Philosophy of Education
The mission of Trinity School is to educate students in kindergarten to grade twelve within the framework of Christian faith and conviction—teaching the classical tools of learning; providing a rich yet unhurried curriculum; and communicating truth, goodness, and beauty.
Trinity School welcomes all truth as God’s truth. This perspective promotes unfettered inquiry in which all subjects may be studied and all questions asked. At the same time, Trinity seeks to understand and adopt God's interpretation of every aspect of life, integrating all subjects in a unified perspective that is thoroughly Christian and consistent with the Scriptures. Trinity emphasizes rigorous, critical thinking as part of the discipleship of the intellect; cultivates a lifelong love of learning; and exposes students to the great conversations and traditions of Western culture as well as to other cultures.
Trinity School seeks to provide an education in goodness, one that develops the moral imagination, teaches virtuous habits, and awakens in students a vibrant love for God and neighbor. Most importantly, Trinity hopes to plant and tend the seed of faith in Jesus Christ, without which true goodness is impossible, and to shape that faith into deep spirituality and Christian character. By teaching students to practice such habits as fairness, humility, truthfulness, self-control, perseverance, courage, and compassion, Trinity prepares them for benevolent engagement with the culture at large. Such moral education is hard work, accomplished by precept and praise, but above all by example, told from history and literature, and lived by parents, teachers, and school leaders.
Trinity School nurtures an appreciation for reflections of God’s glory and beauty in nature, in the arts, in culture, and in human relationships. At Trinity both aesthetic discernment and imaginative expression are important aspects of education. Trinity exposes students to sublime expressions of beauty, cultivates the imagination, and strives to develop in every student the ability to re-express God's beauty in creative ways.
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Trinity’s Philosophy of Education
“Why Go to School?” | Chip Denton
“What are We Making?” | Chip Denton
“Fishing for Answers or Fishing for Men?” | Chip Denton
“What Good Is an Education?” | Chip Denton
“The Lost Tools of Learning” | Dorthy Sayers
“The End of Education” | Chip Denton
“Only Connect” | William Cronin
“The Purpose of Education” | Dr. Martin Luther King
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