Lower School (Grades K-4)
The Lower School curriculum is thorough, rigorous, and rooted in best practice. Quantitative reasoning, the scientific approach, and literacy skills are fostered across the curriculum. Underlying all objectives is the notion that active learning best suits the needs of our students. Students participate in exploring information, making meaning, solving problems, understanding arithmetic, increasing comprehension, and crafting ideas through practices that promote active engagement.
We believe young students learn best through active learning and positive reinforcement. That’s why we give them opportunities to explore information, make meaningful connections, and solve problems both independently and collaboratively. We prioritize academics, but we also celebrate successes and applaud perseverance. These essential skills and habits begin in Lower School, continue through Middle School, and benefit students well after their time at Trinity.
Trinity teachers are masters of their craft and know their students well. They are thoughtful and knowledgeable professionals who care deeply about both content and process. They seek to challenge, inspire, encourage, and stretch their students. They look for the "teachable moments" and capitalize on the opportunity to make deep connections and teach for understanding.
Lower School offers a hub of supportive community. A sense of belonging helps students master the social and emotional skills essential to their satisfying engagement in the world. With the support of a full-time teaching fellow in each classroom, highly trained lead teachers can create a true community of learners, one that instills lessons in empathy and compassion along with intellectual inquiry.
An integral part of our culture is faculty professional development. Trinity's educators continually research and evaluate curriculum and teaching practices in order to ensure the quality, relevance, and effectiveness of all aspects of their work with students. The faculty embraces a "growth mindset" – a willingness to work hard, take risks, learn from mistakes, and constantly seek improvement.