English and Language Arts
The TCS Secondary English Language Arts Department seeks to develop individuals who are effective communicators, both verbal and written, by studying the conventions of the English language, developing an extensive vocabulary, and mastering the various modes of writing. The literature program provides quality literary pieces that promote intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth in a student’s life through the study of prose, poetry, and novel selections. By studying a variety of authors and their works, students learn to appreciate well-written literature and to understand, through fiction and non-fiction characters, the truth that man is free to make moral choices that have real and eternal consequences. This Christian approach to literature leads the student to a greater knowledge of the creation and to a greater reverence for the Creator. Grammar, spelling and vocabulary studies, emphasized throughout each year, are also key components of each student’s language development.
Trinity Christian School High School mathematics program has been designed to offer students the opportunity to develop and maintain a high level of understanding of mathematical concepts and applications. Biblical principles are integrated into our curriculum to emphasize that God is a God of order and precision, and that He is unchangeable, dependable, and infinite. The characteristics and nature of God are mirrored in mathematics at every level of instruction. Because we were created in His image, God has given us the wisdom to solve complex problems. Based on these truths, our mathematics classes are designed to encourage students to have expectations of success at the highest attainable level based on their individual ability. Each course is planned with a systemic flow from the introduction of concepts, to a layering of additional concepts and applications to, finally, higher levels of understanding and success.
Middle School Bible
As preparation for our high school Bible curriculum, our middle school Bible classes include a year of Bible doctrines and a year of Biblical worldview instruction. The doctrines class is taught in a question and answer format and is designed to give students an understanding of basic Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology, Angelology, Soteriology, and Bibliology. In response to the eighty “Prove It” questions asked of students, they respond with an answer and a memorized Scripture that “proves”, or supports, the doctrines being studied.
Our year of Biblical worldview studies in junior high is taught with Summit Ministries’ Lightbearers curriculum. Using text, video, and projects, students learn to apply their Christian faith to every discipline of life including theology, philosophy, ethics, biology, sociology, psychology, law, politics, economics and history. Real world issues including abortion, moral relativism, homosexuality, naturalism and socialism are just a few of the topics addressed.
The primary goal of our Secondary Bible department is to graduate students who are prepared to live out a Christ honoring life from a biblical worldview perspective. With this in mind, we use a comprehensive program that includes biblical studies (teaching through books of the Bible verse by verse, such as the Gospel of John and Romans), worldview studies (belief systems such as Islam, Secular Humanism, Postmodernism, Marxism, New Age, as well as the Biblical Christian worldview), and apologetic studies (learning to defend the Christian faith). Our students’ faith in God and the Bible as His inspired Word will be challenged in college, the workplace, and in our culture. In preparation to meet this challenge, we examine the evidence for God’s existence and why we can be confident that the Bible is His inspired revelation to us. We learn to view every area of this world through the lens of Scripture in order to see what is really true, right, moral, and good. We answer the skeptics’ questions, take on the direct attacks of atheistic unbelief, and reveal the lies and false philosophies of this world. We learn what we believe, why we believe it, and why it is important. We trust God and His Word, surrender completely to the Lordship of Christ, and dedicate ourselves to following Him for life.
“For though we live in the body, we do not wage war in an unspiritual way, since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
History becomes an exciting subject when students view it through the lens of God’s sovereignty, and when they can see evidence of His hand on societies in an up close and personal way. We strive for our students to think critically about historical events, making their own evaluations of causes and effects. Discovering and analyzing the issues, people, forces and movements in past cultures and paralleling them with modern society encourages students to interact with their world in a more responsible manner. As future voters, we want our students to approach current political and social issues as informed, Biblically motivated citizens, in order to precipitate change and inspire others in their sphere of influence to do the same.
For the sciences in High School, we echo the words of the psalmist who declared: “The works of the Lord are great, studied by all who have pleasure in them.” (Psalm 111:2) As we realize the pleasures we have in what God has given and created, we have the responsibility to study, manage (Genesis2:15), and use His creation for our benefit (Genesis 1:28). Our studies in the physical and biological sciences help us to realize the breadth of God’s glory in all of His creation (Revelation 4:11), and that we can see His fingerprints on the smallest of subatomic particles to the largest of galaxies (Psalm 8:3). Our students will learn about His glory in His creation through rigorous, standards-based studies, engaging activities, and inquiry-based, hands-on laboratory activities. Our students who graduate from TCS will have participated in a science program that will put them a step ahead of others as they enter into collegiate classes. Furthermore, not only will they be advanced in their understanding of scientific concepts, but they will also be securely tethered to a biblical foundation of truth that will keep them from being tossed to and fro in ever-changing landscapes of worldly philosophies (Ephesians 4:14).
As image bearers of God, man was created to create beauty for His glory. The objective of Art at TCS is to explore various art methods in order to reproduce the student’s personal expression of various subjects that are found in God’s creation – man’s world. Recognizing that we are all unique creations of the Creator, our goal is for students to discover their God-given gift of creativity and to develop that gift in a way that brings honor to Him. Students PreK-12th have access to art classes. The semester class begins with pencil drawing exercises, including sketching, perspective, shading and texture exercises, and moves to working with color using oil pastels, which is the precursor to painting on canvas with acrylic paints. Each student’s progress through the semester is exciting evidence of the discovery or development of their unique, creative abilities.
Similarly, we desire our students to worship God through music. The goal of our music instruction is to provide an opportunity for our students to discover their own musical gift and then to learn how to use that gift for God’s glory. PreK-5th grade students receive choral instruction at least twice a week. 6th grade students receive band instruction 5 days a week giving them opportunity to choose a preferred instrument and then learn to play. 7th-12th grade students take concert band as an elective.