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.
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 Fee is an expression of your commitment to sustain these investments.
Yes, Trinity does offer ESOL support. 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.
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 Trinity. Not all learning differences can be accommodated. Space is limited for students with accommodations.
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.
We are a discipleship model Christian school, which means we partner only with Christian families who are actively involved in their church community and are pursuing a life of faith in their households. The church recommendation, student interview (for applicants to grades 7-12), student-free response (for applicants to grades 7-12), and parent interview are important parts of the admission process.
Parents should read Trinity’s Foundational Principles and affirm their understanding and support for Trinity educating their child in accordance with this statement.
At least one parent must be a committed Christian and be involved in their local church.
Upper School applicants are expected to share a statement of Christian faith and express interest in spiritual growth.
All prospective parents interview with the Head of School or another top administrator. 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 one of our Upper School principals.
All admission decisions are communicated via email. To preserve the integrity of the admission process it is school policy not to state reasons for a decline. Please see the Admission Process page for details on decision dates.
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.
When an applicant successfully completes Steps 1 - 3 of the admission process for a particular grade and a seat is not available, the applicant will be considered for a spot on the waitlist. Qualified students from the waitlist fill seats as they become available.
If a seat does not become available before the start of the school year, the waitlist 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 waitlist or convert the child's admission status to the coming year’s applicant pool. Each applicant will then be asked to update information, retest at the current grade level, provide a current report card and recent standardized test scores, and pay a $50 application rollover fee.