Academics

Graduation Requirements

Trinity's curriculum is extremely diverse with over 100 courses including over 30 International Baccalaureate (IB) and Advanced Placement (AP) offerings and a full International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Trinity's faculty enjoy the variety provided by the elective courses as well as the challenge provided in being part of the IB World School Community.
 
Curriculum descriptions may be found by visiting individual departments. Graduation requirements include 23 credits to be earned in grades 9 -12.

The Class of 2019

List of 11 items.

  • English - (4 credits)

    Students are required to earn an English credit each year. 
  • Mathematics - (4 credits)

    Students are required to earn a mathematics credit each year. Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 are required.
  • Science - (3 credits)

    3 years of laboratory science are required.  The 9th and 10th grade required sequence of semester courses, Conceptual Physics and Scientific Research for 9s and Biology and Chemistry for 10s, earn 2 laboratory credits.
  • Social Studies - (4 credits)

    Students are required to earn a social studies credit each year. U.S. History and Government are required.
  • World Languages - (3 credits)

    All students must complete level three of a language and be engaged in language studies for at least three years.
  • Fine Arts - (1 credit)

    One year-long or two semester courses are required.
  • Religion - (1/2 credit)

    One semester course in religion is required.
  • Electives

    All courses beyond the minimum requirements for graduation are elective credits. These include year-long and semester classes which supplement and enrich the required academic program. 
  • Community Service

    Ten hours required each year. 
  • Junior Work Week

    All members of the junior class must participate in Junior Work Week, an opportunity for students to explore a career or specific job of interest. The experience culminates in a series of writing assignments (journal and “college essay”). More information about the specifics of Junior Work Week can be found at trinityes.org/juniorworkweek.
  • Physical Education/Activity Credit

    Students are required to earn two activity credits during each of their 8th, 9th and 10th grades; one activity credit during their junior and senior years. For grades 8-10, at least one of the activity credits must be earned from a Trinity team sport (non-manager), strength and conditioning, yoga or the outdoor program. For grades 11 and 12, credits can be earned from either participation in a Trinity team sport, approved Trinity group activity or from an approved off campus activityGroup activities can include drama productions (on-stage or backstage), pep band, robotics and athletic team managers. Off campus activities, such as horse-back riding, ballet, ice-skating, etc. can count for activities credits (grades 8-12) once they are approved by the Athletic Department. 

Departments and Curriculum

Notes

List of 4 items.

  • Advanced Placement (AP)

    ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) denotes courses which are part of the curriculum of the College Entrance Examination Board. They are designed to allow students to do college-level work in high school. To be admitted to AP courses, the student must have at least a B average in the pre-requisite subject, be recommended by the teacher, and have the approval of the department head. Students are expected to maintain at least a C average at the end of the first semester to remain in the program. Students are expected to take the AP exam at the end of the year. A fee applies to all students taking an AP exam.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

    International Baccalaureate (IB) is a two-year, intellectually challenging curriculum with an international focus for students in grades 11 and 12. The IB diploma candidate takes six IB tests in the following subject areas: English, social studies, world language, math, science and an elective. In addition, each student writes a 4,000-word essay and fulfills an extra-curricular and community service requirement. A valuable component of the program is a course called Theory of Knowledge, which teaches how knowledge is acquired and validated. Students enrolled in IB courses are expected to take the IB exam. A fee applies to all students taking an IB exam. For further information, contact the IB Coordinator.
  • Electives

    Electives are offered each year based on sufficient enrollment in the course.
  • Additional Information

    For additional academic information regarding grading scales, exams, progress reports, etc., please consult the Parent-Student Handbook distributed in the fall of each year.