Pursuing Excellence for Mind... and Heart

Any school can impart information to its students. In fact, according to many, that is the sole function of a school: to ensure that students have the comprehensive textbook knowledge and skills they need in order to get into college and eventually secure a stable career. This goal, in and of itself, is certainly not a bad one. Yet, if this is a school’s chief aim, is it shortchanging its students? Is it missing something even more vital to their success?

Students today have access to more information than ever before, right in the palms of their hands. Long gone are the days of sitting in silence, pondering what gives a sunset its electric orange hue, how the moon attains its luminosity, or how deep and wide the seemingly endless Atlantic Ocean really is. These days, any middle schooler with an iPhone could answer all three questions at the drop of a hat with a quick Google search. News outlets, too, are barraging our screens with ever-changing data from every corner of the globe every minute of the day, leaving us forever scrolling, swiping, and refreshing for some new bit of information.

Yet, while the “who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” and “how” have never been easier to answer, I can’t help but wonder who’s answering students’ “why” questions. Or, a more jarring question: are students even asking them? Who’s fostering the sense of wonder and critical thinking that our society has all but lost? In the age of information, who is taking students by the hand and shepherding their hearts? Who’s grounding them in truth?

At Trinity, we provide students with a rigorous academic program that will supply them with a robust portfolio of skills and knowledge, but we don’t stop there.

 

At this moment in history, when our families are facing a global pandemic, when political tension is dividing our nation, and when the very concept of “truth” as an objective reality has been nearly rejected, it has never been more important to carefully consider the environment in which our children’s minds are being cultivated in their formative years.

At Trinity, we provide students with a rigorous academic program that will supply them with a robust portfolio of skills and knowledge, but we don’t stop there.

Fourth Grade Girl Praying

We believe in pursuing excellence for mind—and this next part is key—and heart. This means that we’re not only interested in imparting information, but also investing in our students by praying with them, praying for them, and engaging in real discussions with them about faith, life, and truth. We walk with them in discovering and being captivated by biblical truth while providing an atmosphere in which they’re welcomed and encouraged to ask questions, form arguments, think critically, challenge, and be challenged. Our teachers form relationships with their students, caring for them not only academically, but spiritually, too, because we recognize that students are more than just their grades—they are image-bearers, each with unique gifts, struggles, and purpose.

What does this look like at Trinity? It looks like a teacher leading his students in prayer before class. It looks like a teacher noticing a child who’s struggling to get the homework done and working with the child’s parents to find a solution. It looks like a faculty member staying after school to talk with a student who is wrestling with his faith. It looks like a math teacher coming up with a creative way to test her students that is more inclusive to everyone’s learning styles. It looks like a class of second graders praying for one of their “adopted” senior students by name before her big calculus test on Wednesday. It looks like an athletic coach who teaches faith, courage, and sportsmanship in the face of adversity.

While pursuing excellence for the mind is a key tenet of Trinity’s mission, it exists in tandem with our commitment to pursue excellence for the heart. At Trinity, we believe the two are of equal importance, and that one cannot exist in its fullness without the other.

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”  Mark 8:36


About the Author

Jo Wilbur is a Communications Specialist at TCS and proud JMU grad who loves writing, shopping, and making new friends. She and her husband live in Purcellville 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


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