Holy Trinity Catholic School curriculum adheres to the Indiana Academic Standards and Diocesan guidelines. Staff members frequently consult the Indiana Department of Education’s website to ensure that the scope and sequence of learning objectives are being met in a manner that achieves vertical alignment and addresses college and career readiness.
The reading/language arts curriculum consists of many different components. Based upon the Indiana Birth-Age 5 and K-6 Reading Frameworks and Indiana Academic Standards, students build foundational literacy skills in the big five components of reading: phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Strategies include the use of a 90 minute block, Daily Five, and CAFÉ. Students can be seen doing Word Work, Read to Self, Sustained Reading, and Small Group Instruction during stations as part of the 90 minute block. A variety of genres and literary texts are utilized including: the basal reader, leveled readers, poetry, informational text, and reader’s theater scripts. Connections between authors and literary pieces, and various reading strategies are supported weekly during library time and they supplement what is being taught in the classroom. The language arts curriculum employs Shurley English to engage students in grammar, sentence structure, and conventions. Six Traits writing further enhances instruction through writer’s workshops and author’s chair.
Mathematics instruction is concentrated on attainment of basic math skills. Basic mastery of skills is taken to the next level through application to authentic situations, requiring higher order
thinking skills and problem solving.
A hands-on approach, through investigation and journaling, is a critical element of the science curriculum. The FOSS-Delta Science kits serve as the means for exploration and inquiry. Topics are introduced and re-examined through the grade levels to generate a deep and thorough knowledge
of the content. Students are asked to write down observations and draw conclusions from what they experience in an effort to understand the larger concept.
The social studies curriculum cultivates an understanding of historical, cultural, and social issues, while examining the social justice teachings of the Catholic Church. Students explore and develop an appreciation for the local, national, and global communities through a multitude of activities such as: field trips to local and state government entities, and letter writing to US soldiers stationed abroad.
Students are challenged to strive to meet high expectations in all academic areas. Those that consistently rise to the challenge and wish to push themselves further have the opportunity to take classes for high school credit while in eighth grade. These classes, Algebra I, Spanish I, and Biology I, are taught using the high school curriculum and assessments. Students taking these classes may transfer the grade and credit to high school.
The Fine Arts and Technology curriculum provides students with art, music, and computer applications on a quarterly rotation . The art program explores a variety of mediums and partners with the local college to provide students an opportunity to work with clay on the potter’s wheel and to show their art work. The music curriculum incorporates singing, movement, instruments, and music history. Annually, students showcase their talents through art contests, the Christmas program and spring play. Students learn keyboarding skills and various applications in Word, Power Point, and Excel during computer applications.
The physical education and health curriculum concentrate on the healthy development of the child.
Thirty minutes of daily physical activity during recess in conjunction with the structured physical education class, which meets twice a week, develop motor skills and promote sportsmanship. Students also participate in the Minds-In-Motion program to help further develop their brains, motor skills, and have a little fun! The health curriculum, which meets quarterly in rotation with the fine arts and technology courses, centers instruction on forming lifetime habits of good health and wellness, positive self-esteem, and human development.
A highlight of our middle school curriculum is the addition of an elective course, ranging from a baking & cooking class, yearbook, to science experimentation, just to name a few! Students in grades six through eight are asked to "register" for their desired course and placements are then made accordingly. Each elective class has between 10-15 students of all three grade levels and meets once a week.
Students in grades three through eight are part of a Saint Family, or advisory group. Each Saint Family meets twice a month, where the focus is on developing relationships, setting goals, character traits, and leadership skills. It is a time when older students can mentor younger students and staff members can build lasting relationships with students to help guide them through the "tween" years.