Five Unexpected Things to Expect When You "Go Gryphon"

1. You’ll make friends outside your grade.

At Trinity, grade levels do not act as barriers to friendships, as they do at many schools. We actively support cross-grade connections through our culture, the Senior Adoption Program, peer mentorship program, sports, clubs, and extracurricular activities. We encourage these relationships and believe they are beneficial to everyone: younger students learn from older students, and older students are blessed with an opportunity to lead and impart wisdom to younger students. So get ready to step out of your comfort zone (and your grade) to make lasting connections with fellow Gryphons!

2. You’ll make friends with teachers.

While our teachers expertly instruct course curricula, their purpose doesn’t stop there. Trinity’s aim is to pursue excellence for mind and heart. This means that our faculty members strive to know and love their students as children of God, hold them to a high standard both academically and spiritually, and walk alongside them as they explore and deepen their faith. They are not merely academics, but also mentors, friends, and brothers and sisters in Christ. At Trinity, your teachers are in your corner.

3. You'll learn how to think (not just what to think).

When you “Go Gryphon,” you’ll notice that your coursework will often involve asking questions, thinking critically, and discussing and examining key concepts. This is because we strive to enable students to think independently, develop and articulate arguments, and form well-reasoned opinions. Instead of simply memorizing facts and formulas, Trinity’s students are also instilled with the ability to think well. You will see that we take seriously our aim to "pursue excellence for our minds.”

4. You’ll learn about God in every class (not just in Christian Studies classes).

Unlike many other schools, Trinity acknowledges and integrates Biblical truth in every classroom and every subject. We believe that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” (Proverbs 9:10).  So, whether you are exploring the majesty and wonder of God’s natural creation in biology class, mirroring the ultimate Creator in art class, or using your voice for worship in chorus, God is inseparable from the Trinity classroom. In a recent blog post entitled "Where is Reality," Head of School Dr. Vanderpoel wrote that “Christian schools seek to ground students in the real world, owned and made by God, before sending them out to engage the denizens of artificial worlds.” In other words, without a knowledge of our Maker, our ability to understand ourselves and the world around us would be greatly stifled. Therefore, he is at the heart of all that we do and teach at Trinity.

5. You’ll be part of something so much bigger than yourself.

When you “Go Gryphon,” you are not merely attending a new school. You are joining a community of believers (classmates, teachers, staff, parents, and families), all of whom long to see you grow in your education and your faith. If you are studying for a big test, people are praying for you. If you are mourning a loss, counselors, friends, and teachers are there to talk to you. If you are celebrating a victory, we are all cheering for you. When you enroll at Trinity, you are gaining more than a seat in a class; you are gaining a family. We couldn’t be more excited for you!


About the Author

Jo Wilbur is a Marketing and Communications Specialist at TCS and proud JMU grad who loves writing, shopping, and making new friends. She and her husband live in Paeonian Springs and spend time together cooking plant-based meals, singing worship songs, and volunteering as Young Life leaders in their community.

About Trinity Christian School

Pursuing Excellence for Mind and Heart

K-12 Independent Christian School in Northern Virginia

Located just over 20 miles southwest from Washington, D.C., 10 miles south of Route 66 in Fairfax, and 10 miles west of the Capital Beltway

Educating students to the glory of God by pursuing excellence for mind and heart since 1987



A 2019 National Blue Ribbon School