Academics

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Holy Trinity School provides a distinguished academic program that focuses on the education of the whole child:  intellectual, emotional, physical, moral, spiritual, liturgical, and sacramental.  Holy Trinity promotes the joy of active, student-centered learning with creative and critical thinking through an encouraging and nurturing environment.  Students are challenged but offered the individualized support necessary for them to excel in ways that match their own unique development.  Holy Trinity takes an integrated approach to learning; applying students’ skills and building upon their knowledge in a variety of settings.  Core subjects taught in the classroom — Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science — are thoughtfully complemented through art, library, music, physical education, religious education, Spanish, and technology.   Individualized attention for students is made possible through Holy Trinty’s low student-to teacher ratio.

Holy Trinity School follows the standards-based curriculum of the Archdiocese of Washington DC.  The Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Washington DC, rooted in Gospel Values and the teaching mission of the Church, are learning communities of faith and service dedicated to educational equity and excellence for all students.  To access downloadable copies of the curriculum standards by grade for Holy Trinity School, please visit the Curriculum & ADW Standards page.  This link will also lead you to specific HTS curriculum guidelines by grade and subject.

Holy Trinity School is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.  In addition, HTS holds membership in the following organizations:

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
  • National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)

Homework

The purpose of homework is to extend the learning and thinking, to provide opportunities for independent work, and to strengthen concept and skill development.  Homework is assigned regularly at HTS.  Students have the responsibility of obtaining assignments, completing them in an acceptable manner, and turning them in on time.  Students in the Lower School are gradually introduced to these concepts as their abilities to accept the responsibility develops.  Parents can assist by ensuring that the child has a regular, quiet time and place to study.  Parents are asked to instill in their child(ren) a sense of responsibility for completing assignments well and for showing their parents all returned tests and papers.  Early in the school year, teachers will provide information about homework for that grade level (e.g., approximately how much will be assigned each night, whether it will be assigned on weekends, whether any particular materials or books are needed, whether parents should go over the homework with the children, etc.)