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Curriculum

Our curriculum is defined, yet flexible. Students can choose a path that allows them to experience all aspects of a liberal arts education or focus in a certain area. With 29 Advanced Placement courses (AP), 58 Honors courses, and 29 Malone Schools Online Network (MSON) courses, the possibilities are endless. Students have opportunities to travel the world and participate in internships, introducing them to the outside world. But that world also comes to our students through visiting authors, musicians, and leadership speakers who are invited to campus. When a Trinity Prep student graduates, he or she is prepared for the challenges of college, with skills that are relevant and necessary in every field.

We provide unique experiences, including robotics classes, young adult literature courses and clubs, experiential education class field trips, and independent study projects. Our large campus borders a nature preserve that allows for hands-on environmental science, reaching beyond the traditional laboratory experience. We strive to provide a cross-curricular education whenever possible, allowing students to build bridges between subjects as diverse as science and English.


Trinity Prep's academics are the ideal blend of tradition and innovation."
Patrick Mulloy, director of curriculum

Academic Departments

Computer Science

The goal of the department is to develop the most current skills in computer programming, web design, film, multimedia, and robotics. All Trinity Prep students are required to complete a half credit in computer science. Our assortment of programming courses allow students to follow a sequence to maintain competency with current computer trends. Using professional programs such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Sound Recorder, Director, and FinalCut Pro X provides a foundation for artistically-oriented students. Students with an interest in robotics can compete locally and on the state level with FLL (Mindstorm) Robotics in the middle school and FRC (First Robotics) in the upper school. Electrical, mechanical, and practical engineers meet with the FRC class to discuss real world applications. Students also participate in a yearly challenge which is presented to NASA, using AutoDesk software in the initial design phase.

English

English courses help students grow as readers, writers, and thinkers. By asking probing questions and encouraging students to do the same, teachers deepen students’ understanding of literature, writing, and themselves. Engaging class discussions and challenging assignments help them become more flexible and critical thinkers. Students learn the importance of viewing the world through different lenses while honing their ability to form, refine, and defend their own perspectives. Careful attention to the craft of writing throughout the curriculum teaches students to express themselves clearly, creatively, and convincingly.

Fine Arts

The Fine Arts Department believes that everyone has a fundamental and insatiable urge to create. In order to guide the student to a full expression of that urge, we offer opportunities for exploration of the fine arts disciplines and their potential to communicate the truth of the human spirit. Through ongoing study and application of their craft, students begin to hone their artistic skills and elevate their capacity for creative expression. Due to the diversity of disciplines within the Fine Arts Department, students are urged to consult with the instructors of the courses they are considering. Many courses require the instructor's permission.

Mathematics

Trinity Prep's mathematics program aims to provide students, with abilities ranging from average to gifted, with the quantitative, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving skills necessary for success in college and in the real world. The courses offered range from Math 6 through AP Calculus BC. Students who complete the latter before their senior year may take an independent study of selected topics or a MSON course. Tracking begins with Math 7, and every effort is made to place students appropriately so that they may experience success in their classes. The criteria used to place students include prior records, standardized test scores, and/or placement exams as well as teacher recommendations. Honors courses are recommended for students whose strength is in mathematics and who can work independently on more challenging problems.

Our middle school curriculum is accelerated so that students in grade eight take Algebra I/Honors Algebra I. Students must take three years of mathematics in the upper school to meet graduation requirements; four years of math in the upper school are recommended and sought by highly selective colleges.

Physical Education

Trinity Prep's physical education program is based on the standards developed by the National Association of Sports and Physical Education (NASPE) and is separated by gender. Daily PE is required for students in sixth and seventh grades. Students in eighth and ninth grades participate daily in PE for one semester.

Life Management Skills is offered as a semester course in the eighth grade. Students learn to become health-literate, to maintain and improve health, to prevent disease, and to reduce health-related risk behaviors. Upper school students who have not yet received credit for this course can take it during the fall or spring semester or in summer school.

Science

To be an informed citizen today, one must understand the language, attitudes, and methods of science. The science department strives to develop scientific literacy by giving students a thorough understanding of scientific principles. A successful science student develops an inquiring mind, makes accurate and critical observations, recognizes the unexpected, demonstrates willingness to reject old ideas and to accept new ones when sufficient data warrant, resists the tendency to make generalizations on the basis of insufficient data, and learns the techniques of scientific writing. Laboratory work is central to every course; it is this experimentation which distinguishes science from other disciplines.

Social Science

The vision of the social science department is to develop well-educated people who share a body of knowledge, understand common cultural references, preserve a set of values, acknowledge the role of religion and ethics, and are prepared to participate with confidence in the dynamics of political, economic, and social groups. Middle school students are required to complete a three-year sequence: Geography and World Cultures, U.S. History, and Civics. Four and a half credits of social science are required in the upper school.

World Languages

Trinity Prep offers language classes in French, Latin, and Spanish. The minimum foreign language requirement for graduation is two consecutive years of one language during upper school. While students start a language as early as sixth grade, they must continue through 10th grade to fulfill that requirement. Students who change or add a second language are required to take a minimum of two years of the new language. Three consecutive years of one language are recommended; the most competitive colleges prefer four years. Very strong language students could graduate with sequential language study through five or six years and AP courses in two languages.

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