Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions Page!
Sadly, Christianity is today marked by deep divisions. Because of this, we at Trinitas believe that we need to accomplish two things. First, instead of fixing upon the divisions within Christendom, we need to celebrate the common faith that binds Christians together. The issues that bind us are far greater than those that divide! By celebrating these, we believe that we can take steps toward being a positive Christian witness in a religiously fractured world. Second, when we have differences, we need to learn how to dialogue with each other in charitable and respectful ways. For in doing so, we learn from each other and are often blessed by one another.
At Trinitas, we are dedicated to Christian education. So, our goal is to educate children in such a way that they are formed by the richness of our faith. But we also realize that we live in a pluralistic world. So, we also desire to prepare our children to live in this world. We can think of no better way to accomplish these goals than to provide for our children an education in which they are simultaneously grounded in the fundamentals of the faith and interacting daily with children from different branches of Christianity. We should add, lastly, that our approach is not one that champions “lowest common denominator” Christianity. Christianity is a rich faith. We have no wish to minimize this. Rather, we gather together daily at Trinitas with our respective confessional identities, thanking God for the faith we share and learning from our respective differences.
By studying Latin and Greek students also gain valuable insight into the achievements of the Roman and Greek worlds (sculpture, architecture, sport, religious and political life, etc.). Finally, according to the National Committee for Latin and Greek, the study of Latin and/or Greek can also help student performance on college entrance exams. For example, high school students with two or more years of Latin typically score 140-160 points higher on the SAT than their Latin-less peers. The College Board (the publishers of the SAT) found that students with a background in Latin or Hebrew tied with higher scores in critical reading skills than students with a background in any other language. Students with a background in Greek scored next highest.
Since the Spring of our inaugural 2006-2007 academic year, Trinitas students have taken the Iowa Test of Basic Skills to measure objectively their aptitude in vocabulary, reading comprehension, language, math, science, and social studies. These tests provide a standard for comparison with other mainline schools. It deserves mentioning that Trinitas spends no time at all “teaching to” this test.
When compared with students taking the same test at the same level nationwide, the composite average of every class over the history of our testing has ranked significantly above grade level as seen in the following table:
|National Percentile of Schools*
|Grade Equivalent Results
This means, for example, that over the past seven years our fourth grade classes have performed on average as well as the median seventh grade class would in the third month of its school year taking the same test, and so on. In most of the individual test components, our classes ranked far above their grade level. This was the case with our seventh and eighth grades, which consistently score at or above the level of high school seniors in Reading, Language, Mathematics, and Science, and our third through eighth grades, which place at least two years ahead of their peers nationwide.
*Data prior to 2010 not available.
Students at Trinitas have physical education two times per week where they learn to play such games as basketball, soccer, and field hockey as well as practice other skills related to physical fitness and good sportsmanship.
In addition to singing each morning during morning payer, Trinitas students have weekly music classes where they practice choral song, are exposed to various instruments, and are taught music theory, appreciation, and history. They also have the opportunity to improvise with melody, rhythm, and movement.
All grades have weekly art classes where they are taught technique in a variety of media as well as art appreciation and art history. Student work is on display for all to admire during our annual Fine Arts Night.
We also recognize that eating can itself be an educational opportunity and that what we eat can be related to our courses of study. Accordingly, we periodically work with faculty to coordinate community meals with specific learning opportunities.
Included in the cost of tuition are all textbooks, field trips, membership fees, and tests offered to full-time and homeschool partnership families. School uniforms are not included.