Trinity Academy Transform Tomorrow Admissions Brochure


Discover the Trinity Difference as you explore the how and why of our Innovative Classical Learning model.


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.

Our Vision

To shape future generations with culture-transforming, Christian worldview thinking.

Our Mission

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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Curricular Athletics

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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Curricular Athletics

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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Fine Arts

“The true work of art is but a

shadow of the divine perfection.”


Visual Arts:

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,

and beauty.

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,

and form.

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.

Theatre Arts:

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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Fine Arts

“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

Choral Arts:

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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Fine Arts

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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Lower School

Act Your Age

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Lower School

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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Lower School

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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Lower School

“In short, we aim to shape

individuals who are both

heavenly minded and capable

of doing great earthly good.”

From Wisdom and Eloquence, Littlejohn

and Evans

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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Lower School

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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Middle School

Find Your Faith

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Middle School

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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Middle School

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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Middle School

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

school worlds.

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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Middle School

Trinity Academy is

an all-encompassing

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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High School

Discover God’s Design

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High School

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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High School

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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High School

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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High School

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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Transform Tomorrow

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.

Romans 12:2

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Transform Tomorrow

Transform Tomorrow

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Transform Tomorrow

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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Transform Tomorrow

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

xxxxTransform Tomorrow.

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.

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

Transform Tomorrow.

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Transform Tomorrow

Understand Your Child

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Transform Tomorrow

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

their son.

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