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Frequently Asked Questions

What distinguishes Trinity High School from other schools in the area?

Trinity educates the whole person—in mind, body, and spirit. Our focus is not on standardized tests or quickly moving students through to graduation. Instead our teachers and administration know each student by name. Trinity students create meaningful relationships with faculty and with one another through retreats, the House system, and athletics. Trinity students rely on their morals and faith to navigate difficult choices that all teenagers face. They hone their leadership skills through opportunities in the classroom and on the field. Trinity means community. It means faith. It means family.

How does Trinity develop students spiritually?

Through daily theology classes, annual retreats, and regular opportunities to perform community service, Trinity students are formed in faith. Spiritual life is ingrained in daily life at Trinity—we remember our classmates in prayer before class, we fundraise to support community efforts financially, and we use our hands to serve the needy inside of school and out. Almost down to the student, the Kairos retreat is named by seniors as a life-changing, faith-deepening, highlight-of-high-school experience.

All students regardless of religious background have these experiences, and non-Catholic students gain as much from learning, participating, and serving as Catholic students do. Tenets such as integrity, self-reflection, and love of neighbor undergird so many faiths, and the inclusion of various perspectives and faith traditions allows for deeper understanding and personal growth of every Trinity student, regardless of faith background.

What is the value of a Trinity education?

The cost of tuition should not be a barrier to any student wishing to enroll at Trinity. Our primary goal is to enroll students who want to learn, be challenged, and excel. The culture at Trinity is one of excellence, where it is not just teachers who push students to be their best selves, but their peers as well. Trinity’s value lies not just in its offerings on paper, but in the culture which demands that students strive for the “highest good.”

From a financial perspective, a Trinity education is an investment in the student’s future. While four years of full-price Catholic tuition at Trinity is $32,000, the average merit-based minimum scholarship offering from our partner colleges is more than $63,000. More than 75% of Trinity students easily achieve the GPAs and standardized test scores required by our college partnerships.

How prepared are Trinity students for college?

Our college counseling department helps students find schools that best fit their needs, and our college partnership program shows that more than a dozen universities are so confident in the quality of a Trinity education that they offer guaranteed admission to our students who meet GPA and standardized test requirements sight-unseen. We have even had colleges revise the terms of our agreement to offer more merit-based aid, lower GPA requirements, and admittance into entry-level programs including Nursing and Doctor of Physical Therapy, after experiencing Trinity alumni.

In general, colleges inform us that our students are recognized by their work ethic and their writing proficiency, and alumni describe their freshman year as “easier than they expected.” Though more than 22% are drawn to continue their Catholic education at a faith-based university, our graduates have attended top-notch universities across the country.

How can students get involved at Trinity High School?

Trinity students have more access to opportunities in leadership, athletics, arts, and academics than any other local school. Because of our size (not as large as the public schools, nor as small as other private schools in the area) we can offer a variety of activities that are not inundated with participants. A Trinity student has the unparalleled ability to take AP courses, lead a mentor group, play multiple sports, AND grab a spot in the school’s musical. Students have the chance to try out for athletic teams with little experience and wind up contributing to the team’s District championship.

What is the House system?

The House system is an initiative to spur greater student involvement and ownership in daily life at Trinity, as well as provide more opportunities for student-to-student and teacher-to-student mentoring. Trinity students are divided into four Houses—De La Salle, Immaculata, Loyola, Seton—and meet with the same “mentor group” daily. Mentor groups include students of all grades and serves as a sort of “home base” for students. They engage in discussion, work as a team for various competitions, attend Mass, and root for each other’s successes. Students have unprecedented opportunities for leadership in the House system, and take on additional responsibilities to mold their high school experience into what they want it to be. The House system has energized student life, spurred greater involvement for all students, and created opportunities unavailable at any other school in Central Pennsylvania.

Do you provide bus service?

The following school districts provide transportation to Trinity High School: Central Dauphin, Cumberland Valley, East Pennsboro, Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Northern York, South Middleton, Steelton-Highspire, Susquehanna Township, Susquenita, and West Shore. Trinity offers a private chartered bus to Carlisle. All other school districts do not provide transportation or do so on a case by case basis. You may contact your local school district or Trinity’s Transportation and Attendance Administrator for your district’s participation details.

 

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