Like most parents, you may have questions when choosing the school for your child(ren). This Q&A provides answers to common questions asked at Trinity Lutheran School (TLS). Please contact our principal, school office, or visit our website if you have more questions.
Q: What is Trinity Lutheran School’s purpose?
A: The purpose of Trinity Lutheran School has, and always will be, to pass on a complete 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. For this to take place requires teaching and training in three areas of each student’s life, namely: MIND, BODY and SPIRIT.
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, computer technology, art, music, band and choir.
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 the enrollment, the average class size changes. The maximum class size is 23 students for grades K-4 and 25 students for grades 5-8.
Q: Will my child receive a good 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) 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. Also, Trinity students transferring into our local high 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 here.
Q: How about transportation?
A: District 15, as required by law, provides transportation for our students in grades K-8 to and from school.
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 25 station computer lab, library, and worship sanctuary. TLS also has the latest technology such as “Neo” computers, smart boards, projectors, document cameras, Kindle tablets and Chrome books.
Q: Does TLS have a before and after school program?
A: Yes, our Latchkey is our before and after school program offering a safe and caring environment for our students. Before school care is provided starting at 6:00 A.M. and after school care is from 2:15-6:00 PM.
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 transported from District 15 and served daily by parent volunteers. Milk tickets are also available for students who eat cold lunch.
Q: What are the school hours?
A: The school day starts at 7:40 a.m. and ends at 2:15 p.m.