Trinity Academy’s innovative classical approach to learning impacts everything we do. From the content we teach, to the methods we use to impart that content, and the philosophical beliefs that underpin both of those choices, Trinity’s distinctly classical, Christian environment is unlike any other school in the area.

Classical educators believe that students ought to be exposed to truth, goodness, and beauty. By focusing on the themes of great books that have stood the test of time, or on the beauty, structure and order found in math, and of course, the wonder and awe in the field of science, Trinity’s Upper School faculty create environments designed to shape students’ minds, hearts, and souls to desire what is true, what is good, and what is beautiful.

Trinity still believes that a liberal arts education is the best form of education. And while this idea is often challenged in today’s present educational climate, we remain just as interested in who our students will become as we are in what they will do. To this end, Upper School students take classes in Ethics, Logic, Rhetoric, and the History of Ideas, just to name a few. Combine that with expert teaching in science, math, modern language, humanities, and fine arts, and your child will be fully prepared to enter even the most highly esteemed academic institutions of higher learning.

The Upper School’s academic climate may be classified as rigorous but it is balanced by a vibrant social atmosphere. Classes are small enough to create lasting friendships, yet big enough to take part in House Systems at each grade level promoting friendly competition and reward. Whether playing on a sports team or delighting audiences in drama and/or choir performances, there is plenty of time for fun. Faculty truly get to know students and often develop lifelong, mentor relationships that extend far beyond the classroom. It is not uncommon for many of our Upper School faculty members to receive a text from a former student with a question about a college class, or even a question about something much bigger as it pertains to young adult life. These relationships fostered in an environment of Christian care and nurture are truly a unique, Trinity distinctive.

Trinity’s Upper School wants to partner with you as you seek to impart all the knowledge, life skills, and preparation your child will need for college and beyond. Come visit our campus, speak with the College Counseling office, and learn more about all Trinity has to offer.

Upper School Program Distinctive’s

In order to discern what is true, students must first be taught the skills necessary to pinpoint valid arguments and fallacies. While at Trinity, students take two courses in Logic designed to strengthen sound reasoning and provide a foundation for Rhetoric.
It’s not enough to know the truth; we must possess the skills to present the truth in a confident, winsome manner that draws people into the truth. Students take two courses in Rhetoric to hone the skills needed to defend or persuade others. As a capstone to their Trinity education, seniors present a senior thesis based on a year of research and writing. An audience of faculty advisors and the student body look on and then pose spontaneous questions for the senior to defend. Rhetoric is a practical life skill no matter your vocation, and one our students consistently knock out of the park!
Every other week, students attend Forum. Designed to sharpen critical thinking skills and provoke meaningful dialogue, high school students are exposed to provocative, often culturally relevant, topics such as: the fairness of minimum wage, NC House Bill 2, and whether or not we can know if we are living in a computer simulation. After attending Forum, students return to class under a guided facilitator to debate these topics through the lenses of both truth and faith. Lively discussion always ensues!
Each student is required to take a Fine Arts elective every year in grades 7-12. By exposing our students to beauty through choir, drama, or art, we fulfill our mission to shape well-rounded individuals who are more fully equipped to enjoy the beauty life offers us.
Trinity believes that sports provide opportunities for more than just physical fitness, and thus participation on a sports team is required each year until the senior year. Learning to win and lose with dignity, persevering through pain and hardship, and developing a sense of team over self are just a few of the life skills students can acquire through team sports. Please visit our athletics page for more specifics.
Student body leadership is provided through a prefect system under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Overall leadership is provided by the Head Prefect. Serving alongside him/her are the Spirit Prefect, Spiritual Life Prefect, Student Ambassador Prefect, Student Life Prefect and Service Prefect. Student leaders work to create experiences for the entire student body that often result in fun, but always meaningful, events and projects.
Designed to draw students and faculty together into close relationships with each other and Christ, our school has adopted a British-style House System. In this system, grade levels and genders are mixed under faculty supervision, and leadership, friendly competition, and service are cultivated. The by-products of positive peer pressure and authentic mentorship also take place.

Upper School Curriculum

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