Academics

Academic Overview

For over 95 years Holy Trinity Catholic School has set the foundation for learning, and truly has become a place “where a lifetime of learning begins.” Holy Trinity follows the Diocese of Dallas Curriculum for instruction of all classes in Grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8. This standards-based curriculum establishes a continuum for learning with expected outcomes at each grade level. Holy Trinity students not only learn the core subjects, but also enjoy Spanish, Physical Education, Art, Music, and Computer classes. All of our students have the advantage of state of the art technology in every classroom including the Mimio Student Interactive White Board and Response System and web based interactive educational tools. In 1963 Holy Trinity was the first Catholic elementary school in the Diocese to become accredited.  Today Holy Trinity remains fully accredited through the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department.

Early Childhood

Holy Trinity Catholic School offers young children a complete early childhood learning opportunity that fully prepares them for the expectations and requirements of elementary school. Our classes are tailored for the needs of three, four, and five year old children and offer a balance of academic, religious, and social experiences. Our Pre-Kinder and Kindergarten classes are full-day classes that follow the guidelines in the Diocese of Dallas curriculum and the standards established by the TCCED.

Elementary

Holy Trinity elementary school focuses on developing the whole child. Students in grades 1 through 5 learn values and skills which enable them to build from one grade level to another. Technology is incorporated into the content area of all subjects. Students focus on critical thinking, problem-solving, and cooperative learning skills all designed to equip them for the 21st century.

Middle School

Middle School students at Holy Trinity prepare for the academic standards needed for high school. In addition to curriculum-based learning, students are trained to handle themselves in an appropriate manner in dealing with adults. Eighth grade students also take coursework in public speaking. Additional tutoring is offered to 8th graders as preparation for the ISEE exam, mandatory for application to all Catholic high schools.

 

Conferences

Parent-teacher Conferences are scheduled twice each year. The first conference is mandatory and follows the issue of First Quarter Report Cards. During this time parents and teachers examine the progress made and key in on recommendations to help the student’s learning. A second conference is scheduled by the teachers in the Spring, following the third grading period. These conferences are generally reserved to cover areas of academic concern. Parents may also request a conference at any time. They may email the teacher directly or call the school office.

Guidelines for Homework

Homework is a means of reviewing and reinforcing the lessons taught in school. Through this practice, students improve their skills and broaden their knowledge. The following are recommended guidelines, by grade, for the amount of time spent on homework per night.

Grade 1           20 minutes
Grade 2           30 minutes
Grade 3           40 minutes
Grade 4           50 minutes
Grade 5           60 minutes
Grade 6           1 to 2 hours
Grade 7           1 to 2 hours
Grade 8           1 to 2 hours

Grades On-line

Parents may access their child’s grades online by visiting www.renweb.com. First-time users will need to follow special instructions using their email addresses. Teachers update RenWeb several times each week.

Report Cards and Progress Reports

Holy Trinity’s school year is divided into four quarters. Report cards are issued in Grades 1-8 following the close of each quarter. Early Childhood students receive Report Cards after the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters. Progress Reports go home midway between quarters, indicating the student’s progress at that point in time.

Achievement Tests

Students in grades K-8 take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the Cognitive Abilities Test. These tests are administered in the Fall.

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