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Trinity Lutheran School5
Posted November 10, 2014
- a parent
This is our first year at TLS and we LOVE it! The students are kind and considerate. The academics are challenging and the teachers are nurturing and caring. While I wish PE and physical activity were emphasized more I understand this is a general problem with education today (not a TLS specific issue). The school emphasizes character and educating the whole child, not just academics.
This is for elementary and middle school My children have been there for a few years now and I have not been thrilled with the behavior of some of the teachers. There were some great ones that were fired and there are a few still there that are adversarial with the children. I think there are some good aspects to the school, but lately, I have thought about relocating my children to another school. I am concerned about the learning atmosphere and the upper echelon's placating behaviors. If you can't find another school, this one will do, but beware of the smiling to your face and what is agreed upon during meetings mean nothing as they do not always keep their word.
TLS has major problems right now with the Head of School. She refuses to work with parents or the School Board. The accreditation that the school now possesses is in name only. It in no way reflects the poor state of the academia or morale of the school. The Head of School tells parents one thing and then does another. She also tries to placate the school board as well. She is the main problem at the present that keeps the school from being the good school that it used to be. Most of the great teacher have either left or been let go. It is truly a sad situation since TLS once was great private school option on the Peninsula. Until a change is made at the top, TLS will continue to spiral downward. Until that happens, there are plenty of alternatives on the Peninsula for quality private school education. If you truly care about your child's education, you will keep them out of TLS at this time.
I cannot speak highly enough of this school! We moved our son from a local Catholic school where he was just miserable - only in Kindergarten, he already HATED school. From just Sept. through Dec., we watched as he went from a funny, happy, lively little boy to a child who had stopped making eye contact with adults, refused to talk to us about school and would slowly drag his backpack up the school steps and in the door each day with his head hanging down. We moved him to Trinity after Christmas and hoped we could work with his teachers and the TLS staff to get our little guy back. After TEN DAYS at Trinity he came home READING and jabbering about everyone he met, all the fun stuff they were doing and how much he LOVED his teachers. A year later, it just keeps getting better. We LOVE his 1st grade teachers (yes I said teacherS, plural - two teachers for 11 students!) They are super nurturing while still expecting the best from him academically. Now, when he gets out of the car in the a.m. he RUNS in to the building. When I pick him up from school he is all excited about his day and asks regularly if he can stay for aftercare, Mad Science or Lego Club. TLS gave us our son back <3
Trinity Lutheran used to be one of the best private schools in the area, leader of the PIAL Athletics league AND I was proud to say I graduated from there. Now with new leadership and teachers, Trinity has developed a reputation for hidden fees, unhappy students who can't wait to leave, and a habit for replacing their best teachers with the children of current staff members and cancelling amazing programs and traditions. Although many of Trinity's teachers and staff are exceptional and highly qualified, especially in their kindergarten, second grade, and preschool as well as Sandra Butler, former head of the middle school, Trinity like any school has its problems but remains one of the best elementary schools in the area. How prepared are the 8th graders for high school after so many changes? Not as well as they could be. How prepared are the 5th graders for other middle schools? Very prepared.
It has been a privilage to attend Trinity Lutheran School. The teachers are great and will help you through anything! The sports and music programs are great. Plus, the middle school offers classes such as Stock Marketing, Public Speaking, Art, Chorus, Drumming, Handbells, Activity Class, Outdoor Ed, Fly Fishing, Microsoft Office, Drama, Storytelling, Horror with Hitchcock, Rocketry, Robotics, Oyster Gardening, and Disney. This school is lots of fun and has a great learning enviorment! I love Trinity!
Trinity has an environment and student attitudes that far exceed other schools my son has been to. Academeically it is superior and the faculty and staff are incredible! They are all about the children as it should be.
I have graduated one child from Trinity and have two there now. Trinity has more than prepared my oldest for high school. I am proud to say he is currently ranked 1st in his high school class of 377. Along with great academics, the school builds students of character by having a caring staff and administration that treat the learners with respect. It is the best value in private school in the area and located in the heart of Hampton Rhoads.