Trinity Christian Upper School endeavors to educate students to the glory of God. Our understanding of all things, including all things pertaining to education, is shaped by Christian truth rooted in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Therefore, to acquire an education, the student must first be able to view all things from a Christian perspective, i.e., to “think God’s thoughts after Him” (Augustine), bringing “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (II Cor. 10:5).
Therefore, the faculty and administration work together to build a foundation of teaching and learning built upon the Scriptures. It is on this foundation that we understand and present all subject matter. Christianity is an entire system of thought. It is our worldview, our “lens” through which we see, understand, and interpret reality.
Trinity Christian Upper School educates young adults who have progressed from learning and comprehending facts, and reasoning out relationships between these facts, to helping students develop skills in wise, effective expression and application of the facts and their relationships. The students begin to synthesize what they have learned and are encouraged to creatively express and make practical use of it.
Developmentally, young adults are:
- concerned with present events, especially those in their own lives
- desiring to express their feelings, their own ideas
- interested in justice and fairness
- moving toward special interest and topics
- able to take on responsibility and more independent work
- able to do synthesis
- generally idealistic
Our teaching methods in the upper school, therefore, include oral presentations, drama, papers, speeches, debates, worldview discussion, and guided research in major areas with the goal of synthesizing ideas (leading to the composition and defense of the senior thesis).
Finally, our pedagogy is centered around the three objectives of Trinity Christian School, viz. knowledge, character, and service.
It is the true knowledge from God that is the foundation of true character and the means by which we are able to serve God and others and thereby glorify God as He has revealed Himself to us.
"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness." (2 Peter 1:3)