Frequently Asked Questions

Logistics

What are Trinity's school hours?

School hours are 8:10 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. Morning carpool begins at 7:40 a.m. and afternoon carpool begins at 3:20 p.m.

Does Trinity offer an extended day program ?

TCS offers an extended day beginning at 7:00 a.m. and continuing after school until 6:00 p.m. for students in all grades on a daily or hourly basis.

Do Trinity students wear uniforms?

On most days TCS students wear uniforms. Uniforms help to create positive learning environments by removing distractions in classrooms and creating a common ground. Students are able to focus on academics rather than what they and others are wearing. Wearing uniforms allows students to get ready for school quickly, helping to streamline morning routines. Uniforms also help the family budget and remove the pressure students perceive to wear the latest clothing trends to school. The uniform exchange is open to anyone and all items in the exchange are available free of charge. The last Friday of the month that school is in session, students may wear modest casual dress. Occasionally, a non-uniform day is announced by way of reward or for a special occasion. 

Does Trinity offer transportation to and from campus?

TCS does not offer transportation but actively promotes carpooling by helping parents to use our zip code directory to arrange carpools.

Finances

Does Trinity offer financial aid?

Trinity offers Variable Tuition, a need-based financial aid structure, which aims to match tuition to a family’s financial situation.

Do I need to apply for variable tuition each year?

Yes, variable tuition applications are submitted annually.

Does Trinity offer tuition payment plans?

Three payment plans are available to students enrolled prior to the start of the school year. Payment plans allow for one, two, or eleven equal payments.

What is the New Family Facility Fee?

We require new families to submit this one-time payment of $750 upon signing the Enrollment Agreement. Over the years, many families have built our school through their extraordinary investment of time and resources. When you join Trinity Christian School, you reap the benefits of sacrificial investments of those who have gone before you. The New Family Facility Fee is an expression of your commitment to sustain these investments.

Non-Traditional Students

Does Trinity accept part-time students?

We admit part-time students in Grades 7-12. Following an amended admission process, part-time students may enroll in up to three courses.

Does Trinity accept international students?

Yes, TCS is authorized to issue I-20's.

Does Trinity offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)?

Yes, Trinity does offer ESOL classes. A student with need for ESOL support should first be assessed through the Fairfax County Public School system. If the student is on a WiDA level 3 or above, you are encouraged to apply.

Does Trinity accommodate IEPs?

Learning differences formally diagnosed through psycho-educational testing may qualify a student for an accommodation plan at Trinity. The Learning Center requires that testing is no older than three years when the student starts school at TCS. Not all learning differences can be accommodated.

Does Trinity accommodate students with learning disabilities?

Trinity Christian School educates children of varying academic abilities. TCS is not equipped to meet the needs of children with below average academic abilities, significant diagnosed learning differences, or emotional disturbances. Each student is evaluated on an individual basis.

Admission Process

Do we have to be Christians for our children to attend Trinity?

Yes, at least one parent needs to be a committed Christian, and students applying to the Upper School are expected to be able to give a credible profession of faith as well.

Is an admission interview required?

All prospective parents interview with the headmaster. During the peak season, there may be a few weeks between the receipt of the application and the interview. Students applying for Grades 7-12 will interview with the division principal.

When and how are admission decisions communicated?

TCS offers a rolling admission cycle. When the application and all supporting documents have been received, the student has been assessed, and interviews are completed, the admission committee reviews the file and renders a decision. Offers of acceptance and decline letters are sent via email and / or USPS mail. To preserve the integrity of the admission process it is School policy not to state reasons for a decline.

What is provisional acceptance?

If a student’s school records or admission data indicate an academic or behavioral problem, Trinity may offer admission on a provisional basis, with conditions specified for continuing enrollment. The conditions of provisional acceptance are designed to help a student make up for weaknesses or gaps in previous learning, or to give the student an opportunity to demonstrate positive maturing and acceptable performance.

The provision is evaluated at the midpoint of the first semester and again at the end of the first semester. If a student has not made satisfactory progress, alternative plans will be addressed, including but not limited to the dismissal of the student from Trinity Christian School. Any special conditions for admission will be explained to parents carefully and provided in writing. We desire all children admitted to have maximum opportunity for success in our school program.

How do we add our child's name to the wait pool?

When an applicant successfully completes the application process for a particular grade and a seat is not available, the applicant will be given the option of remaining in a wait pool. Qualified students from the wait pool fill seats as they become available.

If a seat does not become available before the start of the school year, the wait pool remains active until the end of the first semester for mid-year entrance. At that time, a parent may choose to remove the child’s name from the wait pool or convert the child's admission status to the coming year’s applicant pool with priority status. Each applicant will then be asked to update information, retest at the current grade level, and provide a current report card and recent standardized test scores.