K-8 Academics

Science

Trinity is dedicated to providing an excellent Christ-centered education for its students. The following are some highlights of the school’s academic program:

Accelerated Learning

Already, Trinity students are graduating on average with 30 hours of college credit. Rigorous, accelerated K-8 classes provide an opportunity for high school students to begin taking concurrent college credit classes earlier and earn even more college hours.

Small Class Sizes

Research shows there are benefits to classrooms with no more than 15 – 20 students that last throughout a student’s educational career. Students who attend smaller classes in the early grades show significant gains ahead of their regular-class peers in all subjects. By 8th grade, these students are almost a full year ahead of their peers. As such, Trinity classrooms will be limited to approximately 16 students.

Best Practices

While reducing class size is advantageous in and of itself, benefits are increased when combined with other effective practices. These practices include:

  • Hands-on learning
  • A developmental approach using multi-sensory teaching methods
  • Explicit phonics instruction
  • Logic in grades 7-8
  • A Biblical worldview
  • A positive classroom environment

Foreign Language

Students will learn Spanish in grades K-4, Latin in grades 5-6, and high school Spanish 1 in grades 7-8. Successful language learning happens when students have meaningful communicative context such as games, songs, rhymes, experiences with sports, arts, crafts, etc. Since children learn a foreign language best when their native language is not used for instruction, teaching will incorporate visuals, props, hands-on activities and body language.

Fine Arts

Vocal music, band, visual arts and drama will be available.

Special Needs Instruction

Trinity provides special needs instruction for students who struggle academically as well as gifted students. We realize that each student is created by God with his own unique strengths and weaknesses.

Trinity uses the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD) model of intervention to provide specialized instruction for students with learning differences. Unlike simple tutoring which focuses on re-teaching content, NILD therapy teaches the learning processes needed to be successful in the classroom. NILD focuses on basic skill areas such as reading, writing, spelling, math, and reasoning. NILD therapy helps students find strategies to compensate for vulnerable areas and become competent, confident learners.

Differentiating instruction is a way that teachers will help meet the diverse needs of each student. Trinity Academy teachers and staff:

  • Have a student-centered mindset
  • Are trained to differentiate instruction for students with special needs (whether they struggle with learning or are gifted)
  • Collaborate with colleagues to review data and make adjustments to instruction as needed
  • Use multiple forms of assessments to ensure students have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways
  • Offer specialized instruction for students with learning differences using the NILD model of intervention.
  • Partner with families in the process of reaching all students