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The Holy Trinity Classical Christian School community is committed to teaching children to love learning as they grow in godliness alongside dedicated teachers and parents.

inquiring minds

 

Is Holy Trinity Classical Christian School a ministry of the Parish Church of St. Helena?

No. Holy Trinity Classical Christian School is an independent, private school for any family in Beaufort or the surrounding areas that desires to have their children educated in a classical Christian school.

 

Is Holy Trinity affiliated with a particular Christian denomination?

No, Holy Trinity Classical Christian School is a Christian school seeking to minister across denominational lines. We have students from over a dozen churches in the Beaufort area.

 

From what belief set will you teach?

First and foremost, we have opened Holy Trinity Christian School because we believe that God has called us to do so. We believe there is a need for a Christian school that offers a strong scholastic, classical education. The classical model served as the foundation for education in Western civilization for hundreds of years. In fact, one can scarcely find  a Founding Father of this nation who was not classically educated. Holy Trinity is part of a nationwide movement seeking to return to those great roots. We are comprised of parents, grandparents, fellow Christians, and  concerned citizens who desire to have our children taught in the classical model with a firm Christian foundation.

 

Who are the teachers at Holy Trinity and what are their qualifications?

Holy Trinity Classical Christian School employs highly qualified, knowledgeable, enthusiastic Christian teachers who demonstrate a love for God and children as well as a passion for teaching. Our teachers are committed to the implementation of the classical pedagogy as well as teaching all subjects from the Christian worldview. All of our teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree from a college or university, teaching experience, and a commitment to further instruction and growth in classical instruction. While state certification in and of itself does not necessarily ensure that a teacher is qualified to teach in a classical Christian school and is not mandatory for Holy Trinity Classical Christian School faculty, the majority of our teachers are state certified.

 

What grades will be offered in the future?

Holy Trinity Classical Christian preschool will offer classes for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds. In the grammar and upper school we will offer classes in each grade–kindergarten through ninth–with an average of 14 students per class. Just as we  have done this year, Holy Trinity plans to open an additional grade per year until we are able to offer a full pre-K through 12th grade education.

 

What if my child has not had a classical education? Will he/she be able to adjust?

The vast majority of our enrolled students have entered Holy Trinity Classical Christian School without a classical education background. While our academics are rigorous and the curriculum is demanding, we have found that with parental support our  new students are thriving at Holy Trinity and rising to higher standards.

 

Does Holy Trinity offer scholarships and tuition assistance?

Yes. From the very seedlings of Holy Trinity Classical Christian School, there has been the strong desire to help those parents who want this education for their children but cannot afford it. We encourage any family in need to apply for tuition assistance. The application process is outsourced and confidential. For more information, please contact patra culpepper.

 

What about math and science? Are these part of a classical Christian education?

In addition to a foundation in the three arts of the languages (Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric), classical education  also provides students with a firm foundation in the mathematical arts and natural sciences.  Unfortunately for many, a Christian education has become associated with a spiritually safe environment that cares little for the rigors of a challenging academic experience in the mathematics and sciences. This is a false dichotomy that Holy Trinity  Classical Christian School seeks to address and correct. To paraphrase Francis Bacon, “God has given us two books by which to know Him, the book of His Word  (the Scriptures) and the book of His World (Creation) and it is incumbent upon us to study both!”

 

Is Holy Trinity accredited and do you take any standardized tests?

A school must typically be in operation for at least 3-5 years before an accreditation process can commence.  Holy Trinity will pursue accreditation with a recognized national body at the appropriate time. In the meantime, we are Partner Members of the Classical Latin School Association. Our grammar and upper school students do take the ITBS exams annually. These nationally normed, well-established tests serve to provide valuable information on the progress of our students.

As a whole, Holy Trinity Classical Christian School has consistently ranked in the top 10% on its national test scores.

 

What extracurricular activities does Holy Trinity offer?

In addition to our outstanding music, fine arts, and athletics, Holy Trinity Classical Christian School offers several student life opportunities for students to explore their interests and gifts outside of the classroom. Holy Trinity grammar school students perform two high-quality plays per year, participate in the Heritage Hall Dance Society and physical education opportunities such as the annual Fun Run. Although Holy Trinity Classical Christian School may not have as many opportunities as more well-established schools, what we do offer students is the chance to start traditions, and become founding members of clubs that suit their interests, influencing future Mighty Lions for years to come!

 

Isn’t classical education stodgy and outdated?

As far as we know, no one who has ever left after a tour of Holy Trinity Classical Christian School walks away associating our school with stodginess or irrelevance. Rather, visitors overwhelmingly note the joy and enthusiasm inherent in our students.  As one visitor recently noted, the school is marked by a “refreshing combination of spontaneity and structure.”  Not convinced? Please schedule a visit.