The Lower School program carefully considers all aspects of a child's development: emotional, social, physical, and cognitive. We believe that children can best acquire a rich body of knowledge and the skills needed for future learning through a curriculum that is developmentally appropriate and that builds upon itself year by year. It is our hope that our curriculum is an expression of Trinity's mission, which is to inspire a love of learning, to build self-confidence, and to foster in our students the ability and desire to contribute to their community.
We realize that the first years of a child's academic life are crucial ones in establishing positive attitudes and dispositions toward learning. We value a young child's natural desire to learn through creation and self-expression. We strive to build upon our students' curiosity, while instilling in them a spirit of cooperation, a respect for others and for their ideas, and a satisfaction in personal intellectual growth.
Classroom instruction is complemented by weekly participation in a variety of special subject areas. These include library, science, computer, music, art/shop/ceramics, and physical education & fitness. Although these disciplines are separated for discussion in this guide, the Lower School program is planned as a whole.
Our curriculum is the result of ongoing conversations among faculty and administration. As such, it reflects our respect for Trinity's rich academic heritage, and our involvement with current educational practices and philosophical thought. It is a document that will continue to grow.