What is the cost of attending TPS? For details of fees, tuition, and additional services offered, please see our Admissions link. For any additional questions, please contact Matt Williams at trinitypreparatoryschoolnj.com.
How may families apply for admission? Trinity Preparatory School is now open for online application. Please go to this same Tuition link, and click on the blue words (Apply online now) at the top of the page in order to apply.
Where will Trinity Preparatory School be located? We are located at The Church in Acts at 1801 S. Burnt Mill Road in Voorhees, NJ 08043.
Who is the Headmaster of Trinity Preparatory School? Matt Williams is the Headmaster of Trinity Preparatory School. He has served in school administration as Headmaster of a hybrid model school in the Columbus, Ohio area for three years, and as the Dean of Students and an Upper School Teacher at Stratford Classical Christian Academy for the 2014-2015 school year.
Does Trinity Preparatory School have a School Board? The current leadership structure of the school is re-ferred to as The Steering Committee. Learn more about them at www.trinitypreparatoryschoolnj.com/steering-committee.html.
What is Classical Christian Education? Classical Christian Education uses formative methods and content that develop students into disciples of Christ. In terms of method, age-specific strategies are employed that teach with the grain of a child's developmental stages towards a love of learning and a growth in godliness. According-ly, the Trivium represents three stages of development:
(1) Grammar Stage (K-4th grade students love to memorize, and to learn a subject's rules and facts through songs, chants, and recitations);
(2) Logic Stage (5-8th grade students begin to learn how to think and reason well; here they learn about how facts and ideas relate to each other, and they love to argue their point of view); and
(3) Rhetoric Stage (9-12th grade students love to learn about how they may best articulate what they have learned and are learning).
In terms of content, Classical Christian Education places a strong emphasis upon the study of (1) language (English, Latin, Greek, etc.) and writing; (2) logic and rhetoric; (3) the integrated study of the Bible, history, and classical literature; (4) math and science; (5) music and art; and (6) physical exercise and athletics.
Why does Trinity Preparatory School, and others, study classical literature? We are committed to the study of history and literature through the study of primary source materials. In studying the roots of our own Western Civilization, it is necessary to study the ancient Mesopotamian and Egyptian civilizations, Greco-Roman civiliza-tion, the rise of Christianity, the fall of the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the Romantic period, and the period of modernity and postmodernity in order to best understand the place of our own Judeo-Christian heritage within it and to understand it at the present moment.
It addition to the importance of studying primary source materials, we believe that God is the giver of natural gifts to man and that there is much that we can learn through the study of the great thinkers, writers, and artists. More specifically, we believe that the greatest literary works of even non-Christian writers provide us with the opportunity to engage these ideas and to better understand what God says is good (and evil), beautiful (and ugly), and true (as well as false), thus through reading them developing and affirming a Christian worldview.
If my child(ren) have not attended a Classical Christian school previously, would they be able to make the necessary adjustments in order to succeed at TPS? In most instances, the transition is successful. As long as students are performing on grade level and well in their previous work, they are able to make any necessary ad-justments rather quickly and to settle into them within the first month or two. Our faculty will work with students to make this transition as smooth as possible.
Why does Trinity Preparatory School appeal to homeschooling families? Trinity Preparatory School appeals to homeschooling families (1) because of its values--its three-day structure of formal class days preserves the priorities of family time and the closer involvement of parents in their children's education; (2) because of its flexibility--the idea of a university schedule for grades 5th-12th allows families the possibility to enroll in either select individual courses, or for the full spectrum of course offerings; and (3) because of its quality and cost--it offers a pleasantly rigorous classical education that fosters independent learning at a cost for families that is far more accessible than other educational options.
Why does Trinity Preparatory School appeal to traditional school families? Trinity Preparatory School ap- peals to traditional school families by providing the option of an additional two days (Tuesdays and Thursdays) of oversight for those who need it due to parents' work schedules. Tutorial days will be staffed by TPS faculty who are highly competent and highly interested in preserving the goals of quality structure and learning on these days. For traditional school families, the hybrid model offers Classical Christian education for about 1/2 the cost of most other Christian schools.
What math curriculum will you be using? We will be using Singapore Math for grades K-8th, and the best texts we can determine for each of the 9-12th grade courses.
Why have you decided to use Singapore Math? We have decided to use Singapore Math because of the em-phasis it places upon learning math so that students better learn the tools of mathematical learning and problem solving. This coincides more fully with classical pedagogy and its emphases upon the Trivium learning strategies. Periodic review drills will supplement this material.
What science curriculum will you be using? We will be using Christian Schools International Science (K-4), Apologia Science (5-8th), and Novare Science (9-12th).
Why have you decided to use each of these? We have decided to use each of these for their age-appropriate strengths of teaching science from a biblical Christian worldview, respecting the grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages of learning. In grades 9-12th, we will utilize the best science curriculum available based upon Christian presuppositions, and we will interact, engage, and challenge the prevailing assumptions of scientism in modern secular thought.
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