What They Said About Trinity School
- Our faculty. Trinity’s faculty receive the highest ratings across all constituencies--and this is a rare phenomenon in such surveys, where student ratings often differ widely from parent ratings. Trinity’s faculty are commended for their care and concern for students, for their subject area expertise, and for their inspirational and motivating teaching. Alumni reports agree with current students and parents on this assessment of Trinity.
- Safety. The Trinity community, across the board, values physical, emotional, and spiritual safety as much as anything at the school; and all constituents rated these three in the top nine (out of 34 possible measures) in performance. In other words, the school thinks that safety is important and that the school is doing a good job of making Trinity a safe place for students to learn.
- Skills. The formation and training of students to exercise curiosity, to act ethically, to demonstrate resilience, to practice teamwork, and to nurture creativity were again at the top of the list in both importance and performance.
- Finding the things we do well, which all constituents value, which are missionally vital to the school. Celebrate these, market these, make sure we continue to invest in these. Faculty and safety are surely at the top of this list, and the school’s strategic initiatives going forward must reflect that we support these strongly.
- Finding the things that all constituents value, which are missionally vital to the school, but where we could see improvement. The school’s accreditation improvement plan and strategic initiatives should reflect new ideas and investment for moving the needle on these. This needs more careful study, but my initial read is that concerted effort to improve our training in certain key skills like time management and resilience would be smart and wise.
- Finally, finding the things that are missionally vital to the school, where both our performance and our importance ratings are lower. I would put diversity in this category: Most constituents rate this low in importance and low on performance. But my own assessment, and that of the board, is that diversity is vitally important to the mission and health of the school and that we undervalue it at our peril. Our work in areas like this is doubly hard: We must not only improve our performance, but also change the way our constituents assess the importance of this.