Welcome to Middle School

Welcome to a snapshot of what is happening at Trinity in the Middle School. This is just a snapshot because all of our students are growing on an ever-changing continuum toward the life prepared for them in God's kingdom. Paul writes in Ephesians 2:10 that each of us is "God's masterwork created in Christ Jesus to do great works which He has prepared in advance for us." At Trinity, we take this to heart. This leads us to love, challenge and nurture each of our students on their path.

At Trinity, you will also see a complex blend of learning. Since each student is created to do different great works in Christ, how they learn best can be very different. With our expert faculty and our top notch facilities, Trinity students are exposed to a variety of learning opportunities.

Starting in the 6th grade, our students participate in the 1 to 1 computing program established in 2010. These 6th graders join a program that has been recognized as one of only 86 schools to be marked as an "Apple Distinguished School." But, this is just one phase of how we are "challenging minds and changing lives" at Trinity.

From the study of a classical language like Latin to the "flipped classroom" in Math our middle school students are prepared to learn and contribute in the 21st Century. Likewise, Trinity Middle School students can engage in a robust selection of activities from highly competitive athletics in the AHSAA to the highly decorated marching band program to academic teams like forensics, Envirobowl, and foreign language honor societies.

When considering Trinity and the potential for your child it is important to ask one question, "do we have a growth mindset?" If you want your child to be both loved and challenged in a manner that prepares them not just for the rigors of college, but for a life of learning according to God's plan, Trinity is the place to do it.


Middle School @ Trinity

Trinity’s Middle School includes grades six, seven, and eight and focuses on the transition from lower school to secondary school as well as from childhood to young adulthood. Our middle school students work on developing disciplined methods of study, organizational skills, and increased personal responsibility. The school year consists of four nine-week grading periods, comprising two semesters. Students attend seven class periods daily, each of which is filled with required course work. Core curriculum is supplemented with specialized instruction in the fine arts, French, Spanish and Latin.

Curriculum

English

Trinity has had a tradition of producing top level writers and interpreters of literature based on ERB and ACT scores. The preparation for this expertise starts in Middle School English courses. English courses concentrate on the integration of literature, composition, grammar, and interpretive skills. Students study selected literary works, including novels, short stories, and poetry. Composition emphasizes the succession of refined paragraph development to the full essay. Vocabulary study is incorporated into the curriculum. Faculty also develop student ability to write in the different modes that will be required in future careers.  

Mathemetics

Trinity’s mathematics classes are vertically aligned and offer differentiated tracks based on the students demonstrated ability and proclivity for advanced understanding starting in the eighth grade. Sixth grade math classes feature a review of all whole number operations, a study of decimal operations, an in-depth look at fraction operations as well as integers. The seventh grade Foundations of Algebra class provides a connection from general math to Algebra, similar to a traditional Pre-Algebra course, though the most advanced students may start Algebra in the 7th grade. Students study arithmetic concepts involving whole numbers, integers, fractions, and decimals, as well as introductory Algebraic concepts. By eighth grade, students fully dive into Algebra.  Students needing more time building to Algebra take the Transition to Algebra class.  Faculty and administration spend a great deal of time and offer extensive guidance in these academic placements to foster success in future math courses.

Science

Earth Science: In sixth grade, students study overall structure of Earth as well as the component parts including rocks and minerals. Processes that occur within Earth including the rock cycle, earthquakes, and volcanoes are covered. In concert with the sixth grade Geography course, sixth grade Science students explore world climate as well as outer space (stars and galaxies). Accentuating these studies is a full week of Space Camp training and three day stay at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Life Science: In seventh grade, students study the characteristics of living things. Life science includes the study of classification, cell structure and function, the human body, and a survey of organisms ranging from bacteria to mammals. Students are given opportunities to use the scientific method as well as direct observation and study to solve problems and gain understanding of life on Earth. This encourages the development of critical thinking and analytical skills in students.

Integrated Science: In eighth grade, students begin to master science skills and improve their higher level reasoning abilities. Science skills include such things as experimental design, laboratory equipment and its usage, and data interpretation. There will be an emphasis placed on higher-level reasoning and problem solving by integrating areas of science, such as chemistry and physics, as students improve these skills.

Social Studies

In sixth grade Geography, students will increase their knowledge about the physical nature of the world and about the relationships between people and their environments. The seventh grade Civics and Economics course examines the roles citizens play in the political, governmental, and economic systems in the United States. The eighth grade United States History course covers events and issues from the Age of Exploration through Reconstruction, emphasizing the 18th and 19th centuries.

Foreign Language

Middle School Foreign Language is a one-semester eighth grade survey course of French and Spanish. The student previews each language that is taught in Upper School.

Electives

Trinity has a full arts program with opportunities in the visual, performance, and media-based arts.  Trinity offers a full-time dance program comprised of Levels I-V, including classical ballet, modern, and jazz. Trinity also offers a superior, multi-faceted band program that provides a variety of musical and performance opportunities, including the award-winning Wildcat Pride Marching Band, the Band Lab, and the Concert Band. In the area of Visual Arts, students develop art appreciation in an imaginative studio environment through hands-on experiences. Students also learn how to leverage technology in design through an innovative partnership in the Arts and Computer Science programs. Choir students prepare a number of performances and specialize in the performance of sacred pieces.  Ultimately, the goal in these areas is to teach students to be critically aware of their environments.  Trinity’s robust elective offerings in addition to the aforementioned include: Public Speaking, Computer Science, Coding, and Design Thinking.

Christian Studies

Christian Studies 6 focuses on Christ. Students will study Christ as He is revealed in the Old Testament, His life in the New Testament, and how historical evidence validates the claims about Christ in both the Old and the New Testament. This course will use both the Bible as well as Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Christ,” as students examine how Jesus’ life and teachings relate to their own. Students in this course also learn keyboarding skills as they move into a 1:1 computing environment. In Christian Studies 7, students focus on the Old Testament, using the Bible as the main text. The primary goal of this course is to see God’s unfolding revelation of Himself and His plan of salvation as told to us in the Old Testament. Students will continue to gain a familiarity with the Old Testament, the different genres that are used in writing the Old Testament, and increase their understanding of how to properly read the Old Testament. Students in this course will also be challenged to discover what it means to walk with God personally. Christian Studies 8 focuses on the advancement of God’s kingdom through the establishment of His Church. Church History will be explored, beginning with the book of Acts and Paul’s letters continuing to the present day universal church. Students will explore how the Cannon of Scripture was established, important doctrines of Protestantism and denominational differences. Students’ personal role in Christ’s church will be determined.

Physical Education

Physical Education in Middle School is a course designed to aid the student in meeting the physical, emotional, and social demands of living. This program is carried out with particular emphasis on participation and attainment of knowledge in a variety of activities, including individual and team sports and fitness activities.

Field Trips

The sixth grade experience is accentuated by a class trip to Space Camp in the spring semester. In the seventh grade, students learn inside and outside of the classroom about the U.S. government and about our culture. Trips include visits to The Rosa Parks Museum, full grade-level participation in The YMCA Youth in Government program, and other opportunities. As a culmination of their U.S. History course, students in eighth grade travel to Washington D.C. for a full week of historical, academic, social, and cultural experiences highlighted by such opportunities as visits to the U.S. Naval Academy, Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon, professional athletic events, college campus visits, Smithsonian museums, The Holocaust Museum, and other venues.