T R A N S F O R M T O M O R R O W
Trinity’s approach to graduation outcomes begins with an intentional portrait of all we want our graduates to know and
become. These end goals shape our every decision. It’s an innovative, top-down, 12-K approach.
Training the mind how to think makes learning a lifelong pursuit. At Trinity Academy, we don’t tell our students
what to think, we teach them how to think.
We immerse students in truth, goodness, and beauty through the wonder of science, the structure and order of math, the
genius of the arts, and the living stories of great books - all within the context of a Christian worldview.
To shape future generations with culture-transforming, Christian worldview thinking.
The mission of Trinity Academy is to equip students to live with wisdom, excellence,
and purpose in the modern world by offering an education grounded in the
Christian faith and the classical tradition.
A Community of Faith and Learning
Founded in 1995, Trinity Academy
has provided thousands of students
a unique educational experience that
integrates authentic Christianity
with superior academics.
Our highly skilled faculty are excellent in their craft and truly invested
in the lives of students. We focus on the classical arts and sciences
and offer a full array of high-quality, competitive athletics and
award-winning fine arts. At Trinity, we begin with the end in view
by asking “what skills, what knowledge, what virtues, and what
experiences must our graduates have?” We then craft a
“top-down, 12 to K – thinking outside the box” curriculum
to achieve that end.
As important as our commitment to academics is our approach to
student spiritual formation. Alarming statistics indicate that the vast
majority of young people leave the faith when they leave home for
college. At Trinity, we believe this happens because students are not
given the opportunity to question their faith - to wrestle, test,
and even doubt their faith in ways that ultimately prove their faith. It
is impossible to defend a faith that is not their own, but only
borrowed from parents, pastors, or teachers.
College should not be the first time our students hear a salient
challenge to their childhood beliefs; therefore we engage them in
intentional spiritual conversations in safe environments with godly
teachers whose goal is to help students find answers to their
questions which ultimately lead them to find Truth.
“Our lives move in the direction of our questions.”
Pastor James White
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A Community of Faith and Learning
Our search for a school for our three
children stopped the moment we set foot
on Trinity’s campus. We were welcomed by
this community in ways we never dreamed
possible. Our children are thriving
academically and strive every day
to put God first, others second,
and themselves third.
Jeff & Katie Schottmiller
Learn How To Think
The boy’s teacher begins class with a question. As other students respond, the teacher parries and advances their ideas. The teacher poses more
questions, challenging his classmates’ assumptions. The room is abuzz. The boy follows the evolving discussion with effort, and it reminds him of
sports in its near-physicality and pace. When he transferred to Trinity Academy, he believed school was about getting the right answers. Now he sees
it is as much about asking the right questions. More than what to think, he is learning how to think.
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Stretching students beyond
their comfort zone develops critical life
skills and oftentimes uncovers a talent
or passion that would otherwise
have remained dormant.
At Trinity Academy, athletics are curricular which means every
student from 6th-12th grade participates on at least one organized
sports team, of their choice, per school year as their PE requirement.
Even though Seniors may opt out of this requirement, you will find
that many of them continue to play a sport their Senior year and
some even participate on teams during their last year at Trinity
that they have never played on before!
By participating in sports, all students gain the social, emotional, and
athletic proficiencies best achieved through team sports. Coaches, who
adhere to Trinity's mission of excellence in both character and competence,
are carefully chosen. We play to win, but we also play for God's glory.
We focus on the following:
Growing a culture transforming, Christ-centered athletic program.
Connecting our students with godly leaders and coaches.
Strengthening relationships and our community through competitive athletics.
Cultivating a culture of pursuing excellence in athletics and all that we do.
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At Trinity, our children are firmly
rooted in the Truth of Scripture while
their minds are taught how to think
about the world in light of their faith
in God. Beyond the academic quality
of the classroom, teachers have invested
in our children by modeling the love
and grace of Christ. Being involved in
Athletics and the Fine Arts have added
depth to their character and education
in life skills. The Trinity community
of students, faculty, coaches and
teachers are like family.
Dave & Julie Owen
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“The true work of art is but a
shadow of the divine perfection.”
The visual arts curriculum at Trinity Academy engages students
in a variety of exercises and projects that cultivate a deeper
appreciation for art and develops skills and techniques for producing
quality artwork. The result is a budding passion for truth, goodness,
Students in the Upper School Visual Arts program will:
• Learn to physically represent the three-dimensional world around
them on a two-dimensional surface.
• Learn to effectively incorporate the elements of art and principles
of design into original works of art.
• Accurately use the language of art to analyze and critique existing
Lower school students attend art class once a week for formal
instruction. By studying great works and artists of the past, students
explore what is visually “true, good, and beautiful.” Using Art history
as the backdrop, students explore texture, color, proportions, space,
Students paint, draw, explore printmaking, and create
three-dimensional paper mâché structures in a classroom
atmosphere of warmth and joy. Beginning in third grade, our
experienced Art teacher offers after-school enrichment classes
designed to enhance students’ art experiences in the Lower School.
Trinity’s Theatre Arts program never disappoints! Whether it’s an
ambitious school production of Singin’ in the Rain, or An Evening
with the Playwrights every fall, each drama student is given an
opportunity to shine. Some will refine their ability to step into the
shoes of a character and bring that figure to life, and others will
successfully perform a “behind the scenes” aspect of theatrical
production. Drama exercises, character development, script analysis,
set design, costume construction, stage management, and more – all
work together to help create a well-rounded theatre student, not to
mention a host of incredible theatre productions!
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“A Christian should use these
arts to the glory of God, … as
things of beauty to the praise
of God. An art work can be
a doxology in itself.”
Francis A. Schaeffer
Trinity’s Upper School Choir builds vocal technique through a variety
of methods. Students practice solfege and note-reading skills, sing
individually and in small groups, and analyze the beauty of music
through performance, discussion, and analysis. Whether it’s
performing at Grandparents’ Day, the annual Christmas Lessons and
Carols service, or regional music competitions, Trinity’s choir is given
a myriad of opportunities to share their gifts and talents!
Trinity Academy Lower School music adheres to the Kodály method
of music education to impart musical concepts to children. The
method uses traditional folk melodies and songs from the culture
to teach music literacy. Singing games and dances are an integral
part of the program. Students have up to 1.5 hours of music weekly.
Similar to Trinity’s Upper School Humanities approach, Lower School
music students learn about composers as they relate to the big
picture of history. Learning is paired with Trinity’s Grammar of History
and Art History curriculum to help students understand the grand
picture of our world.
Since music is a performing art, there are opportunities for students
to perform with their class twice per year. There are two after-school
performing choirs and performance opportunities for individuals to
shine in our annual Night of the Arts and Honors Recital. Older
students are also encouraged to audition for the NC Honors
Chorus—a select group from across the state that performs at a
special concert each November.
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Open Your World
For as long as she can remember, she wanted to be an engineer like her father. Tonight, performing on stage, she wants even more. With each note
she reaches, with each rhythmic step and stomp, her heart soars higher. When she finishes, and there is silence in Founders Hall, she feels goose
bumps on her arms. Then the applause explodes. In that moment, the trajectory of the young woman’s entire life – of every day that will follow –
shifts. Trinity Academy isn’t just opening her mind. It’s opening her world.
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With the Grain – With the Brain
When the woodworker purposefully
works “with the grain,” the result
is one of beauty and purpose that
outlives the craftsman and can be
enjoyed by generations to come.
The expression “with the grain” derives from the art of woodworking.
One should always sand a fine piece of wood with the grain because
to sand against or across the grain leaves scratches that mar the
figure of the wood, effectively ruining its finish.
In an educational context, teaching “with the grain” eases the
learning experience by employing methods and materials that
resonate with the student at any given point in his cognitive
development, while teaching against the grain ignores the most
natural learning bent of the student by subjecting him to externally
mandated curricula and methods. Classical education, like the art of
woodworking, has endured for centuries by teaching students in ways
that are consistent with their cognitive development. The methods
don’t work because they are “classical.” They are Classical because
they work! Until recently, modern and scientifically-minded parents
had to rely entirely on the testimony of others that these
centuries-old methods actually worked.
But, emerging research in the field of educational neuroscience
over the past two decades has solidly confirmed that classical
methodologies naturally align with human brain development
and actually aid in brain formation in ways that modern educational
methods do not. The irreplaceable outcome of Classical education
is a brain that can adapt to virtually anything it encounters.
Consistent with these conclusions from neuroscience studies,
Classical education leads to mastery of hard skills like conceptual
thinking, problem solving, effective communication, and
analysis – skills that are rare in an increasingly digital culture.
The age-appropriate combination of didactic instruction, individual
coaching, Socratic dialog, and student presentation also builds
equally important soft skills like adaptability, cultural awareness,
sound judgment, and open-mindedness.
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With the Grain – With the Brain
“In the future, the most rewarding jobs
of this century will be those that cannot
be done by computers. The students
best prepared for these opportunities
need conceptual thinking skills to solve
problems that have not yet been
recognized….The qualifications for
success, in the world that today’s
students will enter, will demand the
abilities to think critically, communicate
clearly, use continually changing
technology, be culturally aware and
adaptive, and possess the judgment
and open-mindedness to make complex
decisions based on accurate analysis of
information.” From Mind, Brain & Education
edited by science educator David A. Sousa
Visit our campus to learn more about our transformative
approach to Innovative Classical Learning that teaches
students “with the grain” and “with the brain.”
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Act Your Age
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He hugs his mom tightly when she drops him at
Trinity Academy in the morning, but then walk-runs
to class, giddy with anticipation of the day’s
sure-to-be-amazing adventures. He high-fives
the high schoolers he encounters between campus
buildings. He is first from his seat when his class
‘sings’ History, his small voice the loudest. In every
learning space, along each hallway, across playing
fields, and down winding nature trails, Trinity is a
joy-filled place where children can still be children.
This is how school should be.
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A classical, Christian paradigm is different from other approaches to
learning in our understanding of the purpose of education, the way
we teach, and the content we teach. This is certainly true of the
education offered at Trinity Academy.
As stated in Wisdom and Eloquence, the purpose of Christian
education is always twofold. We want our students to grow spiritually,
intellectually, and socially, and we want them to foster similar growth
in society. Or, as St. Augustine of Hippo would have put it, we seek to
lead the citizens of earth toward citizenship in heaven, while instilling
in them the desire to introduce the values of the heavenly kingdom
into the kingdom they presently inhabit. Beginning with even our
youngest Transitional Kindergarten students, we endeavor to
intentionally model and instill the Godly characteristics of virtue,
grace, self-discipline, discernment, wisdom, and eloquence in our
students through our teaching methods, our curricular choices, and
our pursuits.Trinity’s rigorous program is based upon assumptions
about how children learn and how material should be presented to
To master any subject, a student must first learn its basic facts and
terminology, reason clearly about it, apply it, and communicate its
ideas effectively and with style. The design of our curriculum is
determined not by the belief that these stages are related to phases
in child development, but that they apply to the mastery of any
subject regardless of the age of the student.
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“In short, we aim to shape
individuals who are both
heavenly minded and capable
of doing great earthly good.”
From Wisdom and Eloquence, Littlejohn
By way of an oversimplified example, young children love
to discover new things, commit catchy sayings to memory, move,
clap, sing, recite, and get their hands dirty. Teaching students of
these ages, “with the grain,” means helping them master
age-appropriate content through means that take their developing
natures into account. Keeping their developmental “grain” in mind
while varying instructional techniques eases the process of imparting
essential life-long skills and knowledge to young learners.
Therefore, in the Lower School, serious attention is given to the
rudimentary skills necessary to build confidence and competence in
the foundations of written and oral language, problem solving, and
even persuasive communication. We provide the foundation for our
students by introducing new subjects with specific vocabulary,
pertinent facts, and the mastery of basic skills.
Walk through our halls on any given day, and you may get a glimpse
of how we “teach with the grain and brain” as seen in the following
ways: the singing of grammar jingles, the pairing of students learning
historical speeches or Scripture, a group of enthusiastic, bouncy boys
and girls using motions and words to recite an historical timeline, or
singing silly rhymes to learn the basic human body systems. Listen to
tales of field trips to Civil War battlefields, “Living Wax Museum”
presentations, and replications of Edenton tea parties. Trinity’s Lower
School has created an innovative and dynamic school environment
where your child will flourish. We invite you to experience our
community of authentic faith and learning.
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Trinity Academy is one of the best
decisions we have ever made. Trinity’s
classical approach to education, is unique,
challenging, and focuses on educating
the whole child. We do not believe there
is another school that will better prepare
our children spiritually and mentally for
handling the demands of college and the
real world. We take comfort in knowing
that the staff and teachers pray for our
children every day and truly want the
best for their spiritual and academic life.
We have seen firsthand that Trinity is led
by an outstanding administrative team,
involved board, and dedicated teachers
that are willing to spend extra time
caring for our children.
Dustin & Katherine Alipour
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Find Your Faith
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He’s not sure what he believes. It makes him feel like an outsider.
There is a Trinity teacher he trusts – he is like a mentor, or even
a big brother – and one day between classes the boy asks the
teacher if they can talk. “I don’t know if I believe in God,” the
boy confides. The Teacher-Mentor-Big Brother surprises the boy
by encouraging him that it’s okay to question his faith.
“An unexamined faith is not worth keeping," the teacher says,
paraphrasing Socrates. The boy’s faith journey has reached
another milestone. While he feared his questions betrayed
his faith, they were actually moving him closer to it.
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Trinity’s distinct classical, Christian environment is very clearly seen
in our approach to the Middle School years. During a time of
tremendous personal growth and change for these students, Trinity’s
middle schoolers are taught in an environment that understands and
even celebrates their adolescent natures. Middle school students are
all about self-discovery. As students enter seventh and eighth grade,
they naturally begin to question things around them. They need to fit
in, but at the same time love to question, argue, challenge authority,
and catch parents’ and teachers’ mistakes. What better time to give
them the tools to determine sound arguments and reasoned thinking
through a course in Logic?
And as they struggle with cultural pressures to look and act a certain
way, what better time to immerse them in great literature that creates
conversations around the virtues of truth, goodness, and beauty? As
they straddle feeling like a kid one moment, and wanting to be
treated like an adult the next, what better time to create discipleship
groups that meet consistently with a mentor adult who will help them
navigate their shifting moods and feelings?
The Middle School experience at Trinity has been purposefully crafted
to ensure that your child is surrounded by excellent academics, caring
instructors and coaches, gender-specific discipleship groups,
instruction in God’s word, and just the right dose of fun.
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We foster positive growth
in the confusing pre-teen years
by offering a unique sixth grade
experience that is a hybrid of
the elementary and middle
Likewise, Trinity is very intentional in our approach to sixth grade
which is truly a Trinity distinctive. Understanding that sixth graders are
caught between childhood and adolescence, Trinity has designed a
program that fosters positive growth during these confusing pre-teen
years. As a result, sixth grade is a hybrid experience where students
spend part of their day in the Lower School and part of their day in
the Middle School. By combining the comfort of the elementary
setting with the excitement and challenge of a middle school setting,
we believe our sixth graders get the best of both worlds.
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Trinity Academy is
blessing to our family.
The staff truly knows
and pours themselves
into our children and
daily teaches by
both nurturing and
challenging them. It
has been a joy to watch
our children grow their
faith, their hearts,
and their minds in
the faithful and loving
community of Trinity.
We are forever grateful!
Josh & Quay Garriga
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Discover God’s Design
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As she watches her son receive the diploma, the
mother reflects on everything the once-reticent boy
has become during his years at Trinity Academy.
Accountable. Adaptable. Ambitious. Analytical.
Articulate. Authentic. Bold. Collaborative.
Compassionate. Confident. Creative. Curious.
Encouraging. Faith-Filled. Focused. Funny.
Humble. Innovative. Intuitive. Optimistic. Resilient.
Thoughtful. Beyond an education, Trinity has been
a transformative experience. Her son – her little
boy – is simply discovering God’s design. He can
do all things….
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Trinity Academy’s innovative approach to classical learning impacts
everything we do. From the content we teach, to the methods we use
to impart that content, and the philosophical beliefs that underpin
both of those choices, Trinity’s distinctly classical, Christian
environment is unlike any other school in the area.
Classical educators believe that students ought to be exposed to
truth, goodness, and beauty. By focusing on the themes of great
books that have stood the test of time, or on the beauty, structure
and order found in math, and of course, the wonder and awe in the
field of science, Trinity’s Upper School faculty create environments
designed to shape students’ minds, hearts, and souls to desire what
is true, what is good, and what is beautiful.
Trinity still believes that a classical arts education is the best form of
education. And while this idea is often challenged in today’s present
educational climate, we remain just as interested in who our students
will become as we are in what they will do.
To this end, Upper School students take classes in Ethics, Logic,
Rhetoric, and the History of Ideas, just to name a few. Combine that
with expert teaching in science, math, modern language, humanities,
and fine arts, and your child will be fully prepared to enter even the
most highly esteemed academic institutions of higher learning.
High School students love to communicate, be heard, persuade
others, win, and be recognized for their successes. Our High
School classes build on the solid foundations strategically laid down
in Lower School and Middle School. Mastery of hard skills such as
critical analysis and effective communication is exercised throughout
High School but displayed most prominently during Senior Thesis
presentations. This capstone of a Trinity education is like a tapestry -
a woven work of art purposely composed of foundational threads,
messy in its creative stage, but beautiful in its finished form.
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We strive to shape
students’ minds, hearts,
and souls to desire what is
true, what is good, and
what is beautiful.
Although the academic climate of our High School may be
classified as rigorous, it is balanced by a vibrant social atmosphere
that includes our British-style House System. Students thrive in these
distinct communities, within our community. Houses are comprised of
freshmen to seniors along with faculty mentors dedicated to shaping
the whole person. We strive to transform hearts and desires through:
• Constructing traditions that train students in virtuous living
• Nurturing relationships across grade levels (9-12) and with faculty
• Leadership, friendly competition, and service
• Positive peer pressure and mentorship
Trinity's High School offers leadership opportunities through our
Prefecture (Student Government), Honor Council, and House System.
Leadership is intentionally cultivated by faculty members who mentor
students as they lead their peers.
Many discipleship opportunities also exist through CRU and
grade-level, gender-specific Bible studies. With our curricular
approach to athletics and fine arts, Trinity students are well-rounded.
A student may spend his morning opening carpool doors for Lower
School and later that day interact with and mentor the same students
while working, after school, at Camp Trinity. Another student may
score the winning goal on the varsity soccer team and later be seen
on stage as the lead in the High School play. Our students never miss
a beat and serve, play, and perform with joy - it’s The Trinity Way!
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Trinity executes a strong Classical
program where instruction blends
individual subjects into a complete
intellectual picture based on
Christian principles and supported
by an open, encouraging, and safe
environment. Instruction is
individualized in a close-knit
setting and stresses preparation,
not only for college but for a
student’s life-long ability to
grow, lead, and inspire those
around them. The teaching team
is tops in their respective fields,
and administration is intentional
in their focus on the whole child
and their family.
Shawn & Mary Beth Bayle
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Do not be conformed to this world, but be
transformed by the renewal of your mind, that
by testing you may discern what is the will of
God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
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The young woman receives scholarship offers from colleges across the
country. She chooses a school to study medicine and neuroscience. She
thrives there. People question how she can be a scientist and a Christian.
She represents her faith, persuasively, in the classroom and around
campus. As a physician and scientist, she is determined to Transform
Tomorrow. She will treat underprivileged women from all corners of
the world in a virtual exam room; she will digitally map patients’ minds
to save the memories of the aged and impaired; she will eradicate
Alzheimer’s from mankind. Some say her Tomorrow is impossible.
This Trinity Academy alumna likes to think through the impossible.
It’s what she learned to do at a school back in Raleigh.
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A student educated through Trinity’s innovative, classical approach
to learning will be equipped to shape future generations with
culture-transforming, Christian worldview thinking.
C.S. Lewis says that when we have lost our way, the quickest way forward is usually to go home. In a sense, that’s the goal of a classical education.
Believing that much of modern education has lost its way, classical educators affirm a return to the ideologies and philosophies of great men and
women of the past. We see this as a way to move forward in a culture bent on embracing anything new, whether or not it has been tested and
proven worthy. So, we read the Great Books, we study Aristotle, we teach Grammar, we wrestle with Logic, and we engage in dialogue around
learning circles using good, old- fashioned eye contact and civil conversation.
Within Trinity Academy’s unique approach to Innovative Classical
Learning our students learn:
xxxx•That argument, by its true definition, is not to be avoided. That
xxxxto hold a differing opinion than another and still discuss it in a
xxxxrespectful manner, even if it means agreeing to disagree in the
xxxxend, is the very essence of an argument. They are equipped to
xxxx•How to reason and think for themselves. Instead of being told
xxxxwhat to think, they are taught how to look at the facts and
xxxxdecide for themselves what to think and believe. They are
xxxxequipped to Transform Tomorrow.
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xxxx•To read articles and journals and news which spout opinion rather
xxxxthan fact and identify that something is missing and in turn seek
xxxxout truth for themselves. They are equipped to Transform
xxxx•To identify fallacies. They are trained to read and hear arguments
xxxxand identify appeals to emotion, over-generalizations, and many
xxxxother false tactics of persuasion that are becoming more and more
xxxxprevalent in our culture. They are equipped to Transform
xxxx•Rhetorical skills so that when they decide for themselves what
xxxxthey believe about an issue, they can beautifully, effectively, and
xxxxpersuasively share their reasoning. They see eloquence as a
xxxxmeans to tell the truth without having to be brash or
xxxxconfrontational. They are equipped to Transform Tomorrow.
At Trinity Academy, we address topics at age appropriate and
educationally valid times as we teach “with the brain.” Within the
Lower School, while we do not address controversial topics, we lay
the foundation for eloquence and seek to instill a passion for truth,
goodness, and beauty that will serve them as they grow. Then as
Middle School students, they are afforded the opportunity to
engage in and debate topics in a safe environment. Finally, as High
School students, they are stretched and challenged to look at both
sides of controversial topics in our bi-weekly Forum and encouraged
to make their faith and beliefs their own. This prepares them to
stand in the moment when their future environments may be more
hostile to a Christian worldview. This end goal – the portrait of a
Trinity Academy graduate - shapes our every decision so that our
graduates are fully equipped to Transform Tomorrow.
At Trinity Academy, we are committed to our mission of offering
an education grounded in the Christian faith and the classical
tradition. However, we are always striving to improve. To that end,
we will continue to question, ponder, and analyze all that we are
doing for our students, your children. Whether it’s determining
the role of technology in classrooms or discussing best practices
for teaching a new generation of students, we understand that
Innovative Classical Learning combines the best of the past, the
realities of the present, and the possibilities of tomorrow. Together,
we can make those possibilities come true. Together, we can
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Understand Your Child
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The mother and father are attending their first
Parent-Teacher conference and don’t know what
to expect. Their child’s teacher asks them if he can
begin the session with prayer. The teacher’s prayer
is personalized to their son in all his little-boyuniqueness
and both parents are moved. As the
teacher details his observations and experiences
with their child – his voice warm with obvious
affection – the couple is stunned. They expected
Trinity Academy to teach their son about the world.
They never expected Trinity to teach them about
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T R A N S F O R M T O M O R R O W
10224 Baileywick Rd
Raleigh, NC 27613
T R A N S F O R M T O M O R R O W
10224 Baileywick Rd
Raleigh, NC 27613