Mission & Philosophy

Logan and Chiara

“The ultimate aim of Jesuit education is . . . that full growth of the person which leads to action—action, especially, that is suffused with the spirit and presence of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Man-for-Others. This goal of action, based on sound understanding and enlivened by contemplation, urges students to self-discipline and initiative, to integrity and accuracy.”

Ignatian Pedagogy, A Practical Approach 
International Commission on the Apostolate of Jesuit Education, 1989

Mission Statement

Holy Trinity School, a ministry of Holy Trinity Church,  is a Catholic, co-educational elementary school (PreK-8) that is committed to the Jesuit traditions of educational excellence, the service of faith and the promotion of justice. Our community–school, parish and families–seeks to develop students who will manifest these traditions in an awareness of self, a love of learning and a desire to serve others. We prepare our students to act with initiative and integrity and to engage the world as a place in which God can be found in all things.

Strategic Goals

In order to achieve its mission, Holy Trinity School is dedicated to four areas of strategic focus:

Jesuit Identity

As a ministry of Holy Trinity Parish, Holy Trinity School is specifically focused on educating students within the tenets of Jesuit tradition and Ignatian spirituality.  These traditions include academic excellence, critical thinking, a bias for action, introspection and a presupposition of goodness in others.  The HTS student expects to discover God in all things, to know God better and to love God and others more fully.  Holy Trinity School emphasizes Ignatian Spirituality and Jesuit traditions in its curriculum, activities and policies and in its expectations of students, faculty and administrators.

Academic Excellence

In keeping with the Jesuit concern for the total formation of each student as an individual personally loved by God, Holy Trinity School offers a distinguished educational program that focuses on the education and development of the whole child: intellectual, emotional, physical, moral, social, spiritual, liturgical and sacramental. The faculty and staff at Holy Trinity seek to understand and value the talents, abilities and needs of all students.  They strive to develop each individual student’s full potential and to foster the highest levels of excellence for all students. Content and instruction are differentiated to ensure that each student is challenged according to his or her individual abilities.  With this approach, every student is granted the opportunity to succeed.  This commitment to support a range of academic abilities among our students is a key aspect of Holy Trinity’s mission and a unique point of difference for our school.


Community is an essential part of the Holy Trinity School experience and Holy Trinity Parish life.  Holy Trinity School encourages and sustains a vigorous and welcoming school community of parents, students and teachers with strong ties to the parish and broader Washington Jesuit community.  Holy Trinity desires all members of our extended community to be involved with the school, to feel welcome at school events, appreciated for their contributions and to feel a sense of pride in the accomplishments of HTS graduates.


Holy Trinity School has successfully operated for nearly two centuries with the dedication of talented teachers and staff and the enthusiastic support of parents, parishioners and the Jesuit community. As the school looks to celebrate its bicentennial anniversary in 2018, Holy Trinity is committed to meeting new challenges and building upon its past success.