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"...I was a stranger and you welcomed me..."

Among the many good things at TCS is a strong sense of community. Following is a brief excerpt from a letter written by a dear family that joined the Trinity community just before a life-threatening accident nearly took the husband and father.

At the time of the accident our daughters had gone to Trinity only one month. Immediately members of the staff as well as parents reached out to us. We were provided help with transportation and food.We received kindness and concern from many of the staff in the offices and faculty members.An anonymous donor gave us $1000.00 toward tuition for the semester!

We commuted to [our previous school] from Clifton for 7 years before transferring to Trinity.We are very impressed and wish we would have made this decision years ago.Our prayer is that our daughters will graduate from Trinity and lead purposeful godly lives shaped by the academic and spiritual knowledge they are being provided on a daily basis.

Posted by admission on Thursday February 5
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Kindergarten Readiness


Many parents eagerly anticipate the day a child enters kindergarten and begins his formal education. Public schools and most private schools use a birthday cut off to determine when a child should start kindergarten. The Commonwealth of Virginia, with a birthday cut off of September 30, is among the latest dates and therefore has some of the youngest children in kindergarten. However, not all children develop at the same rate. When parents evaluate whether their child is ready for kindergarten they often consider traditional markers such as knowing the alphabet or having expressed interest in learning how to read. But kindergarten readiness is not limited to indicators such as phonemic and math awareness. There are six developmental areas in which your child will need to demonstrate readiness in order to be prepared to enjoy and succeed in kindergarten. We encourage you to consider the following areas of readiness as you evaluate whether your little one is ready to start kindergarten.

Does your child demonstrate these skills consistently, occasionally, or not yet?

 Gross Motor

  • Walks forward on a straight line
  • Walks backward on a straight line
  • Jumps on two feet, with both feet leaving the ground at the same time
  • Hops on one foot
  • Kicks a stationary ball straight for ten feet
  • Throws a ball with accuracy for ten feet
  • Skips

Fine Motor

  • Places multiple large beads on a string
  • Correctly uses scissors to cut a straight line
  • Uses the proper grip to hold a pencil or crayon
  • Correctly draws a circle and square

Expressive and Receptive Language

  • Speaks in complete sentences most of the time
  • Responds appropriately to basic questions such as, “What is your favorite color?”
  • Understands positional words such as up, down, beside, near, far
  • Follows one-step directions without needing directions repeated
  • Follows multi-step directions without needing directions repeated

Letter/Phonemic Awareness and Print Knowledge

  • Names all the letters in his/her first name
  • Names most upper case letters when shown in a random order
  • Names most lower case letters when shown in a random order
  • Can produce some of the sounds for corresponding letters
  • Is able to supply words that begin with the same sound as a given word
  • Attempts to write letters in his/her own name
  • Demonstrates book awareness such as cover and back of the book, left to right order, words are read from top to bottom
  • Identifies two words that rhyme when given picture cards
  • Uses symbols or drawings to express ideas

Visual Discrimination/Math Awareness

  • Identifies colors by name
  • Identifies shapes by name
  • Identifies differences between similar pictures
  • Classifies objects by physical features (shape, color, size)
  • Identifies basic patterns in a sequence
  • Matches two like pictures in a set of five pictures
  • Counts number of objects in a small group (up to five, up to ten, etc.)
  • Arranges numerals in order 1-5
  • Counts in sequence 1-10
  • Demonstrates an understanding of “adding to” and “taking away” using up to five objects

Social/Emotional Development

  • Separates from parents without getting upset
  • Interacts comfortably with peers without adult intervention
  • Stays focused until a task is completed
  • Perseveres on difficult tasks without getting frustrated
  • Demonstrates independence in personal care (washing hands, dressing, bathroom use)
  • Shows empathy towards others’ feelings



Posted by admission on Tuesday November 19, 2013
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