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.
Trinity 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 approach.
Students also participate in athletics, the arts, as well as social and cultural enrichment. They are able to explore the
Greater Hartford area as a coordinated part of their educational experience by taking field trips during the school year.