Trinity Lutheran School Questions and Answers
Like most parents, you may have questions when choosing the school for your children. This Q & A provides answers to some common questions asked at Trinity Lutheran School (TLS). If you have any questions, please contact our principal or the school office.
Q: What is Trinity Lutheran School’s purpose?
A: The purpose of Trinity Lutheran School has been, and always will be, to pass on a complete Christian education to the children entrusted to us. In striving to accomplish this goal, Trinity Lutheran School desires to serve both the Church and community. Now, more than ever, we need to prepare leaders in our families, businesses, governments and churches who have the highest religious, moral, and academic standards. In partnership with the home, it is our goal here at Trinity to do exactly that.
Q: What makes Trinity Lutheran School different?
A: Trinity provides an alternative for parents who want their children educated in a warm, Christian atmosphere by caring, committed Christian teachers. As our teachers lovingly educate children, they reveal God’s handiwork in the order of creation, the complexities of mathematics, the gift of language, and the beauty of the fine arts. It is our prayer that students develop and display the Christian morals and values, and grow in their faith in Jesus as their Savior from sin.
Q: What academic subjects are offered at Trinity?
A: TLS provides academic instruction in religion, reading, writing, handwriting, phonics, grammar, spelling, math, science, social studies, physical education, Spanish or Latin, computer technology, art and music.
Q: Is the teaching staff qualified?
A: Yes, all of the teachers at Trinity are synodically trained, hold education degrees, and are licensed by the State of Minnesota.
Q: What is the average class size?
A: Depending on enrollment, the average class size changes, sometimes combining two grades into one room. The maximum class size is 18 students for Kindergarten, 23 students for grades 1-4 and 25 students for grades 5-8.
Q: Will my child receive as good an academic education at Trinity as in other schools?
A: Yes. There are slightly over 2000 Lutheran Schools in the United States. Research shows that students in Lutheran Schools achieve higher academically than most schools. Lutheran Schools (and Trinity especially) take the same achievement tests as the public system. Achievement test results for Trinity show high academic achievement. On average students test 1.5 grades higher than the national average. Trinity students transferring into local public high schools and area private schools have done very well.
Q: Does TLS offer extracurricular activities?
A: Yes, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities within the school day and after school. A list of opportunities is listed in the insert sheet. Note that a small school offers many opportunities for participation and "play time" that may be unavailable at larger schools.
Q: How about transportation?
A: Trinity sits in the heart of Independent School District 15, and we have partnered with them to provide transportation to and from school for K-8 students who live within district boundaries. Most other neighboring districts offer some variety of compensation to offset travel costs from one’s place of residence to the district border. Ask the office for a form to fill out for your district.
Q: Is TLS part of Trinity Lutheran Church?
A: Trinity Lutheran School operates as a ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church and is governed by the policies of the School Board. We believe that the Lord has given parents the responsibility for the child’s total education, and that Trinity Lutheran Church and School exist to assist families in fulfilling their God-given responsibility.
Q: Can my child(ren) attend Trinity even if we don’t go to church there?
A: Yes, students of any religious background, race, color, and nationality are admitted to the school. We do encourage students and their families to attend a church and Sunday school regularly.
Q: What type of facility does TLS have?
A: TLS provides excellent learning opportunities in an outstanding facility that includes a full size gym, a computer lab, library, and worship sanctuary. TLS also uses the latest technology such as Chrome books, smart boards, projectors, and document cameras.
Q: Does TLS have a before and after school program?
A: Yes. Kings kids is our before and after school program, which offers a safe and caring environment for our students. Before school care is provided starting at 5:45 A.M. and after school care is from 2:00-6:15 PM. We also have the Kings kids program on many non-school weekdays from 5:45 A.M. – 6:15 P.M.
Q: Does Trinity have a dress code?
A: Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade are expected to dress in a neat, clean, appropriate, and modest manner. The detailed dress code information is in the TLS handbook.
Q: Is tuition assistance available?
A: Yes. All families are eligible for a monthly payment plan. This is not a loan program, so your family does not incur any debt by using the monthly payment plan. Financial aid is available for families who need assistance to pay the yearly tuition costs. Please inquire at the school office for more information.
Q: Does TLS have a hot lunch program?
A: Yes, TLS offers a hot lunch program that is prepared and transported here by ISD15, and served daily by parent volunteers. Milk are also available for students who bring their own lunch.
Q: What are the school hours?
A: The school day starts at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 2:00 p.m.