Program

Philosophy

What Makes Trinity Unique Among Independent Schools

Service Learning

Student-Driven Social Activism:

Students generate ideas, and teachers help them realize their projects. From concept to implementation, students apply critical thinking, academic skills, and empathy and follow through on social issues that real people face.

  • What is STLT: The Student-Teacher Leadership Team (STLT) consists of student representatives from Grades 2 to 5, supported by their teachers and the Service Learning Coordinator. Each grade leads a project, and the other grades support their leadership. They generate project ideas, research, and scope. In addition, STLT leaders create an educational background for the rest of the school through announcements and advertising about how everyone can be involved.

  • Penny Panic: The Penny Panic, a student-run fundraiser in October, generates money for all the projects and Heart of Trinity awards. Students earn the money they donate by doing jobs at home. Good fun competition between classes starts each school day of Penny Panic week.

  • Heart of Trinity Awards: Grade 5 students culminate their Trinity Service Learning experience by reflecting on problems and solutions in the world. They discuss past Service Learning projects and related organizations. Then, they choose five organizations that represent the core values at Trinity. Students write award letters to these organizations, explaining why they appreciate their work. Each organization receives an award letter, a Trinity School medallion, and $100 from the Penny Panic money. If available, organizations send a representative to receive the award in Chapel, speak to all students, and talk with Grade 5 students.

  • Alumni Grant Program: We aspire for Trinity School alumni to grow into productive change-makers in the world. The Alumni Grant Program encourages alumni to submit a non-profit service project proposal to Grade 5 students, who will review and research the application with the potential of making a monetary grant to support the alum’s good work.

Differentiation

Trinity’s Secret Sauce:

The pedagogical and caring connection with your child. Teachers respect their child as a person and a class member. They use informal and formative assessments to discover your learning styles, strengths, and growing edges. Healthy teacher-child ratios of 7:1 allow teachers to thoroughly know their child and use flexible teaching groups, whole classes, and personalized instruction to engage and encourage their best learning.

Technology At Trinity

Technology Leverages Learning:

Your child explores, creates, and uses a variety of applications and web tools to help them communicate ideas more richly. Teachers use technology to amplify teaching and learning practices such as higher-order thinking, creativity, and knowledge construction. Tech tools help students acquire and extend skills and concepts across the curriculum. These traditional learning tools allow students to explore and express their thinking. Trinity teachers regularly attend professional development courses to deepen technology use and curricular creativity. Upper Campus students use iPads to work meaningfully and overtime on apps, documents, and projects. Teachers support students’ needs by differentiating tasks on apps and providing various digital tools to complete projects. Beginning in Grade 4, students bring their iPads home.
  • Tools Available to Students
    • 1:1 iPads for Kindergarten – Grade 5 students
    • MacBook Cart
    • Chromebook Cart
    • SMART boards in all classrooms
    • Document Cameras
    • Green Screens and Movie-Making Equipment

  • Digital Curriculum
    • Ticket to Read – Phonics and Literacy program for grades K – 2.
    • Dreambox Math – Supplemental math program for students in grades K – 5
    • Spelling City – Spelling and vocabulary program for students in grades 2-5
    • WPP – Writing practice tool for students in grades 3 – 5
    • Edmodo – Blogging tool for students in grades 4 – 5

  • Students Will
    • Express their learning digitally
    • Blog to a larger audience
    • Learn basic programming
    • Engage with robots
    • Practice digital citizenship
    • Learn to keyboard
    • Create and edit movies
    • Collaborate with peers
    • Use Minecraft for prototyping
    • Search safely
    • Cite sources

How We Play

Because Recess is at the Heart of a Child’s Day:

  • Play Before School: Students can run around and get the wiggles out with Mr. C. before school each day on the Sports Court.

  • Play-first-recess: Mid-morning and mid-day students hit the playground, running to the Big Toy, the Sports Court, the Field, the Stage, and the Ball Court, where plenty of play equipment awaits them. Playing first and then enjoying their snacks, students eat better and socialize more calmly.

  • Play in Structured Recess Games: Joining the game led by the PE teacher is a fun way to get into the group, where everyone can play, and an adult helps students participate.

  • Play on the Nature Path: Students can play and explore the beautiful nature path.

  • Play in the Library: In the welcoming Library, your child can read, research, create small crafts, chat with friends, and more. Entrepreneurial plans for a Hula Rope Show, a crochet bracelet business, and more have hatched in the Library over recess.

  • Makerspace: Build, take apart, explore, and make. Students create, to their heart’s delight, the Makerspace.

  • Science Room: The Science Room’s open door at recess is a haven for the curious. Solar-powered cars, fish tank investigations, and more are student-led initiatives the Science Teacher supports and encourages.

  • Art Room: Art materials and the Art Teacher inspire your child to play with different mediums.  A mural showcases every child’s contributions to a giant and multi-dimensional collage.