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.
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.
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.
You are always treated great the first year. You'll see. Then you will be saying the same things you've read here.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
this is a great school, the teachers are great with students this is the second year of my son and he loves it!!!
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.
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.
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.
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....
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