Monday Message 1/29/18

Dear Families and Friends of Trinity,

Last week was National School Choice Week and to commemorate the event, our PTO gave out scarves to all Trinity families that attended the ornament party in December. It was our way of thanking parents for choosing Trinity Episcopal School. School Choice is not taken lightly, we recognize and are thankful for, all our parents who choose Trinity. You have all given your child/ren the greatest gift of all, the gift of an independent school education. Below are some interesting facts about independent schools.

There are 33,619 private schools in the United States, serving 5.4 million PK-12 students. Private schools account for 25 percent of the nation’s schools and enroll 10 percent of all PK-12 students. Most private school students (79 percent) attend religiously-affiliated schools and most private schools are small: 87 percent have fewer than 300 students. According to findings from a meta-analysis of 90 studies on the effects of schools conducted by William Jeynes, senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, and a professor at California State University, Long Beach, students in religious schools enjoy a significant academic advantage over their counterparts in traditional public schools and charter schools. The study also found that faith-based schools have narrower achievement gaps and better student behavioral outcomes. Jeynes calls religious schools “the best hope for American education” and says the nation should “rethink its strategy of espousing charter schools and overlooking the benefits of faith-based education.” Thank you for choosing Trinity!

With warm regards,

Mark Ravelli / Head of School
Trinity Episcopal School
720 Tremont Street Galveston, TX 77550