We believe that confident readers are confident students in other subjects. Therefore, we devote considerable classroom time in grades 6-8 to thorough instruction in reading, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar. The uplifting content of the reading material also reinforces Trinity Academy’s commitment to moral excellence and character formation. Emphasis is placed on classic authors and works in a steadily more challenging sequence ranging from the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia (in the intermediate grades) to Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (in grade 8).
At Trinity Academy, we want our students to become confident, independent readers who have discovered for themselves that reading is worthwhile and enjoyable. A complete list of our Classic Reading Curriculum is available from the Development Office, and supplementary reading lists are also available.
Writing and Speech
Writing occupies an important place in the curriculum from grade 6 to 8. As students’ writing matures, attention is given to principles of organization and development of ideas. In grade 7, students attempt a variety of expository forms, while in grade 8 persuasive writing is introduced.
Love of poetry and the ability to recite poetry well are also fostered throughout the school. Oral recitation by students at all levels is a regular component of school assemblies and presentations. Knowledge of rhetorical forms is further strengthened in competitive forensic activities. Students gain self-confidence, articulation and poise on our state ranked Middle School Forensics Team. It is not unusual to hear a student recite entire narrative poems, such as Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, from memory, with personality and aplomb!
Throughout our intermediate grades a solid understanding of mathematical concepts is stressed. In grades 4-6, students master three-digit multiplication and long division, fractions and decimals, along with geometrical concepts of plain figures, perimeter, area and volume. Pre-algebra and pre-geometry are the focus of the grade 7 program, and students who demonstrate aptitude are offered a full algebra course in grade 8.
Throughout the curriculum, instruction is given in life science, physical science, and earth science. Courses at the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade levels prepare students for the detailed study which will constitute the biology, chemistry, and physics courses in high school. In all aspects of science, students come to appreciate the magnificence and infinite variety of God’s handiwork, and man’s scientific progress is seen in the context of his responsibility to God’s laws.
History and Geography
In increasingly sophisticated course work, students learn of the influence of ancient civilization and how Greece and Rome and the subsequent European civilizations form the heritage from which America developed. Students study our nation’s history from its founding to the present day. Beyond the rote memorization of facts, names, and dates, the curriculum emphasizes the significance of historical events and students also read biographies, primary documents, and historical fiction.
Catechism instruction, the study of the faith, and an appreciation of frequent use of the sacraments permeates our Middle School curriculum. The catechetical program is supplemented by readings from Scripture and the lives of the saints. A love of the Blessed Mother permeates the school, and devotions to her are fostered.
The Eucharistic Chapel of the Holy Spirit is available to students for Adoration and private prayer. All-school Mass on Fridays is followed by a dedicated time for each class to pray with their teacher in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit before the Blessed Sacrament.