Trinitas Christian School encourages students to be involved in clubs and extracurricular activities in order to further engage in intellectual, spiritual, and physical development.
The senior thesis project is considered the capstone of a Trinitas education; its goal is to demonstrate classical Christian thinking at its best in high school seniors. During the fourth quarter of their junior year students select a topic about which to research and write. They don’t merely write a summary, but actually write an argument based on their research and then try to persuade the rest of the world to see it their way. By the beginning of senior year, students will have read hundreds of pages, narrowing their topics and staking out a position. They spend the first semester writing a paper of about fifteen pages that draws on their research and supports the thesis they have proposed. Soon after the writing process ends, seniors stand before a panel of faculty and board members to answer questions and defend their thesis as an audience of family and friends look on.
This project gives Trinitas seniors a small foretaste of the kind of academic testing they will experience at university. It also brings the fruit of a Christ-centered and classical education to bear as students draw from the tools they have acquired in the grammar, logic, and
rhetoric stages and weigh everything on the scales of Scripture. Students enter the great conversation through the senior thesis project—by no means uttering the final word, but taking the opportunity to make their own educated assertions on things that matter in the fabric of human existence.
Among the most important goals for Trinitas students are that they would reason persuasively and articulate precisely. From Junior Kindergarten through the twelfth grade, Trinitas students practice written composition and public speaking skills to help them achieve these goals. Juniors and seniors compete annually for the opportunity to represent Trinitas against other classical schools all over the nation in the John Chrysostom Oratory
Competition, hosted by the Association of Classical Christian Schools.
Each spring all students from 7 th through 12 th grades compete within their classes. The class winners and the top four juniors and seniors present their speeches to students, parents,
guests, and a panel of judges. The top speaker chosen from the juniors and seniors represents Trinitas in the national competition. To date, Trinitas students have won second
place finishes in this prestigious contest for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2018.
Based on a system often used in British boarding schools, the Trinitas League of Houses provides an opportunity for camaraderie among students across the grade levels. The League of Houses also provides opportunities to develop leadership skills as our students engage in community service projects and inter house academic, artistic, and athletic competitions. Trinitas students in grades 7 through 12 are inducted into one of four houses named after four saints of the early church: Augustine, George, Polycarp, or Valerian. Each house has two peer-elected officers - a Steward and a Scribe – as well as faculty Fellows and Deans. The competition between houses culminates each year in the awarding of the House Championship Cup.