PLANTING THE SEEDS FOR SUCCESS

GRANTEE: Trinity Academy

Trinity Academy opened its doors to the inaugural class of students in August 2012. Housed in the educational wing of Trinity Episcopal Church, Trinity Academy serves students in grades one through four from the Asylum Hill neighborhood and the surrounding communities. It offers a tuition-free, intensive 10-hour day (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and 11-month schedule to maximize achievement and increase opportunities for integrated learning, addressing the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of the whole child.

When a parent considers sending their child to a new school, they want to be reassured their child will be getting a better education in a safe and nurturing community that will offer individualized attention.

Reading and writing are the most important skills that a student needs to succeed in a learning environment. While we believe other subjects also have merit, if a student cannot read and write, learning other subjects, such as math and science, is nearly impossible.

Educators say that one “learns to read” by third grade, and afterward, the student “reads to learn.” Students must read well in order to progress in the higher grades. We test students on their reading and writing skills as they enter Trinity Academy. Our focus is to see on what aspects of reading or writing a student needs extra help with. Trinity uses what many consider the best curricula – Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project materials. We also spend more time each day building these skills than many other schools.

‚ÄčTrinity Academy uses the Responsive Classroom approach, which is geared towards improving the school climate, higher student achievement, and greater teacher effectiveness. The goal of the Responsive Classroom approach is to create a safe, joyful, and challenging learning environment for every child. The Responsive Classroom premise is that the social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum because children learn best through social interaction. Morning Meeting, positive teacher language, and a positive approach to student discipline are just a few distinctive features of the Responsive Classroom.