parent's views don't matter.

- submitted by a parent

August 03, 2009
I was very impressed with this school. My children transferred here upon moving from Denton County this past year. I was apprehensive about enrolling them in an Oak Cliff school due to the reputation of the area & I feared they would fall behind due to the stress of the transition. However, in the first few weeks I noticed their grades shoot up above average & they ended the year with honors. I was very pleased with the focused attention they received from the faculty. Starting from the one on one conversation with the principle discussing both the school s & my expectations; to the teachers giving personalized attention to each child, bringing out their best; to the extra curricular activities coach cheering on our first year players with encouragement and pride. I would definitely recommend this school to all.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 03, 2009
This was my daughter's first year in Trinity Basin Preparatory in 1st grade and she LOVES it. I also was really impressed with it, she had previously attended a catholic school and was very expensive to keep her there but now I see that this school is alot better academically and it also provides a very safe enviroment for the children. Their policies are strict but that keeps the kids on the right path, my daughter will definetly continue to go there. Thanks to all the staff at Trinity Basin, especially the first grade teachers for teaching and keeping my daughter safe.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2008
this school is awesome and i love the way they care about our children and their safey. I have never had a problem with the staff and it's my son's second year there and will continue there....

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 29, 2008
My child has only been attending for a month now but i have seen a grade improvement in his conduct and he likes the teachers.

- submitted by a parent

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Trinity Basin Preparatory
400 South Zang Boulevard, Dallas, TX  75208
(214) 946-8846
Last modified Trinity Basin Preparatory is a Charter school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Trinity Basin Preparatory Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top