Frequently Asked Questions
How do I notify the school of my child's absence?
There are two ways to notify the school of your child's absence:
Call: 815-577-9310 x 62
Whichever way you choose to contact us, please provide the following specific information:
- First and last name of the child (please spell for clarification)
- The child's grade
- The child's homeroom teacher
- Date of absence
- Reason for absence
What faith do you teach?
Our school is inter-denominational. We are not affiliated with any denomination or organization. We use the Bible as our basis of truth. There are over 60 different churches represented by our school families.
How long has Trinity Christian School been in existence?
Our school opened in 1993 and moved to our current location in 2004.
What are the hours of a typical school day?
Our full-day kindergarten through eighth grade school hours are from 8:30 a.m. - 3:10 p.m. Our half-day kindergarten hours are from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Is hot lunch available?
Yes, we offer students milk and hot lunch. You can find more information here. There is an additional cost for this program.
Is Before and After School Care available?
Our B.A.S.K. (Before and After School Kids) program is available to families beginning at 6:30 a.m. before school, and after school until 6:00 p.m. There is an additional cost for this program.
How does drop-off and pick-up work?
There is a drop-off line that begins at 8:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the Front (South) Entrance. Parents stay inside their vehicles. We have morning greeters to assist students getting out of their cars and into the building. Dismissal begins at 3:15 p.m. The pick-up line procedure is similar to drop-off but occurs in two locations. Kindergarten through fourth grade students along with any older siblings & carpoolers are picked up at the Front (South) Entrance. Students in fifth through eighth grade without siblings in K-4th are picked up at the MPR doors (North Building). Trinity staff members will walk students to their vehicles.
What school safety protocols have been implemented?
All staff have taken safety training with local law enforcement and participate regularly in safety drills. Our school building and grounds are monitored by 24-hour video surveillance. All staff and volunteers are required to submit to a background check. All visitors are required to buzz in to the building, check in at the office and wear a visitor badge at all times.
Are your teachers state-certified?
Yes. Even though we are a private school and are not required to hire state-certified teachers, we wish to maintain a standard of excellence; therefore, we only hire state-certified teachers. Additionally, all of our teachers are Christian believers who have shared their testimony and attend church on a weekly basis.
What is your average class size?
The average classroom size is 17. The kindergarten classes have an aide.
Do you conduct standardized testing?
Once per year, students in 1st-8th grade participate in the national standardized Iowa Assessment. We also use the IOWA Flex, an adaptive progress-monitoring program, three times a year to ensure that students are making gains toward mastery of the state academic standards. Trinity students have consistently demonstrated academic skills in the above-average to excellent range, and consistently score in the top one-third nationally for all subjects.
How do you differentiate for individual learning?
Trinity teachers are able to meet the various needs of learners through the use of guided groups and centers in the classroom. Our use of adaptive online programs allows students to work towards mastery of standards while working at their current ability level. Trinity also offers extra learning support through our Resource Coordinator.
Where do students go for high school?
A large number of Trinity students attend public high school after graduation. We also have students attend local Catholic and Christian private high schools. The majority of Trinity graduates are placed in honors-level classes and perform at high-achieving levels. We are very proud of our reputation with the local high schools. We receive wonderful feedback that Trinity students are known for excellence in their academics, their work ethic, their behavior and their social engagement. That is a testament to our school, but even more so to our Trinity families.
Why do you have a family interview as part of the admission process?
Our faith in God is foundational to our mission here at TCS. It is important that Trinity families agree with the tenets outlined in our Statement of Belief. We believe that God has called the family, church, and school to work together to nurture and grow the faith of the child. The interview allows us an opportunity to discuss how an education at Trinity Christian School will support your child academically and spiritually.
What is the purpose of the pastoral recommendation form?
Trinity recognizes that child's faith is greatly impacted and affirmed by the family, church and home. For this reason, we ask that families submit a pastoral letter confirming their church attendance. If you are new to your church or are currently seeking a church home, we are happy to discuss that with you.
Do you have an anti-bullying policy?
Trinity Christian School's standard of behavior dictates that bullying is not tolerated in our school. Students are instructed with God's standard for how to treat other people. John 15:12 says, "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." Using Jesus as the model of behavior, teachers actively and consistently teach positive behavior and anti-bullying messages, dissuading aggressive, harassing, or any other type of bullying behavior. Please refer to the Parent Student Handbook for more details on our bullying and cyberbullying policy.
Do your students wear uniforms?
Yes, our students wear uniforms. The uniform consists of a red, white, or light blue polo shirt with navy blue pants, shorts, or skirt. Items can be purchased at retail stores. We also have a uniform closet with gently-used uniform items that are available to families at no cost. For more information on the dress code, please see the Parent Student Handbook.
Still have questions?
Feel free to contact us at 815-577-9310!