Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the enrollment process?
A: The enrollment process is explained under Enrollment Information.
Q: What are the costs? (tuition, fees, etc.)
A: Tuition and fees are described under Enrollment Information.
Q: How do parents access their student’s information (grades, homework, etc.)?
A: Trinity offers parents (and students) a web portal called ThinkWave, which gives access to homework assignments (posted by teachers), grades, and other pertinent information. Once your student is enrolled, you will be provided with login information at the required Parent Orientation Night in August. If enrolling mid-year we will set you up after admission is complete.
Q: What sports do you have?
A: Co-ed soccer, and boys and girls basketball.
Q: What time does school start/end?
A: School starts promptly at 8:00 AM and ends at 2:45 PM. We suggest you arrive 10 minutes before school starts to ensure your child has enough time to visit their locker/coat hook.
Q: Do you offer a hot lunch program?
A: Yes we do, and we send home a hot lunch calendar each month with the menu. It costs $3.00 per child for 1st-8th grade, and $4.00 per high school student. The high schoolers get a larger portion size.
Q: Is there before/after school care?
A: There is currently no official before or after school program, however, families that require an early drop off or late pick up can discuss their needs with the School Office and teacher-supervised care (1st - 12th grades) can be established. The available hours: Before is 7:30 - 8:00 AM. After is 2:45 - 5:00. There is a fee for after school care.
Q: What fine arts (music, art, etc.) do you offer?
A: We incorporate music in many of our school programs and student chapels. Hand chimes, choral works, and other musical ensembles play a valuable role in worship and learning. Piano lessons are offered on-site for elementary through high school, and some of our students take private lessons on other instruments as well. Art class is a regular part of the elementary program. The students explore a variety of artists and their styles, as well as different artistic medium. We also compete annually in the NEACS Fine Arts Competition in March.
Q: What math curriculum does Trinity use?
A: Trinity uses math curriculum from BJU Press.
Q: What science curriculum does Trinity use?
A: The science curriculum is from BJU Press. Anatomy & Physiology is taught from a textbook by Apologia.
Q: What is the average student/teacher ratio?
A: This varies by grade and class, but the average is 9:1.
Q: Do you work with local public schools for matters associated with special education?
A: Yes. We utilize testing through Child Find at Williston School District for students we identify as having special needs. Some services may be available to students who are identified with special needs.
Q: Do you participate in NECAP testing or any other standardized tests?
A: Yes. Trinity administers the Iowa Achievement Test yearly, and the Cognitive Abilities Test every other year.
Q: Does Trinity have any educational institution or professional affiliations?
A: Yes. Trinity is affiliated with the American Association of Christian Schools.
Q: Do we have to attend Trinity Baptist Church?
A: No. Our expectation is faithful attendance in your local church.
Q: Does Trinity use technology in the classroom?
A: Yes. Trinity has a computer lab with PCs where students can participate in technology classes, take typing instruction, and access the internet for research purposes in a supervised environment. We incorporate technology into other classes through data projectors in several classrooms and an interactive whiteboard (SmartBoard) in one classroom. Students also have periodic supervised use of iPads. Trinity also offers dual enrollment online classes through Maranatha Baptist University.
Q: Is there a school uniform? Can we order online?
A: Kindergarten students do not have a uniform or specific dress code, but are encouraged to dress in modest, comfortable clothes suitable for play and learning. Modesty is our overwhelming principle governing our dress requirements.
From page 17 in the Student Handbook:
We believe that a neat, modest, and careful appearance demonstrates our identification with Christ and reinforces our testimony; it exemplifies a sensitivity to Christ’s claim upon our lives. Therefore, it is necessary for the Christian school to maintain proper standards. Students are expected to avoid types of clothing that particularly identify with the world. The administrator reserves the authority to determine compliance with any dress standard. Students dressed inappropriately may be required to change or be dismissed from classes until the violation is corrected. All students are required to meet the school dress code for school and school events unless otherwise specified. Sneakers are allowed to be worn by spectators at athletic contests. Students may be sent home for non-compliance and demerits may be assessed. No outdoor clothing is to be worn during the day except when traversing between the buildings or going outside at recess. We require a specific dress uniform to be worn at performances such as (Fine Arts), Awards Night, and concerts. This uniform can be purchased through our school's personalized Lands’ End site. Trinity will provide a red tie and a red scarf for each student.