The curriculum at Holy Trinity Catholic School is built around national standards, TCCB ED Catholic school requirements, comprehensive reading and writing initiatives which are horizontally and vertically aligned and enhanced by teacher creativity and instructional technology.
The Early Childhood program focus is on the development of the whole child---cognitively, spiritually, socially, emotionally, and physically. An enriching environment provides opportunities for students to discover explore and question while fostering creativity and scientific thinking. PreK-K literacy instructional practices include interactive read-alouds, shared reading, phonics, and small group differentiated instruction as well as interactive writing and independent writing. An accelerated math program, hands on activities, weekly prayer service or mass, Adoration at an age-appropriate level in our chapel, and a variety of specials classes including art, music, physical education, and library support the individual development of each child.
Solidifies the foundation begun in the early childhood program. An accelerated math program, balanced literacy approach and introduction to the 6 +1 traits of writing workshop are primary focuses. Classrooms are primarily self-contained and allow for integrated learning experiences and differentiated instruction that engages students in a variety of settings. Weekly Mass or prayer services and daily religion classes build a strong Catholic foundation. Specials classes offered are Spanish, art, music, physical education, computers and library.
The intermediate level builds on the foundation begun in the primary grades and serves to transition students to a more advanced level of learning. Some core classes, such as math, science, language arts and social studies are departmentalized. An accelerated math program, balanced literacy approach and writing program using the 6 +1 traits of writing workshop are primary focuses. Visual, auditory and kinesthetic approaches to teaching accommodate individual learning styles. Weekly Mass or prayer services and daily religion classes build a strong Catholic foundation, and service projects provide application of social justice teachings. Specials classes include Spanish, art, music, physical education, computers, and library.
The middle school level progresses students through each core subject over a course of three years. Completely departmentalized, student independence, organization and self-management are fostered. An accelerated math program, balanced literacy approach, and writing program using the 6 + 1 traits of writing workshop are integrated throughout the curriculum. Social action projects are coordinated through Catholic Charities, and each grade level has an area of primary focus where they can share their faith with others and support a community need. Specials classes include Spanish, art, music, physical education, computers, and library.
The HTCS Middle School program is designed to help students gain an edge in college preparation early in their academic careers. These courses help students prepare to take Honors, Accelerated, and Pre-AP/AP courses when they enter high school. Students develop and improve study habits necessary for succeeding in rigorous course work while exploring the world from various perspectives and assuming the responsibilities of reasoning, analyzing, and understanding for themselves. The principal, learning support coordinator, and teachers review Iowa Assessments and COGAT scores, as well as student goals, grades and classroom achievement to determine appropriate class placement and curriculum for each child. An accelerated math program is offered in the 7th grade, and parents receive the recommended math placement by mail during the summer following 6th grade.