Welcome to Trinity Christian Academy!

 

We hope you will take the time to learn a little about our unique school and all the opportunities it can provide your child. Please call us if you have any questions.

We are first of all a Christian School that teaches Jesus Christ as Lord. Once a week we have a chapel service that is often led by the students. In addition, Bible curriculum is taught at each level, and each class has their own mission project for the year. We provide strong academic programs at all levels from well-qualified teachers who love the Lord. Having an environment to learn and grow in love may be very special, but I think you will find the opportunities for your child to explore music, art, physical education, and drama as part of our curriculum is what really sets us apart. Specially trained instructors in each of the arts and sports areas provide students an introduction to discover areas they may have otherwise never tried, while developing a love for areas in which God has given them special talent. Older students are then able to continue in areas they have come to love, and further develop those talents as part of their school day. Outstanding arts teachers provide additional elective instruction in piano, voice, strings, band, and dance. There’s something for everyone at Trinity Christian Academy.

We are very grateful to our families for entrusting us to educate their children. It is our fervent desire to provide a quality Christian education, which will equip our students to be a Christian influence in a contemporary society. We look forward to being a part of your child’s education and help them discover ways to love and serve our Lord.

Blessings,

Mrs. Carole Barber
K-12 Principal

Email us to learn more

Or call (714) 971-4195

Academics

 

Kindergarten

Art
Students learn to use lines, shapes, and colors to reflect understanding of visual characteristics of their surroundings. Identifying the elements and principals that appear in their own artwork is covered. Students explore different materials, techniques, and processes used in the visual arts.

Bible
Kindergarten Bible covers the overall story of the Bible as God’s plan of salvation using memorization, pictures, tapes books, drama, worksheets and music .

Drama
Students are introduced to basic theater knowledge. This includes being on stage, body movement techniques, and storytelling techniques using various games and activities throughout the year.

Language
Students will have a working knowledge of writing skills , letter and number formations using manuscript writing , sentence structure , sounding out letters , and comprehension strategies with a reading program.

Math
Problem solving is presented using comparisons, graphs, charts, symbols, and number sentences for learning and writing numbers. Manipulatives are an integral part of kindergarten math.

Music
A main focus for kindergarteners in music class is discovering and using the singing voice: singing in small and large groups, soloistically, and in singing games. They play instruments, and move or verbalize awareness of beat, tempo, dynamics, and melodic direction. Every student performs in the Christmas program and in the “Kindergarten Celebration” at the end of the school year.

PE
Movement is a main focus for kindergartens in physical education – moving safely in space, basic locomotor movements, moving purposefully in simple chasing games and circle games. Social skills, manipulative skills, and fitness concepts are also covered.

Science
Our goal is that science would show how it affects everyday life through God’s plan encompassing self and growth and change in life on our earth.

Social Studies
We teach the skills needed to understand our world by celebrations, environment, basic human needs, and National principles and laws.

First Grade

Art
Master artists and art history are introduced in the first grade. Recognizing a variety of artwork from various cultures is covered. Students recognize and study various art forms and learn to use different materials, techniques, and processes used in the visual arts.

Bible
Relating the Bible in everyday life is an important part of the first grade Bible Curriculum. It is a walk through the Bible with a sequence format, nurturing faith and giving an understanding of Bible lessons through singing Bible songs, devotions, weekly Bible worksheets, picture cards, and weekly memorization of Bible verses. Each year we do a yearly service project which reaches out to the community. In years past we have worked with guide dogs for the blind as well as supporting a first grade student in an orphanage in Mexico.

Drama
Students will be introduced to vocal techniques and scene work for the theater. They will review techniques in body movement and basic theater knowledge, and will improve their storytelling techniques with use of reader’s theater scenes appropriate to their age group.

Language Arts
First graders learn to understand the basic features of reading. Skills include learning how to select letter patterns and knowing how to translate them into spoken language using phonics, syllabication and word parts. Important values and Christian Character are taught in daily text books and spelling books such as honesty integrity, courage faith, kindness, etc. First graders learn to respond to essential questions, make predictions and comparisons. First grade writing is an easy step by step approach to teaching writing so students develop a solid foundation skill that supports and facilitates communication skills. Students learn proper formation of letters and creative writing skills.

Math
First grade math curriculum displays a wide variety of math activities. The program allows for hands-on experiences, discussion and exploration. Learning is reinforced through daily practice and memorization of drill sheets and guided written practice of problem solving, measurement, geometry, money, time, graphs and fractions. Assessment of progress occurs on a regular basis.

Music
First grade music emphasizes the continued development of the singing voice, and pitch accuracy in a developmentally appropriate range. Students apply vocal and instrumental skills in reading, writing, performing simple patterns of rhythm and pitch (solfege DMSL), using beat, rest, and divided beat. Every student performs in the Christmas program.

P.E.
Moving differently is a focus for first graders – locomotor skills with varied levels and speeds, changing directions in response to rhythms, jump roping, and manipulating many types of balls with a variety of throws, kicks, and hits are some examples. Fitness is stressed as are social skills such as conflict resolution and working effectively as a partner or member of a group. Movement and fitness concepts are covered.

Science
The first grade science program integrates experiences with all areas of first grade curriculum. It provides students with many opportunities to develop reading, writing and math skills through science. There are weekly hands on science experiments along with workbooks, and unit testing. The science program covers Life Science, Earth Science and Physical Science. The first grade traditionally takes a field to the Long Beach Aquarium as part of our Sea Life Unit. Also included is a unit on health, safety and manners.

Social Studies
Teaching the values of our Country while teaching the importance of patriotism helps first graders to better understand the world around them. Geography and map skills are also taught.

Second Grade

Art
Color theory is emphasized in the second grade. Students acquire the confidence to mix colors to express artistic perception. Students study master works of art and discuss the way in which the artworks are created. Designing logos and signs teach students how art is inter-related to our culture.

Bible
Our Bible curriculum teaches the Old Testament stories. We also instruct about Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection incorporating stories of Jesus and the disciples’ parables and miracles. The primary focus is to teach students about the love of Jesus and how to walk as a Christian. We use prayer and devotions daily to reinforce Christ’s presence in the classroom. We also do a mission project each year in which we plant and harvest food for needy families. Students learn about service and helping others. This corresponds well with the story of Jesus’ parable about the sower and the seed.

Drama
Students study techniques in character development, improvisation, set design and make-up design techniques. They strengthen their general theater knowledge skills, and study vocal techniques and warm –ups. They learn to master the art of storytelling through scene work.

Language
Language consists of many different facets. Reading is a daily part of the classroom routine. We engage in reading as a whole class, buddy reading, reading groups, story time, and independent reading. Students are taught writing and oral language skills to respond to and participate in discussions about grade level reading material. Phonics is an integral part of the curriculum and used to teach fluency and accuracy. Spelling and vocabulary are taught, reinforced, and tested weekly. Grammar is taught daily and reinforced through many different techniques in reading, writing, and speaking. Comprehension is an integral part of our language curriculum. Students are taught to read and comprehend in all subject matters. Penmanship is a focus in 2nd grade. The students learn and practice both manuscript and cursive. Writing is expressed in many different ways, including letter writing, summaries, creative writing, book reports, non-fiction, and many other types. We understand that language is the basis for education and try to teach our students to learn, love, and thrive in this area.

Math
Each day, students participate in a wide variety of mathematics activities which they learn through hands-on experiences, discussion, and exploration. 2nd grade students learn 3rd grade level math that includes computation, problem solving strategies, measurement, geometry, money, time, identifying patterns, fractions, graphs, and charts. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts are introduced using fact strategies and are practiced daily throughout the year.

Music
Second graders continue to develop their singing voices by singing age-appropriate songs from memory. Students apply vocal and instrumental skills in reading, writing, performing, composing, arranging, and improvising. Music literacy continues with reading, writing, and performing simple rhythmic patterns using eighth notes, quarter notes, half notes, dotted half notes, rests, and the pentatonic scale (DRMSL). Every student performs in the Christmas Program in the Crystal Cathedral.

Physical Education
Moving confidently is the focus for second grade. Movements become more complex – kicking a rolling ball, throwing for distance, dance steps, and jump rope steps. Simple sport related lead up games are introduced such as 2 on 2 soccer. Social skills, total fitness, and movement concepts are also covered.

Science
Students are taught to observe and measure physical changes. We teach critical thinking skills, knowledge of natural resources, and the growth and change of living organisms. We go on a harvesting fieldtrip to The Incredible Edible Field every year to reinforce the concept of the plant’s life cycle. Students are taught to understand and preserve natural habitats and the environment. Students learn about changes in seasons and the relation to the sun, moon, stars, and the solar system. Students discover earth long ago. We do several projects to learn about dinosaurs and fossils.

Social Studies
2nd graders compare what happened long ago to what happened yesterday. We visit the Kellogg House where we learn how people lived over 100 years ago, including washing clothes, making butter, and dressing up like Americans did back then. We also create our own personal family trees to better understand our own family history. Students learn that people live in communities, study how communities change, and recognize that community members work together for a common good. They learn the importance of an individual in a community by learning about American Presidents and heroes. Students also learn the importance of community helpers by harvesting for the needy through the 2nd Harvest Food Bank yearly. As a result, they learn to give back to the community. Moreover, students learn basic economic concepts and their individual roles in the economy like the concept of money, goods and services, producers and consumers, and trade. They demonstrate map, calendar, and problem solving skills. They learn to sequence, classify, sort into groups, make predictions, find main ideas, and practice problem solving skills.

Third Grade

Art
Different styles of visual arts are covered. Students learn to paint in realistic, abstract and impressionistic styles. Students use various two and three-dimensional mediums to communicate ideas and feelings. Illustrating the observations of their environment is covered.

Bible
The 3rd grade curriculum begins with Creation and covers the early Biblical history in Genesis, the Patriarchs, and the book of Judges. All of the 3rd grade academic content areas are presented through a Biblical framework which introduces God’s world as His handiwork. Bible memory work and students’ individual verse illustrations assist the students in their personal spiritual development. A major project, our Bible Character Biography Poster, involves making a research poster and a Bible character doll. The 3rd grade mission project is preparing comfort blankets and cards for children in need. Students also participate in the school-wide mission project, Christmas Boxes for Samaritan’s Purse.

Drama
Students will have mastered their basic theatre knowledge skills, continue to enhance their skills in improvisation, character development, set design, and theatrical make-up. They will be introduced to theatre history studying the art forms found in Japanese theatre, Bunraku, Kabuki, and Noh theatre styles. Students will also learn how to build a story map, and design their own puppets.

Language
Our language program encompasses spelling, reading, language, writing, and penmanship. Students work on increasing skills of effective written and oral communication through the use of proper grammar, punctuation, sentence structure and spelling. Students explore and respond to a variety of reading material to gain comprehensions skills as well as to develop a personal appreciation and enjoyment of reading. Writing activities include book reports, various forms of poetry, descriptive writing, and creative writing projects.

Math
3rd grade math includes problem-solving, computation, algebraic and geometric concepts, measurement, and data interpretation skills. In depth, students develop multiplication and long-division skills. A variety of learning experiences are used. These include use of individual white boards, manipulatives, flashcards, learning centers, math games, and small group activities.

Music
Performing a varied repertoire of music, vocally and instrumentally, is a focus in third grade music. Students will sing age-appropriate songs from memory, including rounds, partner songs, and ostinatos. Students apply vocal and instrumental skills in reading, writing, and performing rhythmic patterns using sixteenth notes, eight notes, quarter notes, dotted quarter notes, half notes, dotted half notes, whole notes, rests (including syncopation), and songs using major and minor scale patterns. Every student performs in the Christmas Program.

Physical Education
Beginning sports skills are a focus in third grade. Included are foot and hand dribbling, catching on the move, varied forms of passing, and striking skills. 2 on 2 soccer, 3 on 3 kickball, and dribbling games put skills into practice in game settings. Concepts such as how the heart works during exercise and how to increase throwing accuracy, are taught. Social skills and lifetime fitness are stressed.

Science
The 3rd grade science program covers observation, measurement, and critical thinking processes to explore plant life, animal life, ecosystems, and the Solar System. Projects include 3D models and research writing on the Solar System as well as clay models of an amphibian’s life cycle. Students engage in creative writing projects related to each science unit. Furthermore, students conduct in-class research using computers for several of the science projects.

Social Studies
Our social studies curriculum covers many facets of community life including early American communities, historical changes and growth, economics, cultural aspects, and levels of government. Projects include maps, comparison and contrast writing, creative writing, an International Day event, state research posters, national landmarks, symbols, and inventions. Through fieldtrips students have an opportunity to incorporate and expand their classroom learning.

Fourth Grade

Art
Students demonstrate, through their creations, elements and principals of visual arts and design. Students recognize and discuss multiple purposes for creating works of art in acrylic, tempura, watercolor paint, pencil, and pastel. Expressing ideas and thoughts through a wide variety of media, techniques and processes is emphasized.

Bible
The goal of fourth grade is to present the Bible as the story of God’s acts and words. This is accomplished through memorizing the books of the Old and New Testaments, learning about oral tradition, and the subsequent development of written language, and studying the reigns of Saul, David, and Solomon. Students are taught these concepts through workbook activities as well as daily devotionals and group discussions. Students write a report on one of the gospels. Our grade level service project is for each class to sponsor one child through a non-profit organization. During the course of the year students learn about the culture of our sponsored child. Our class also writes to and receives letters from our sponsored child.

Drama
Students study theater throughout history focusing on Ancient Greek, Roman, Medieval, Elizabethan, and Commedia D’el Arte time periods. They master their improvisation skills.

Language
This year is focused on developing reading fluency and comprehension skills by teaching various reading and writing strategies. Reading, speaking and writing skills are developed through a variety of literature based reading experiences, including monthly book reports ranging from biographies to mission reports to the gospels of the New Testament.

Math
Math is a cumulative subject in which students are building and developing an understanding of mathematical concepts. Our curriculum focus is on multiplying and dividing up to two digits, fractions and decimals, and word problems. The material becomes interactive through the use of individual white boards to complete sample problems. The math skills are also practiced through the use of imaginative real life scenarios in which the students need to put the skills they are learning into practice in order to solve the problem.

Music
A main focus of fourth grade music is performing a culturally diverse repertoire of music, especially songs of the California Gold Rush. Fourth graders apply vocal and instrumental musical skills in reading, writing, and performing rhythmic patters using all previously learned rhythms, complex syncopation, and rhythms in compound meters (3/8, 6/8). Visual and aural study of the four families of orchestral instruments and female and male voices are also emphasized. Every student performs in the Christmas Program in the Crystal Cathedral.

Physical Education
Simple rules of sports and their basic offensive and defensive strategies are introduced in fourth grade. Winning and losing with dignity and treating others of all skill levels with respect are emphasized. Rhythmic skills, manipulative skills, movement with partners, physical fitness and movement concepts are included. Quarterly PE projects are assigned with choices such as a fitness calendar, the 25 Mile Club, a biography of a Christian athlete, creating a commercial that encourages physical activity, and a report on the history of a sport.

Science
Students acquire an understanding of life science, earth science and physical science through investigation and experimentation. Topics are taught not only through a textbook but through hands-on experiments. Concepts include how landforms develop, states of matter, magnetism, and electricity culminating with a formal electricity demonstration by California Edison.

Social Studies
The focus of study is California history. Students will develop an understanding of California geographic environment, early Native American settlements, and the historical relevance of the early California Missions. Special activities include creating Native American rock art, writing mission reports, building a mission, participating in an interactive program called “A Walk through California,” and a field trip to Sacramento.

Fifth Grade

Art
Students study the elements of art and principals of design in depth. Students create unique artworks, using the characteristics of two and three-dimensional media, and apply technical skills to communicate. Students identify different approaches when reflecting on their own artwork and that of others.

Bible
During Bible, fifth graders learn about the different types of writing found throughout the Bible. Starting with the Pentateuch, going through Biblical poetry, and following the life of Jesus to his death, resurrection, and ascension, students create a new level of understanding by focusing on the way the Bible was written and why. Through verse memorization, activities, skits, and art, students not only enjoy fellowship and devotions with peers, but a deeper understanding of God’s Word and its application for life. Service, through the theme of “compassion”, encourages students to help collect needed items for an orphaned girl in Mexico.

Drama
Students implement what they have learned in theatre design and directing strategies. They work on building and constructing scale models. They enhance their skills in character development, scene work, and voice technique, as well as be introduced to acting for the camera techniques. They continue their study of theatre history with an emphasis on the Elizabethan time period.

Language Arts
What would we do without verbs? During language arts, students study the structure of grammar and apply it to their own writing. We study each part of speech, and also punctuation. Students try a variety of writing styles including poetry, narrative essay, expository writing, and even what fifth graders are already so good at… persuasion. During reading, we evaluate stories to better understand how authors use words to create moods and descriptions.

Math
Hooray for fractions! Without them we wouldn’t be able to share. Students develop their problem solving throughout the year, specifically learning how to apply computation to problems with fractions and decimals. With a wide variety of problems, students learn to apply skills to all areas of math, including geometry and even beginning algebra. Beware! Confidence in math may boost as students are able to apply their memorized multiplication now with ease!

Music
Analysis and description of the social functions of music are emphasized in fifth grade music. Students sing rounds, descants, songs with ostinatos, and songs with two-part harmony, with themselves and others. Students apply vocal and instrumental musical skills in reading, writing, and performing melodic notation in treble clef in major and minor keys, and rhythmic notation including quarter-note triplets and tied syncopation. Instrumental skills are emphasized through the study of the baroque recorder. Every student performs in the Christmas Program in The Crystal Cathedral.

P.E.
Sports skills, strategies, and rules are expanded upon in fifth grade. Fitness is stressed in a program that includes more of the hows and whys of movement and skills. Quarterly projects are assigned with choices that encourage personal fitness activities outside the school day, learning more in depth about a sport or sports figure, and learning about the workings of the human body.

Science
During science, students discover the basic unit of life, and then apply that knowledge to both the human body and plants! We’ll learn about the many differences and similarities between animal and plant life, and compare how each thrives. We go out of this world by discovering what’s in our atmosphere and taking a look beyond. We also focus on weather, how it occurs, and where it comes from! Students enjoy science through experimentation, questioning, creative projects, various tools such as graphs, a field trip to the Discovery Science Center, and the end of the year science fair project displayed at Open House!

Social Studies
Go way back to the beginning and see how our United States became… united! During social studies, students explore with the explorers who found land and inhabitants. Then we take a good look at how the colonists lived and even try some things out for ourselves. Life was hard, but still very exciting. Through the year, students follow the path of the colonists and the events that took place in order for our country to have its system of government and basic foundation. We see many examples of how cause and effect plays such an important role in our United States history.

Arts, Extra Curricular Activities and School Family

 

Arts

Performing and visual arts are part of the curriculum for students in K-5.

They experience, drama, visual art, and music instruction by our extraordinary specialists!

Please check the curriculum site for each grade level to view what is covered in each area.

Extra Curricular Activities

K- 5 students have the opportunity to participate in various extra curricular opportunities including drama club, computer classes, dance, piano lessons, voice, homework club, instrumental lessons, art lessons, and 5th grade handball tournaments.

Fees are applied to some of these activities.

School Family

We meet once a week for a time of worship as a school family. Students have a time of singing, prayer, and listening to God’s Word. We explore a different Christian characteristic each week. Each class takes turns in leading our School Family. Parents are invited to join us in worship.