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Our Academic Program

As stated in the TCS mission, the school provides an education that is three-pronged: biblically-based, academically excellent, and classical.

Trinity Christian School meets or exceeds the scholastic requirements of the New Jersey Department of Education, but always within the context of its own Christian and classical goals and presuppositions. For complete details on the scope, sequence, and requirements of a TCS education, please refer to our Elementary and Secondary Curriculum Guides.

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  • Biblically-Based

    All truth is God’s truth- that thought undergirds everything that we do and teach at TCS.  The Bible and what it teaches about God, man, and the world must be the starting place for every subject if we are going to properly instruct students.  To this end, not only are Bible classes taught in each grade, but each subject is taught within the context of a Christian worldview.
    Elementary- Basic Bible doctrine, Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Shorter Catechism
    Secondary- Ethics, Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, Church History, Worldviews
  • Academically Excellent

    Academic excellence is lost in much of modern education.  Rather than being pushed to excel and do their best, students are allowed to just get by with bare minimum effort.  At Trinity, we believe that students ought to be pushed to do their very best to the glory of God. Subjects taught do not just cover the minimum requirements, but seek to push students to excel, to think, and to better understand the world that God has given them to live in.  Under God’s blessing, they build skills and gain knowledge that will be useful throughout their lives.
  • Classical

    A classical education seeks to teach students how to learn and how to think. It capitalizes on the inherent skills children possess at different phases of their lives. Students begin by learning basic skills and memorizing facts in the earliest grades to create a solid foundation; education continues into the logic stage as students are taught to think using logical and well-formulated arguments; in the final stage- the rhetoric stage- students learn how to express and present their thoughts and opinions in a clear and organized way.

    An Introduction to Classical Education: A Guide for Parents

Elementary Program Overview

The elementary program at TCS seeks to give students a solid foundation in basic knowledge and skills across subject matter, so that they have a healthy bank of information to pull from as they progress into the next levels of their education. Bible, English grammar, Literature and Reading, Writing, Math, Science, History, and Latin are all covered at a basic level in the elementary grades.

Additional classes in fine art, music, chorus, and physical education round out the elementary curriculum.

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  • Bible

    The elementary Bible program seeks to ground students in their knowledge of the narratives and teachings of Scripture, as well as helping them to understand basic Bible doctrine.  Students will survey through the Bible twice before spending a year focused on doctrines taught in the Shorter Catechism. Students also gather for chapel once every week.
    • Kindergarten: Basic Bible doctrine
    • 1st-2nd grades: OT overview
    • 3rd grade: NT overview
    • 4th grade: OT survey
    • 5th grade: NT survey
    • 6th grade: Basic Bible Doctrine from Shorter Catechism
  • Grammar and Writing

    The Shurley Method is used in grades 1-4 to help students understand the basics of English grammar.  In the 5th and 6th grades, Bob Jones curriculum helps students transition into every day grammar usage.  Writing is a crucial skill for students to learn. Students progress from writing simple sentences at the youngest ages to writing complete paragraphs, essays, and reports as they progress through the elementary grades.
  • Literature/Reading

    The elementary reading and literature program is undergoing a gradual reconstruction as we seek to adopt a more classical method for teaching these subjects.  The new program has units that focus on character traits that we want to encourage our students to emulate. Within these units are works of literature that have stood the test of time and cover various genres. 
  • Math

    Kindergarten through 4th grades use the ABeka math program, while 5th and 6th grades work with Saxon Math as they prepare to enter more intense secondary math classes.
  • Science

    Based off of the Bob Jones curriculum, students are led through studies in life and earth science throughout their elementary years. Throughout their studies, God’s glory and majesty are highlighted as they are introduced to all of the wonders of His creation.
  • History

    By the time students finish 4th grade, they will have covered Ancient History and the Middle Ages through modern American history; they complete their elementary history studies with world geography at the 5th and 6th grade levels.  
    • Kindergarten: Introduction to the United States, Holidays, and General Patriotic Knowledge
    • 1st grade: Introduction to the United States- Geography, Patriotic Symbols, and Famous Americans 
    • 2nd grade: Ancient History (Egypt, Greece, & Rome) & the Middle Ages
    • 3rd grade: US History 1
    • 4th grade: US History 2
    • 5th grade: Geography: Western Hemisphere
    • 6th grade: Geography: Eastern Hemisphere
  • Latin

    The Latin for Children series is used in 3rd through 6th grades.  In 6th grade, students begin a second cycle of Latin study using the The Latin Road to English Grammar which continues into their 7th-8th grade years.

Secondary Curriculum & Program Overview

Because "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge," (Proverbs 1:7), Trinity Christian School emphasizes the necessity of a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ as fundamental to the educational process. On this foundation, we labor with parents to nurture growth of moral character through faithful instruction in the light of God's Word. We strive for academic excellence and proper development of social and physical skills through a curriculum in which each subject is presented from a distinctively biblical perspective. Our goal is to teach the students to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ for the formulation of a God-centered worldview.

The Bible is taught as a regular subject at each grade. Daily prayer and singing, along with weekly chapel are also encouragements to spiritual growth. Christian education, however, is not merely the inclusion of Bible instruction along with otherwise "regular" subject matter. The faculty at TCS labors to bring the Bible as a reference point to each subject of study in the curriculum. To this Christian worldview of curriculum, TCS applies a classical pedagogical paradigm.

What does classical education look like? A core liberal arts program is required of all students at the secondary level. While the courses are standard high school subjects, they embody a rigorous academic and Christian emphasis. With the inclusion of studies in logic and rhetoric, students are prepared to think and communicate with skill and accuracy. Culminating studies in Bible and Western thought provide students with a cohesive apologetic for the secular world in which we live. While a fully operational computer room is available for students to do research and complete assignments, computer study is limited to the acquisition of word-processing skills. Vocal and instrumental music, art and physical education are offered weekly at this level.

Extra-curricular athletics -- soccer, basketball, baseball, and track & field -- provide students with opportunities to balance their academic endeavor with wholesome physical activity. Chorus and instrumental ensemble encourage students to cultivate their musical talents. Other activities, such as service club, yearbook, teacher's aide and website management, also provide for the development of skills and interests at the secondary level.


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  • 2019

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  • College Acceptance

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    University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (M.D. program)
    Valparaiso University School of Law
    Villanova University School of Law
    Witherspoon Fellowship


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