Academics

True knowledge begins (Proverbs 1:7) and ends (Ecclesiastes 12:13) with
the fear of the Lord.

Our task is to think God’s thoughts after him and to view all facts as God-made and therefore revelatory of the mind of God. Education is an act of worship. No idea, concept, or subject matter can be fully grasped unless it is related to the God who created it (Colossians 1:16-17).

Our goal is to convey a worldview to our students that includes a biblical understanding of God, themselves, their neighbors, and the world that God has made. Such a worldview is both cohesive and integrated because it relates all knowledge to God and accepts the reality of transcendent truth fully revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Critical reasoning and effective communication (1 Peter 3:15) are essential to our students’ calling as stewards of God’s gifts and as ambassadors to the world. As salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16), their purpose is to engage the present culture by bringing understanding, preservation, and healing to the world.

This biblical worldview, the lives and devotion of our staff, the pursuit of excellence across our educational programs, and the commitment of our students all serve to create a unique environment for teaching and learning. After reviewing Trinity's academic programs in the following pages, it is the school's hope that families will gain a better understanding of how a Trinity education prepares young people to face an ever-changing world grounded in the unchanging wisdom of biblical truth.


Core subjects are taught at every grade level: Christian Studies, mathematics, history, language arts, and science.

  • Art, music, and physical education are included in every student's schedule.
  • Chapel services are conducted twice each month.
  • Field trips and special projects supplement the Lower School program.

Students have two years to prepare for the transition to the Upper School through introduction to higher-level thinking skills as well as organizational tools. Detailed course descriptions are available for review during campus tours and Open House functions, and in the Office of Admission.

Read more on the Lower School page

Trinity offers a college-preparatory curriculum. Emphasis is not only on teaching content, but also on developing lifelong learners who are adept at reading, writing, and reasoning. Advanced Placement or honors courses are offered in many departments.

Teaching methods in the Upper School incorporate oral presentations, drama, papers, speeches, debates, worldview discussion, and guided research with the goal of synthesizing ideas (leading to the composition and defense of the senior thesis).

Every student in Grades 7-12 receives an ASUS Transformer Book T100 tablet to use in classrooms and at home. A large percentage of the Upper School curriculum will be in an e-book format.

Read more on the Upper School page

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Grading Standards for Grades 1 - 12

Grading Scale

LetterRangeGPA
A93-1004.0
A-90-923.7
B+87-893.3
B83-863.0
B-80-822.7
C+77-792.3
C73-762.0
C-70-721.7
D+67-691.3
D64-661.0
F0-630

Honors/AP Weighting

Honors (+0.5)AP (+1.0)
4.55.0
4.24.7
3.84.3
3.54.0
3.23.7
2.83.3
2.53.0
2.22.7
1.82.3
1.52.0
0.00.0

Academic Schedule

Students in Grades 6 – 12 have a total of eight class periods taught on a modified block schedule. Four class periods meet on alternate days for 80 minutes each, followed by a 40-minute student seminar period. On Wednesdays, in addition to four shortened class periods, time is allotted for spiritual development. Upper School students attend chapel services and advisory group meetings.

Grade Reports

Grade reports are issued electronically at the end of each quarter. Final reports are issued one week after the last day of school.

News

Last year, a historian from the Combined Arms Command contacted Upper School History teacher Cody Phillips and asked him to submit a chapter for a publication about historical military corps operations. This month, Mr. Phillips received a copy of that book in person!

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Trinity's Varsity Swim team has been making waves since becoming one of our school's twelve competitive sports teams. This year, Varsity Swim continues to make history.

"This young team has worked hard every day all season to become an incredible force in the conference," said Coach Andy Gingrich.

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In January, TCS Senior Tim Park became the first Trinity student to ever receive an appointment to the four major U.S. military service academies. Tim applied to the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. Naval Academy. After learning of his appointment to West Point, Tim had the opportunity to share his story with several local and national news channels!
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Yesterday, Trinity's Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country teams competed and won at the Delaney Athletic Conference Championships at Burke Lake Park in Burke, Va. The boys team won their fourth straight conference championship, and sophomore Kayla Shelkey won her race with nearly a full minute's lead on the next runner.


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