TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL

A ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church

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Trinity Lutheran School is an extension of the home, existing to:
  • Supplement the parents, not take the place of them
  • Aid parents, not to oppose them
  • Strengthen parent/child ties, not to weaken or destroy them
           
Trinity Lutheran School employs a classical education method of teaching which strives for:    
  • Christian content
  • Academic content
  • Behavioral discipline
  • Direct instruction and methods

Organization
Trinity Lutheran School is an educational mission of Trinity Lutheran Church, LC-MS, with the congregation as the final authority for the school's management and maintenance.         

  • Administrator is the authority and is responsible to the elected Board of Education
  • School established in 1991 with preschool through 8th grade
  • Multi-grade classrooms in grades 1 through 8
  • Small classes
  • Trinity Lutheran School admits students of any race, color, or national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, athletic and other school administered programs.
Curriculum
Trinity follows a long tradition of Lutheran Schools who provide excellence in education. 

Since the fall of 2000, our school began the transition into a Classical approach to education which strives for academic excellence, behavioral discipline, Christian content, and direct instruction methodologies.  Classical Education is based on the understanding that children develop intellectually in different ways at different ages of their life.  Therefore, the child’s education should correspond to the different stages of the child’s intellectual development.  All subjects are taught using a variety of textbooks and methods, but teachers strive to teach everything from a Christian viewpoint.  Christian textbooks will be used when appropriate.

“Classical education goes against the grain of much contemporary culture.  It makes pampered children work hard.  It forces the television generation to read.  Teachers will have to convince students that the good, the true, and the beautiful have more value than the glittering prizes of pop culture and the easy answers of relativism.  And yet wherever classical education has been tried, students have learned to think broadly, deeply and creatively.  They have learned to live up to their responsibilities and to recognize the possibility of greatness within themselves.”  (Dr. Gene E. Veith, Jr.,  Classical Education, Towards the Revival of American Schooling)

The most foundational time in a child’s education is called the grammar (knowledge) stage (preschool through 5th grade).  The child’s intellectual development is at a stage where they have the ability to remember large amounts of information.  In the grammar stage, the facts of each subject are taught, repeated, and recited by the child so that they may  be committed to memory and used all their lives. The next stage is the logic (understanding) stage (6th through 8th grade).  At this age level, children usually begin to question everything they have learned.  Therefore, the educational approach is dialogue between the student and the teacher so that the student may develop their critical thinking skills. Children who have been instructed in the grammar and logic of the basic subjects begin high school with a precise ability to reason and to desire to express themselves.  The high school level is called the rhetoric (creativity) stage. For further and indepth understanding of Classical Education, we recommend these books: Wisdom and Eloquence by Littlejohn & Evans, The Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer, The Educated Child by William Bennett.

            Areas of Instruction include:                 
  • Mathematics (Saxon method)
  • Language arts, including Shurley grammar and the Spalding method of phonics for writing and reading
  • Latin beginning in 3rd grade
  • Science
  • History/Geography 
  • Religion
  • Weekly classes in computers, music, art, and physical education 
  • Logic     
 Worship
The children participate in daily devotions and weekly chapel services. In addition to worshiping God, the children learn respect for God's house, develop positive worship attitudes, and learn hymns and forms of worship.
 
 Staffing
Qualifications of teachers   
Trinity Lutheran School requires all of its teachers to be certified by the State of Wyoming and/or rostered by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  It is the policy of Trinity that all full-time teachers have a Lutheran Teachers Diploma (or are working towards such certification). The theological training helps teachers integrate their Christian faith in the teaching of academic subjects. In such instances where an LC-MS certified or rostered teacher is not available, the vacant position will be filled with the most suitable replacement until an LC-MS certified or rostered teacher can be secured. All non-degreed teachers are required to maintain a current Wyoming State Substitute Teacher’s Certificate and will be supervised by a rostered teacher.

Hot Lunch Program
Hot lunches are available daily at St. Margaret's School one block away.
 
 Transportation
Bus service is provided to students in Kindergarten through the 8th grade through School District #25.  Students may also take advantage of services offered by the Riverton Senior Citizen Transportation by calling 856-3546.
 
Registration
Registration begins in the spring of each year. Contact Susan Tucker or Phyllis Zenk at the school at 307-857-5710.
 
Tuition Fees
Call the school at 307-857-5710 to ask about current  fees.  
 
Dress Code 
Click on this link for dress code information:   Uniform Dress Code Policy
 
School Hours
Late August to Late May
 
7:40 A.M. --    Faculty Devotions

7:45 A.M. --    Doors open

8:00 A.M. --    K-8 classes begin

8:00 A.M. --    Morning Preschool classes begin

11:00 A.M. --  Morning Preschool classes dismiss

12:30 P.M. --  Afternoon Preschool classes begin

3:15 P.M. --    Afternoon Preschool classes dismiss

3:00 P.M. --    Grades K-8 dismiss

3:10 P.M. --    All students should be picked up