Academics

Curriculum

Trinity’s academic program is one of its strongest features. Our liberal arts education focuses on fundamentals essential for building a foundation, accentuated with electives, and infused with the Gospel message. Trinity acknowledges the diversity of students, and offers programs accordingly; by offering 13 AP courses, along with courses with more focus on the basics of material, all Trinity students are placed in courses which place them in their optimal zone of learning and development. Furthermore, all of Trinity’s courses emphasize writing, so students hone their skills in critical thinking, organization, communication, word choice, and development of complex ideas in every class period, every day, over the course of four years.

Departments

THEOLOGY

Trinity’s theology courses are designed to give Catholics an in-depth look into Catholic tradition and history, Scripture, Christian vocations, faith formation, and moral and ethical development, while also providing non-Catholics with a foundation from which to understand these same concepts. Catholics will grow into a deeper understanding of the intellectual and spiritual aspects of their faith, while non-Catholics will also likely find parallels to their own faith traditions. So much of Western history, culture, literature, and philosophy has developed out of Catholicism, that students of all religious backgrounds will benefit from our required theology courses.

ENGLISH

The courses offered by the English department will cover a variety of topics, including the study of vocabulary, grammar, and literature, and will develop writing, research, and analytical skills in all students. English courses include the study of American and British literature, as well as many units on world literature throughout the course of four years. Our students often participate in the Scholastic competition, and regularly win recognition.

SOCIAL STUDIES

The social studies program focuses on creating citizens who are articulate and socially responsible. Through history courses that cover events, persons, and trends from the ancient world through modern times, American history, American government and economics, and psychology, our social studies faculty emphasize a solid foundation in knowledge, methodology, and active class participation for all students.

MATHEMATICS

The math department places a high value on critical thinking and problem solving in its courses which cater to students of all ability levels. Pre-algebra, algebra I & II, geometry, trigonometry/pre-calculus, statistics, and calculus I & II, all give students the opportunity to understand concepts, demonstrate skills, and master techniques of high school and college preparatory mathematics.

SCIENCE

Trinity’s science department focuses acquiring knowledge by following the process of the scientific method and incorporates labs and real-world applications as a matter of course. Our courses in earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics enforce the concept that lab experience is essential to integrating critical thought processes. Science Fair projects are also an option, and Trinity regularly has students who place in local CASEF competitions.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

The World Language Department at Trinity promotes foreign language through the four fundamental language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students also experience the culture and geography of the language through film, food, images, literature, and more. Trinity offers Latin, Spanish, Chinese, and French.

ART

The art created in Trinity’s art classes showcases the diversity of our students’ interests, abilities, and medium preference. Students learn how to throw pottery, model clay, paint, draw relying on perspective, and create any number of mixed media projects. Trinity is proud to have had several award winning artists come from its ranks, and even pursue careers in the visual arts with their talents.

MUSIC

In addition to exposing students to a range of musical styles, Trinity’s music program focuses on performance and with an eye toward preparing students for future musical endeavors in college and in the community. Students may take choir, band, string ensemble, piano, or music appreciation. Trinity students perform regularly for the school community in the context of liturgy and school assemblies, as well as for local charitable organizations.

HEALTH & PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Health Education is designed to provide students with the foundations of health and wellness as they relate to today’s society. Physical Education develops the fundamentals and skills in students to enable them to purse a life of health and activity through sport.

BUSINESS & COMPUTER SCIENCE

Trinity’s business and computer science courses include: accounting, business applications, personal finance, sports marketing, computer programing, and computer applications. These courses keep in mind current trends in technology and business, and seek to educate students on the changing landscapes of these fields.

FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE

Our family and consumer sciences curriculum is designed for people – people making choices, people using resources, and people relating to people. Thinking skills are encouraged in each course by using the practical problem solving approach. Whether discussing topics in foods, clothing, decision making, or nurturing children, the intent is to provide students with tools to enrich their lives so families will be strengthened and, ultimately, all society will benefit.

MARY BUCKLEY LIBRARY

The Mary Buckley Library provides all students access to print resources and online databases necessary for research and other academic projects. The library offers in-person access to resources before, during, and after school, and 24/7 access online. Trinity’s library also houses books for recreational reading, including titles by Trinity alumni! The library is named in honor of Mrs. Mary Buckley, librarian from 1974 to 1993.

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