Welcome to Trinity Christian High School!
Trinity Christian High School is a small, personal, Christ-centered secondary educational experience that stresses academic excellence and traditional Christian values through the Arts. Students are chosen with care; our California state credentialed staff maximizes the opportunities made available by our small size in order to discover their students’ academic strengths and weaknesses and teach toward them. Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (“WASC”),Trinity Christian High School is nationally recognized for its outstanding academic program of study, the success of its students in universities throughout the United States, and the contributions its graduates have made across the globe.
Central to our programs is our core understanding thatTrinity Christian High School is tasked with “equip(ping) His people for works of service, so that the whole body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:12). Students receive instruction in the Scriptures during each year of attendance and participate in weekly Chapel worship, in addition to our rigorous program of traditional academic subjects. Even the Arts are flavored with our Christian witness, as our students receive opportunities to worship God through music, art, drama, and dance.
Co-curricularly, our students are involved in clubs, athletics, music, drama, school dances, service projects, youth leagues… all the activities students across America enjoy pursuing. Our size allows for a distinctive feeling of closeness among our students — so much so that many of our graduates report that they have stayed in touch with most of their classmates, even years later.
Let’s be honest. People can put anything they want on a website. The Internet is full of half-truths, optimistic statements, and downright lies. You would be wise to be skeptical. That is why I encourage you to visit our campus and check us out. Ultimately, the “proof” of the distinctive nature ofTrinity Christian High School can only be seen first-hand. I have no doubts that once you meet with us, you’ll want to join us. Call (714) 971-4159 to schedule a visit.
Mrs. Barber, Principal K-12
Or call (714) 971-4195
Fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Trinity Christian High School’s challenging academic and arts curricula position TCHS graduates as exceptional and desirable candidates for the most discerning American universities. Courses taught at TCHS meet or exceed criteria established by the University of California system. Most importantly, they are presented from the perspective of faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ. Graduates are, therefore, not only well-prepared in academic knowledge and artistic skill, but also have developed a foundation of personal and spiritual integrity from which to approach life’s challenges.
Intentional small class size assures that students receive personal attention as they explore their lessons, while Honors and Advanced Placement courses provide additional opportunities for students of exceptional interest and skill to enhance their academic interests. Regularly-scheduled student presentations in music, drama, and dance showcase student achievement in the arts. Periodic study tours assist TCHS students to develop a global awareness and sensitivity to others’ needs and viewpoints.
Old Testament Studies
Old Testament Studies is an overview of the Old Testament of the Bible, as it provides the foundation for our human relationships with God. This course explores the rich details of the Old Testament through character studies and historical context, paying special attention to how it informs and guides our lifestyles today.
New Testament Studies
This course is a survey of the New Testament from Matthew to Revelation. It includes a general introduction to the study of the Bible and the use of common Bible study tools.
This course is an overview of Christianity’s major doctrines (Revelation and Scripture, God, Man, Christ, Salvation, and Last Things as understood by Reformed Theology). Emphasis will, also, be placed on contrasting Christian truth to major cult movements in America.
This course is designed to prepare students who are interested in future church leadership, both in music and Christian public speaking. The course contains two main elements: the overall preparation of a chapel service both contemporary and traditional, and the academic study of the historical development of music and worship.
Christianity in Today’s World
The objective of this Bible class is to teach students to apply their Christian faith and Biblical knowledge in today’s world. This course will include discussion of Christian apologetics, comparing and contrasting popular world religions and world views with Christianity, and learning how to implement Christian discernment in a secular world. The course also surveys the media and assesses the many different world views which are portrayed.
Church History is a course which surveys the development of the Christian Church from its formation in the age of the Apostles, as described in the book of Acts and the letters of Paul to the church of the twenty-first century. The course will study the development of the church through history and aim to gain an awareness of the reasons why specific events occurred, how and why specific doctrines and traditions came to be emphasized, how denominations have arisen.
English I – Literary Genres
Students enrolled in this introductory course continue the transition from passive learners into students actively involved in their English education. Students examine a variety of literary genres (or “types”), including short story, novel, poetry, essay, and drama – and develop skills in literary analysis. In addition to literature-based vocabulary enhancement, students review grammar principles and receive instruction in writing. The Five-Paragraph Essay technique is introduced. A formal, MLA-based research paper is a culminating activity.
English I Honors – Literary Genres Honors
Students enrolled in this course complete the same assignments as in the previous Literary Genre course, but will also challenge themselves beyond the basic requirements — both in terms of workload and depth of response. Additional reading and writing assignments assure the student that he/she is making the most of his/her English education.
English II — American Literature
Students enrolled in American Literature investigate significant American authors, themes, literary movements, and techniques from America’s Puritan past to the 21st Century. Students build upon the foundations begun in English I: Literary Genre, developing further competency in literary analysis and criticism. Essay writing techniques are further highlighted and expanded. Literature-based vocabulary instruction and Grammar review remain cornerstones of the course. A formal, MLA-based research paper is a culminating activity.
English II Honors –American Literature Honors
Students enrolled in this course complete the same assignments as in the previous American Literature course, but will also challenge themselves beyond the basic requirements — both in terms of workload and depth of response. Additional reading and writing assignments assure the student that he/she is making the most of his/her English education.
English III — British Literature
Students enrolled in British Literature investigate significant British authors from throughout the United Kingdom, as well as themes, literary movements, and techniques drawn from the misty past of “Beowulf” to the 21st Century. Students continue to build upon the foundations begun in previous English courses, developing further competency in literary analysis and criticism. Pre-college essay writing techniques, including variance from the Five-Paragraph Essay technique, are introduced and developed. Literature-based vocabulary instruction and Grammar review remain cornerstones of the course. A formal, MLA-based research paper is a culminating activity.
English IV — World Literature
Students enrolled in World Literature investigate significant literary pieces and authors from around the globe, focusing on universal themes, cultural movements, and unique writing techniques. Personal connections to themes uncovered in classical literature, from both European and non-European regions alike, are encouraged – as well as developing a strong voice in which to express one’s opinions regarding the authors’ themes. Students continue to build upon the foundations begun in previous English courses, developing further competency in literary analysis and criticism. Students explore formal writing options, developing their own writing styles. A formal, MLA-based research paper is a culminating activity.
Advanced Placement: English Language and Composition
Students enrolled in Advanced Placement English analyze non-fiction writing in terms of content, effect, writing techniques, and the author’s personal style. Additionally, students develop and enhance their skills in the writing of formal essays. The course offers frequent AP-style testing, weekly pressure writing situations, and the opportunity to become adept at the process of reading, analyzing, organizing, and writing. This course follows Advanced Placement guidelines set forth by the College Board, and is invaluable for students desiring to push themselves academically in preparation for entrance into four-year universities.
First year Spanish is an introductory course to the Spanish language. Emphasis is put on basic communication skills, such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing. There is a very pronounced focus on pronunciation and vocabulary acquisition. The course introduces the students to the various countries and communities that make up the Spanish-speaking world and to their respective cultures.
Second year Spanish is a continuation of Spanish I with further development of communicative, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on strengthening written and oral communications skills with specific focus on sentence structure and the formation of basic sentences and paragraphs. Oral communication is encouraged and strengthened and vocabulary emphasis is continued while new verb tenses and grammatical structures are learned. The study of Spanish-speaking cultures continues and it is used to give context to the lessons.
Third year Spanish is a continued in depth study of Spanish vocabulary and grammatical structures in order to further communicative competency. Students will continue strengthening their written and oral communications skills and to expand their vocabulary while working more extensively with grammar, syntax, and verb tenses. Students complete writing assignments, read Spanish literature, and participate in discussions, literary reviews, and skits. The study of the various Spanish speaking communities continues and there is a written project and class presentation on a Spanish speaking country.
Spanish 4 – Advanced Placement Spanish
Spanish IV is an Advanced Placement course and as such follows the College Board course outline and description for such a class. It emphasizes the use of Spanish for active communication. It encompasses aural/oral skills, reading comprehension, grammar, and composition. The course seeks to help the student comprehend formal and informal spoken Spanish; acquire the necessary vocabulary and grasp of structure to allow the easy, accurate reading of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as of modern literature in Spanish; compose expository passages; and express ideas orally with accuracy and fluency. The course seeks to develop language skills that are useful in themselves and that can be applied to various activities and disciplines, rather than to the mastery of any specific-subject matter.
Spanish Language and Culture
This course is intended to provide and introductory study of Spanish and Spanish and Latj language, vocabulary, and grammatical structures. It is not intended to take the place of Spanish I at the high school level. However, I hope that taking the course will facilitate your subsequent studies of the Spanish language.
Course Description: God has given us a beautiful and diverse world. It is our responsibility as Christians to study and protect it. It has become increasingly important as technology continues to connect us to all regions and nations of this world. Students study the world both in its similarities and differences. They examine the many cultures and nations that make up the world through examination of geographical features, cultures, and the integral connection between geography and history of mankind.
History is the study of human interaction with the environment, and established social and political institutions. One of the most important concepts in world history is the ability to understand the patterns that have affected human interaction since the beginning of time. It is, also, important to acknowledge the continuity between historical events, the importance of understanding the context and history of each time period, and historical figures. Students learn about history based on these themes and concepts. This course covers Modern World History beginning with the Renaissance and Reformation.
United States History
This course covers United States History from its earliest days to the present. Students examine U.S. History through textbook reading, literature, primary and secondary sources, and classroom simulations. They study the themes and patterns of interaction that have dominated America’s past from these draw connections to out modern world. Through tracing our history, students understand the various influences on the creation and development of the United States as a nation and the importance of those influences today. They examine the continuity of historical events and the direct connection between events and the influences of the world surrounding them.
U. S. History Advanced Placement
This course is designed for students who are capable of learning at an accelerated rate in order to gain college credits for course work completed at CCHS by taking the advanced placement examination offered by the College Board in May. In preparation for this exam, students complete a course of study focused on the themes and patterns of interaction that have dominated America’s past from these draw connections to out modern world. Through tracing our history, students understand the various influences on the creation and development of the United States as a nation and the importance of those influences today. They examine the continuity of historical events and the direct connection between events and the influences of the world surrounding them.
Principles & Practices of Economics is a single semester course. This course is designed to provide the students with a solid foundation and understanding of how and why the economy influences each of them. Each student becomes familiar with the terms associated with the economic system and learns the basics of investing in the stock market. This course is an overview of economics, concentrating on the American economic system.
This is a study of Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of our Federal government and a study of our civil rights. Upon learning their Constitutional rights, students learn how to use information from court cases and other documents to coherently express their personal views through written and oral presentation. In addition, there will be a brief study of the State of California and specifically Orange County. Students learn how and why their vote matters to influence the local community around them.
This course is a formal development of the algebraic skills and tools necessary for students who will take a Geometry course and other advanced college preparatory courses. It includes solving equations and inequalities, simplifying and factoring polynomials, simplifying fractions, functions, and radicals.
In Geometry, students study patterns of logical reasoning and graphical transformations, and then use these patterns and transformations to develop the theorems and relationships about sets of points and congruence. This course includes: numerical and formal proofs, angle measures, parallel lines, quadrilaterals and other polygons, right triangle trigonometry, circles, geometric solids, and Non-Euclidean geometries.
Graduation requirement for pre-college diploma Algebra II expands on the mathematical content of Algebra I. Content areas that are emphasized include: the solution of systems of quadratic equations, logarithmic and exponential functions, the binomial theorem, progression and series, the complex number system. Calculators are used throughout the course.
Advance mathematics is a rich preparation for college courses in calculus, abstract algebra, and probability. The student should have a prior understanding of intermediate algebra and plane geometry. The course includes: an introduction into the analysis of the real number system, elementary vector operations, complex numbers, the concept of limits, and trigonometry.
AP Calculus AB
This course is designed for students to advance their understanding of mathematical functions and methods. Students use functions and their derivatives and integrals as well as data analysis to describe real life situations. This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement exam in May.
This course is an introduction to Statistics. Students explore the concepts of data collection, probability, distributions, and other methods of analyzing data. Applications of data analysis are, also, explored so that students understand that decision making can be based on statistics.
This course is designed to help students increase their fitness levels, improve motor skills, learn about the benefits of healthy lifestyle centered around regular physical activity and a healthy diet. They come to understand the correlation between physical and mental exercise and improve their self-image and self-confidence through participation in skill development drills and patterned exercise programs. Team and individual sports are taught as a method of developing competitive physical skills with a concurrent stress on teamwork and good sportsmanship to mark their participation as a follower of their Creator.
Biology is the study of life and its creator. Biology introduces the scientific research method in studying the processes of life in cells, systems, and living organisms. Emphasis is made on man’s role and influence in the natural world as well. Laboratory exercises include various investigations of living systems as well as interactions between living organisms and nonliving things. Students learn about many forms of life within the context of man’s responsibility to understand and act as caretaker within God’s world.
Chemistry is the study of matter and its interactions in the physical world. This chemistry course explores the history and development of atoms, elements, and periodic table as a foundation for our knowledge of the molecular world. Emphasis is placed on knowledge of Periodic Table and chemical reactions.
Zoology is the study of unity and diversity among animal life. Basic themes include continuity and origins of animal life, diversity of animal life, and activity within body systems. This course has a laboratory component which places strong emphasis on classification and comparative anatomy through dissection. Zoology is designed with the purpose of gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation for the animal world. Another goal for this course is to deepen your wonder and awe of the animal world.
Physics is the scientific study of matter and energy and how they interact with each other. This energy can take the form of motion, light, electricity, radiation, gravity… just about anything. Physics deals with matter on scales ranging from sub-atomic particles to stars and even entire galaxies. Emphasis will be on gaining a basic understanding of physics principles, as well as problem solving with the use of mathematics. In the lab, students will demonstrate the ability to apply physics principles as well as learn basic physics laboratory techniques.
Biology is the in-depth study of the science of living things. Advanced Placement Biology uses the scientific research method in studying the processes of life in cells, systems, and living organisms. This course will build on previous knowledge and exposure to the living world… using knowledge of Biology, Zoology, and Chemistry as a starting off point to really understanding the mechanisms of the living creatures God created. This course is taught at a college level and uses a college text. Students receive an honors GPA point for taking this course and are strongly encouraged to take the College Board’s AP Biology test for college credit. Laboratory exercises include various investigations of living systems as well as interactions between living organisms and nonliving things.
Field Ecology I & II
Field Ecology applies the principles of ecology and biological sciences to explore the natural and physical elements of an on-location site. This course has a classroom element in which students are learn about the ecology of the Western United States, as well as ecological concepts to prepare for observation, testing, and study in the field. The course incorporates two week of field trip to various locations in the Western United States. Emphasis is on field work, observation, laboratory testing, and comparison of results from different elevations, topographical regions, and latitudes.
Arts, Athletics, Extra Curricular Activities & Chapel
The performing arts program at Trinity Christian Academy achieves aesthetic excellence yearly, offering the students an array of opportunities.
The High School Band is a one year course open to all students that play an orchestral instrument and obtain a basic level performance. Students taking this course are highly encouraged to take the yearly fine arts course offered in history, theory, or world music along with this band course. This band course is designed to enhance the student’s performance ability on the specific level of each student, while helping them develop artistic perception, creative expression, and aesthetic values. Students in this course perform several times during each semester in concerts and school events. The literature performed is that of beginning to advance high school works, for both chamber and full band ensembles that ranges from the Renaissance to the 20th Century period. The overall goal of the course is also to introduce the students to the different career opportunities in music.
The High School Choir is a one-year course open to all students interested in participating in a mixed choir (soprano, alto, tenor, bass). This course is designed to increase vocal skill and performance levels of each student and to develop aesthetic and cultural values through c ritical listening. Students perform a wide variety of choral literature, including classical, jazz, musical theater, Sacred/Christian (contemporary), and multi-cultural music. Students perform medium and difficult high school literature for performances in concerts, choral festivals, school chapel, church services, and community-functions. Emphasis includes the portfolio preparation for advanced study and career development, and each student is required to purchase their uniform (dress or tuxedo).
This course is a review of music fundamentals (scales, keys, intervals, and triads), followed by complete understanding of diatonic and inverted chords, chord symbols, figured bass, harmonic function, cadences, embellishing tones, harmonization, and principles of four-part writing. Study also includes score analysis and brief composition projects
This course is a journey through the world of music; exploring both it’s theoretical and historical elements. The first part of the class consist the study of basic music elements including; sound, performing media, rhythm, music notation, melody, harmony, key, musical form and texture. The second part of the class explores the history of music; surveying music from the middle ages all the way through the contemporary era. Class sessions include fun interactive studies that will allow students to apply their knowledge in performance, critical thinking, and music analysis.
Percussion takes a look at basic percussion playing methods and drum rudiments, applying them into the context of a percussion ensemble and solo snare playing. The first half of the semester focuses on playing drum rudiments on the snare drum. There are weekly quizzes on the playing assignments, and on rhythm and melodic notation. Towards the second part of the semester, the class is divided into different ensembles where they work on percussion ensemble pieces that are then performed in the Christmas program. Second semester, the class again prepares several percussion arrangements and perform them in two spring semester concerts.
This course is offered to students who desire to play a string instrument. In the class the students learn to play a string instrument, have fun, make new friend, and perform in several concerts throughout the year. The benefits of taking strings include: being a part of an ensemble building teamwork, and performing live chamber music for your friends and family. Advance performers will have the opportunity to perform in the Crystal Cathedral.
This class is an introductory course in dance. It includes beginning level terminology and execution of basic skills in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and modern dance. Students develop creative expression through choreography and performance. They also study historical contributions and the influence of culture on dance. Through the study of stage and screen productions, students develop an aesthetic valuing of dance. Discussion of career opportunities in dance is also included in this course. All students participate in performance presentation.
Dramatic History of Literature and Film
The students study the Crucible by Arthur Miller as a dramatic work that comments on society, and compare it to the Anti-Communist hearings of the McCarthy era. They examine scenes from other dramatic works that also comment on social standards. Students research the history of filmmaking from the silent film era to contemporary film works. They investigate innovations in editing, camera angles, different film genres, and acting techniques, and apply what they have learned through group and individual projects and assignments.
Acting Fundamentals 1 and 2
Students learn and practice the Stanislavski acting Method. They learn to investigate characters based on character descriptions and author intent. Students research different acting styles, from realism, theatre of the absurd, Elizabethan theatre, and musical theatre genres. They read and perform scenes from various plays and apply what they have learned about the different acting styles.
Improvisational and Comedic Acting
Students investigate different methods of comedic styles and improvisations. They develop public speaking skill, and performance skills with an emphasis on improvisation styles, pantomime, comedic timing, and speech communication.
Students are given the opportunity to audition and perform in two school productions, one dramatic work and one musical. Students learn different acting techniques per production. The High School also produces a student production each year entitled “Broadway our way”. This is a student directed production entirely run and performed by our high school students.
Students are given the opportunity to take part in all of the backstage elements of our school productions. Students are a part of the technical theatre crew for stage lighting, sound, set design, costume design, and stage hands.
Students work closely with the Set Designer for the school productions, who helps to expand on their previous knowledge of Art and Drama. The students create and design a set from start to finish. They study the scripts and implement their design for the productions.
Students work with the Costume Designer for the school productions. They are given the opportunity to help design and build costumes for a production. They also help to maintain costumes for the duration of the production.
Explores creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing, connections, relationships and applications.
Painting and Drawing
This course is an aesthetic exploration of two-dimensional art. Students will learn basic drawing skills such as line, shading, color, and perspective and will apply these skills to each assignment. This course will include art history lessons for the novice that will, also, be applied to specific projects. The students will participate in a wide range of drawing and painting mediums designed to build artistic and creative confidence. The projects created in this will serve as fine arts pieces.
Students will explore, in depth, the importance of composition, value and color using a variety of methods and media. This course will provide students with the verbal and visual knowledge necessary in evaluating and choosing color and design elements in their artwork.
Ceramics and Sculpting
This course is a technical and aesthetic exploration of 3-dimensional design through the mediums of clay, metal, glass, stone, wood, plastic, plaster, and fiber. The course will, also, include 2-dimensional basic drawing and layout skills. The students will participate in a wide range of drawing and painting mediums designed to build artistic and creative confidences. The projects created in this class will serve as fine art pieces.
Trinity Christian High School belongs is a member of the Southern California Interscholastic Federation—Southern Section (CIF-SS), the governing body for all high school sports in southern California and our teams compete in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). This conference is an association of thirteen Christian high schools that have organized to provide a structure for interschool competition in select team sports for both boys and girls. The organization has a set constitution and by-laws as well as rules for the conduct of each sport. League officers are elected to manage game scheduling, liaison with referee assignors, maintenance of game scores and standings as well as a playoff system for each sport.
TCHS offers two team sports for boys and two for girls within the context of our membership in the WAC. Students are eligible to play on a TCHS team providing they meet minimum academic standards and submit the required permission/consent and CIF forms prior to the start of each season. Seasons of competition consist of up to ten games, plus playoffs (if qualified by win-loss record).
Boys Team Sports
Winter Season (Jan – Mar): Varsity Basketball.
Spring Season (Mar – May): Varsity Volleyball.
Girls Team Sports
Fall Season (Sep – Nov): Varsity Volleyball
Winter Season (Jan – Mar): Varsity Basketball
While TCHS does not offer individual participation sports like golf, tennis, or swimming, a student may enter selected CIF tournaments or multi-school meets and represent TCHS as an individual competitor.
Extra Curricular Activities
Associated Student Body
Associated Student Body students learn and study leadership and government skills. They plan and govern their student body and organize activities, missions, fundraisers, and dances. Students meet once a week and are graded on their leadership, attendance, performance, and o rganization skills. Students participate in the planning and working of spirit week, attending sporting events, supply our mascot at home games, and create posters and advertisements of events throughout the year.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society is a student organization that promotes enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulates a desire to render service, promotes leadership, and develops character. The student members must meet stringent requirements in the areas of academics, leadership, service, and character. The chapter is overseen by a panel of faculty advisors who provide leadership and mentorship.
Our chapter participates in meetings, on and off campus service projects and extracurricular field trips. Current service projects include campus cleanups and support and visitation of an orphanage in Tecate, Mexico. Recent field trips have included Hearst Castle, The Getty Museum, bird watching at Bolsa Chica, Griffith Observatory, and Disneyland.
The chapel/worship experience at Trinity Christian Academy & Trinity Christian High School meet on Wednesday. The K-5 is called School Family and meets on Fridays. This chapel service is both student and faculty led as it’s designed to allow students to worship the Lord in an unrestrained manner. The chapels vary in worship style, and guest speakers from the area are brought in to encourage and teach students the ways of our Lord Jesus Christ. Overall, the chapel time is a Christ centered time where students grow mentally and spiritually. This chapel/worship experience completes our school’s mission statement to equip and encourage all students in a way that presents the Christian message in an excellent manner. The class offers musician positions opportunities, these positions are filled by audition and an application of commitment and intent.