Junior High: Grades 7-8
The academic program at Trinity's Junior High serves as an effective bridge between elementary school and high school. Key to this transition is the experience of changing classes, adjusting to a variety of teachers, and balancing academic requirements and extracurricular activities.
Building on the solid foundational experience of Trinity's Elementary Program, our junior high curriculum prepares students for the rigors of our college-preparatory high school. Students study the core subjects of math, science, English, history, Bible, and foreign language. This core curriculum is enhanced with art, music, computer, physical education, health, and a weekly chapel. Guided by a passionate, qualified faculty, the junior high program consistently ties Christian faith into academic learning in a way that challenges students toward a broader worldview base on God's truth.
A variety of unique program offerings are available to complement the core junior high academic curriculum. Junior high students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular team sports, clubs, and student council. Life science comes alive for the seventh graders during an annual four-day trip to the Cape Cod National Seashore, while the eighth graders venture to Washington, D.C.
Eighth graders are also encouraged to assume positions of leadership as they progress through a curriculum designed to further develop critical thinking and study skills in preparation for high school.
Reflections from 8th Grade Students Shared at 2017 8th Grade Commencement Banquet
"Thank you Mom and Dad, Faculty, Friends, Family and Teachers for coming this evening. These past few years at Trinity have shaped this class into what it has become, a family. This year brought us closer than ever. Seventh grade was a new beginning, and the transition from the lower to the upper level gave us a sneak peek at what was to come. We have established bonds and friendships that will never be broken. We have also come to respect and know the faculty and staff.
Our class has been through alot together. When there was a math lesson or project we did not understand, we would work together to defeat that problem, and prepare to tackle the next one. Our readiness to help one another is what defined us. While today should be the day we credit for preparing ourselves for what is to come, that process really started a long time ago, with everyone working together with the intention to build each other up academically and spiritually.
As we learned in Mr. Clarkson’s class, Joshua 1:7 says “Be strong and very courageous.” Every time there was a deadline looming or an assignment to focus on, the remembrance of that verse helped me through it; because as Mr. Mushet would say, Jesus was already at the end, ready to advise and be with me.
We have created memories as new students joined us. Our Seashore and D.C. trips really taught us a lot about each other and we capitalized on those opportunities to enhance our friendships and seek each other out, even outside of school. It is quite fitting that we have concluded our middle school years with a trip to our nation's capital. This bonding experience strengthened our ties, as we laughed with each other and learned about God's hand in the formation of this country.
Our time at trinity is unforgettable, and for those leaving, you will be in our prayers, hearts, and minds as fellow brothers and sisters. I am certain that the friendships and memories made here will never be forgotten. And for those of staying, prepare yourselves for times that will last a lifetime. As we dive into learning a new language, explore new sciences, increase understanding of higher math, read new novels, and remain in God's Word, we will continue to lift each other up and share our personal gifts with each other. It is with this thought that I leave you. And it is with this thought that we look forward to next year. Thank you."
"Welcome friends and family. I would like to thank you for coming tonight. I would just like to share the impact that Trinity Christian Academy has had on me. Although it is my first year at Trinity I feel like I have been here most of my school years. I am privileged to be going to a school where sharing and growing in my faith is part of every day. It shocked me for my first few weeks here, when we attended devotions in the morning and gathered to share our prayer requests with each other or opened with prayer before math class. It was something I had thought was unrealistic because my years spent in public school were so different. Quickly, I realized the significance of a Christian education. It was refreshing to be able to text one of my friends in the class and ask for them to pray for something going on in my life. It was a blessing that I was invited to attend other youth groups or when people excepted my invitation. I was finally somewhere where I knew most people were like me and who had the same beliefs. When I went to public school there were almost 450 people in my grade, but 17 didn’t seem to bother me. In fact, I like the smaller class much better. Everyone knows each other and can all share inside jokes. They recognize when you are happy or when something is wrong. Philippians 4:6 says “Don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.” This was a verse I frequently started to use about three years ago because it helped me with what I was going through at that time. It helped me to remain in my faith and it reminded me to continue to pray. After it became a verse that had an impact on me I started to realize the things that God has blessed me with including the fact that my parents are able to send me to Trinity and that it is only a 5 minute drive. My 8th grade year is one that I will never forget and I look forward to coming back for my 9th grade year at Trinity Christian Academy."