Welcome to Trinity Christian Academy!
My name is Mrs. Barber, Principal K-12 and I am the Principal of the middle school (6th – 8th) and high school.
I am so excited about our middle school! First of all, we are a Christian School that teaches Jesus Christ as Lord. My number one goal for our students is that each year they will become more aware of the gifts and talents that God has uniquely given them, and use those gifts and talents to bless the people in the world around them and be a light in this world.
We provide a strong core academic program along with required semester long classes in Bible, visual art, physical education, drama, music. Every student takes these courses for one semester of every year they attend our middle school. On top of that we have an elective period each day where students can take, art, choir, band, dance, percussion, intramural games, foreign language, and guitar.
Trinity Christian Academy has a strong extra curricular program as well. We offer after school drama productions (held in our amazing state of the art theatre), athletics-Christian Athletic League of Orange County, Associate Student Body, as well as scholarship visual and performing arts classes and various individual lessons.
Please call us if you have any questions!
Mrs. Barber, Principal K-12
Or call (714) 971-4195
Designed to develop the whole student, Trinity Christian Academy Middle School’s curriculum both recognizes each child’s uniqueness and also accentuates his/her God-given gifts in academics, the arts, and athletics. TCAMS students are daily challenged to strive to reach their full potential within classrooms that are positive, Christ-centered environments. Teaching from the perspective of faith, our teachers engage students through instructional strategies that develop understandings, abilities, and social perspectives — impacting our students’ world-view now and in the future. As a result,TCAMS students are well-prepared for any competitive high school academic and arts programs they may encounter.
This course is a beginning art class that covers the basics in drawing and painting. Students have the opportunity to learn about artists who have influenced contemporary art, as well as creating and exploring Folk Art. Instruction includes demonstration, handouts, lectures, critiques and an emphasis on creativity.
This course covers later Old Testament history and narratives of God’s promises to His people. The course covers the Israelites’ journey of faith from the division of the unified Kingdom of David through the prophets. Daily Bible study, prayer, and weekly Bible memory recitation are all key components of the course that add to the faith growth of each student. A required student devotional presentation encourages a personal witness of faith by each class member.
This course will have students studying different theatre architecture styles throughout theatre history. With research and various writing skills and techniques, students will learn about different theatre genres, and study scene work from each. Students will also learn theatrical make-up techniques, as well as some scenic design elements with projects assigned throughout the course. They will learn various acting techniques such as gesture work and physical / emotional “life” of characters. They will use these skills through presentation of scenes.
This course introduces students to a mature examination of literature, grammar, vocabulary, and writing than has been experienced at the elementary school level through lecture, media, and student presentation. In literature, students develop an awareness of author technique and goals. A novel supplements the literature anthology; grammar features an in depth analysis of the parts of speech. A contextually-based vocabulary system is introduced. Creative writing forms the backbone of the Language Arts program at this level. This course is designed to introduce the student to Middle School procedures and expectations, develop reading, grammar, and presentation skills initiated at earlier levels, and begin the student’s personal responsibility toward his/her educational progress.
The course reviews the basic facts of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication of whole numbers, decimals and fractions. Students work on graphing and statistics; algebra, geometry and measurement; percent, ratio, proportion and probability; area and volume; as well as discovering various estimating strategies. This class features a weekly quiz assessing our weekly assignments as well as fun math related projects to help supplement our course work.
This course is a general music class in which students are introduced to music in Western civilization: materials of music (melody, harmony, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, musical structure and design, and musical style). Major composers of each musical epoch are discussed, along with musical examples listened to in class. The course covers basic characteristics of ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, 20th century and modern music. Basic Music Theory will be covered (how to read and compose music). Students will also have the opportunity to perform on a variety of instruments.
This course is designed to help students understand the importance of physical fitness and of developing a life-long habit of regular physical exercise. Where appropriate, a combination of lecture and instructor demonstration, followed by step-by-step, individual and group drills is used to facilitate learning. Introduced are the concepts of cardiovascular and respiratory exercise, muscle toning through resistance training, heart rate and exercise efficiency, motor skill development, and team and individual sports skills. Students also learn about the importance and impact of proper diet on physical activity and on maintaining a healthy body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. The concepts of good sportsmanship and teamwork are also taught as a way to develop a Christ-like character and display a like attitude during competitive interaction with others.
This course includes the basics of earth science, life science and physical science from a secular and Christian perspective. Major themes include classification, understanding how living organisms grow and respond, ecosystems and their interactions, cycles in earth and space, matter and energy, as well as the creationist view of the earth. This course includes a second semester 3-day field study program.
This course is an introduction to the history of the Ancient World. In addition to the standard course of studies, learners examine the areas of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Physical, historical, and cultural geography help provide tools and concepts. It also provides learners the historical perspectives necessary to analyze contemporary issues and problems that citizens in those countries are facing today. The students in this class will complete a year-long study of a foreign country culminating in a research paper. The school’s computer cart is often used to assist with research projects and to enhance classroom lectures.
This course is an intermediate art class which focuses on refining drawing and painting skills, as well as exploring creative expression. Students produce a variety of work including modern, assemblage sculpture and as a group construct a three dimensional museum dedicated to their favorite artist. Instruction includes demonstration, handouts, lectures, critiques and an emphasis on creativity and art history.
This course includes the first half of the New Testament beginning with the 4 Gospels and ending with the Apostles’ letters. Students focus on Jesus as the Promised Messiah as they reflect on Old Testament prophecies fulfilled. The course emphasizes Jesus’ life and ministry, suffering and sacrifice, resurrection and ascension.
Students work on character development, play analysis, scene study, and theatrical make-up techniques. They work on both individual and group projects, some with religious reflection incorporated into the assignments. They create monologues and perform them in class. They study a Shakespearian comedy and perform scenes from the play.
This course develops a deeper and more mature examination of literature, grammar, vocabulary, and writing begun in previous courses through lecture, media, and student presentation. In literature, students analyze author technique and synthesize themes, morals, and life lessons, as pulled from the authors’ writing. Students evaluate such themes in light of their faith relationship with Jesus Christ. Grammar expands upon the Parts of Speech and begins to explore syntax and sentence structure. Contextually-based vocabulary expands and deepens. Expository writing is introduced through research papers, projects, and presentations. This course is designed to develop and refine skills introduced at earlier levels, while emphasizing the students’ personal responsibility toward his/her educational progress.
This course is a formal development of the pre-algebraic skills and concepts necessary for students who will take an algebra course. It includes solving equations and inequalities, simplifying and factoring polynomials, simplifying fractions, functions, and radicals. This class features a weekly quiz assessing our weekly assignments as well as math related projects to help supplement our course work.
This course is designed to follow the continuous study of music theory and history that is taught in grades K-6. This course expands the students’ musical theory skills by adding the application of a performance medium from an intermediate to advance level. This course also studies each musical period in larger depth exploring specific composers and their works. While the students study each musical period, they will also look at how music has changed within the church ranging from medieval church times to modern church in America.
This course is designed to help students increase their fitness level, develop a greater appreciation for the physical gifts that they have received from their Creator, and better understand how to efficiently and effectively use those abilities to maintain a healthy life style. Where appropriate, a combination of lecture and instructor demonstration, followed by step-by-step, individual and group drills are used to facilitate learning. Students learn about the cardio/respiratory system, how to prevent heart attack, recognize heart attack symptoms and heart disease risk factors. Students learn the short and long-term physical and mental benefits of regular exercise—to care for the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. An integral part of the learning experience is the application of the basic concepts of body movement, balance, motor skills to team and individual sports to help improve performance, self-image and confidence. The concepts of good sportsmanship and teamwork are also taught as a way to develop a Christ-like character and display a like attitude during competitive interaction with others.
This course includes the basics of biology as the study of life and its Creator. It introduces the functions of plant and animal cells, the process of heredity, and the major parts of the human body and their functions. Students learn about how evolution shapes and changes life within the context of the world as God’s creation. Students also learn about health and how to take care of their bodies. Students enhance their learning through classroom projects and laboratory experiments.
This course is an introduction of the history dating from Medieval Times through today. It encompasses events in Europe, Russia, Asia, and United States. It provides the learners an opportunity to understand their place in time and location. It also provides learners the historical perspectives necessary to analyze contemporary issues and problems that citizens and facing today. Every other year students are offered an opportunity to visit Washington D.C. for a week long living history experience. Toward the end of year students complete a research paper on a historical event occurring in the 19th century. The school’s computer cart is often used to assist with research projects and to enhance classroom lectures.
This course is an advanced art class for the burgeoning artist. Students focus on the following areas of artistic achievement: drawing media, sculpture, acrylic, tempra and mixed media. Instruction in this class includes demonstration, handouts, lectures, critiques and an emphasis on creativity.
This course covers the second half of the New Testament books starting with Jesus’ ascension and ending in the start of the early Christian church in Rome. This course focuses on Jesus as the Promised Messiah, the differences between Judaism and Christianity and the missionary journeys to spread the good news and start the church.
Students review character development, and create a character that is an exact opposite of them. They study a Shakespearian tragedy and direct and perform scenes from the play in class. Students are asked to reflect on their religious views and worldview by keeping a weekly journal. They focus on design concepts in make-up, costume, and set design. They also learn the skills necessary for putting together a professional style resume.
This course develops a deeper and more mature examination of literature, grammar, vocabulary, and writing begun in previous courses through lecture, media, and student presentation, with the goal of insuring the student’s readiness for high school. Literature explores deeper issues through the perspective of Christian beliefs and includes four novels in addition to the literature anthology. Student writing focuses more intentionally on expository concerns, culminating with a MLA-format research paper. Vocabulary and grammar continue to underpin the student’s daily work. This course is designed to develop and refine skills introduced at earlier levels. Greater emphasis is placed upon writing skills.
This course is a formal development of the algebraic skills and concepts 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. This class features a weekly quiz assessing our weekly assignments as well as math related projects to help supplement our course work.
This course is the designed to follow the continuous study of music theory and history that taught in seventh grade. This course however, focuses on increasing the students’ music theory knowledge by expanding onto basic compositional techniques, and using those skills to then composes melodies. These melodies are then performed and explained by each students using proper music terminology. The course also presents an array of musical examples from each musical period in order to aid the student in the proper classification of works from those different music periods. While the students study each musical period, they will also look at how music has changed within the church ranging from medieval church times through the modern American church.
This course is designed to help students increase their ability to maintain extended periods of physical activity and understand the concepts and application of injury prevention techniques. Where appropriate, a combination of lecture and instructor demonstration, followed by step-by-step, individual and group drills is used to facilitate learning. Range of motion and force application, weight training for toning and strength, fitness program principles and fitness management guidelines are also taught. The concepts of heart rate training range measurement, weight training for strength, aerobic and anaerobic exercise programs are also explored as a way to care for the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. Students will learn about the cardio/respiratory system, how to prevent heart attack, recognize heart attack symptoms and heart disease risk factors. The concepts of good sportsmanship and teamwork are also taught as a way to develop a Christ-like character and display a like-attitude during competitive interaction with others.
This course includes the basics of chemistry and molecular structure and interactions. Major themes include elements and compounds, chemical reactions, bonding, motion and forces. Students explore how God set the Earth’s chemistry apart from that of other planets. Students learn about the composition of food and biological compounds as well as trash and biodegradation. Students apply chemistry to their daily lives and begin to understand the impact their decisions will have on generations to come. In addition, the scientific method is used to approach problems and laboratory investigations.
This course is an introduction to the United States History. It allows students to read historical content drawn from United States History. It provides the learners an opportunity to understand their place in time and location. It gives an understanding and a historical aspect in at least five spheres of human activity: the social, political, scientific/technological, economic, and cultural. It also provides learners the historical perspectives necessary to analyze contemporary issues and problems that citizens are facing today. Every other year seventh and eighth grade students are offered an opportunity to visit Washington D.C. for a week long living history experience. Students in this class will end the year with a research project on a U.S. President and first lady. The school’s computer cart is often used to assist with research projects and to enhance classroom lectures.
Eighth Period Electives
Trinity Christian Academy Middle School offers wonderful year long opportunities to our students who would like to continue their growth in the visual and performing arts, physical education, and foreign language outside of their required core classes.
The students have opportunities to sing in the choir, play in the band, percussion or guitar ensembles, and dance. Students can also take art classes, foreign language, and physical education or have time to work on their academics in a study hall.
Trinity Christian Academy Middle School is proud to offer this elective period to our students. It gives the students a great chance to either explore new interests or deepen skills the already posses. One of our goals is that our students try different classes and activities to help them find the gift and talents that God has given them. Our pray is that they use their gifts and talents for His glory in Middle School and as they grow into men and women in our communities.
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.
Band is available to students who are interested in playing any wind or percussion type instrument. The band performs anywhere from four to five major concerts a year at theTrinity Christian Academy campus. The class is designed to take intermediate players and prepare them for a more advanced study of their instrument. Students in this course are encouraged to take private lessons to further enhance their music skills on a very personal level, but are not required. Students provide their own instrument and supplementary materials.
The students in this class are selected by audition and range from 4th through 8th grade. The Academy Chorus meets three times a week during school hours, and performs regularly. The chorus performs both sacred and secular music, and sings numerous genres of music including gospel, Broadway and classical. The City of Garden Grove has had the Shepherd’s Grove Chorus appear at major city events. TheTrinity Christian Academy Chorus has also performed with the UCLA and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras, and in world-renowned venues like the Carnegie Hall. Class time consist of singing and learning how to read music. During this time the students prepare songs for monthly performances.
Dance atTrinity Christian Academy is designed for the student who is seeking to explore the diverse world of dance as a form of artistic expression. This class provides a safe and supportive environment for the student to explore the basics of dance technique and terminology while engaging the body in physical activity. Through a diverse range of exercises and combinations, the students increase their flexibility and strength, develop rhythmic awareness, and creatively explore movement as a form of physical expression.
The drama productions give students the opportunity for students to audition and perform in at least two productions a year. The course offers two dramatic works, and one musical that middle school students are eligible to take part in. Students learn different acting styles and techniques per production.
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 will focus on playing drum rudiments on the snare drum; with this there are weekly quizzes on the playing assignments, and on rhythm melodic notation. Towards the second part of the semester, the class is divided into different ensembles; there, we work on percussion ensemble pieces that are performed in the Christmas program in the Cathedral. 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 will learn to play a string instrument, have fun, make new friends, and perform in several concerts throughout the year. The benefits of taking strings include: building teamwork, and performing live chamber music.
Explores creative expression, historical and cultural context, aesthetic valuing, connections, relationships and applications.
Art lab is a beginning painting class that focuses on specific styles and genres throughout art history. For each style and genre studied students create a unique art composition. The course also teaches students to explore genre, style, concepts and aesthetic valuing. Students demonstrate an understanding of painting techniques, elements of art and principles of design.
Basic Art is an introduction to Chinese brush painting that focuses on traditional subject matter, and explores the philosophy/theory of painting. This class allows students to develop an appreciation for the culture and tradition behind this ancient art form. Students have the opportunity to explore the art and theory of Chinese brush painting while creating traditional and original works of art.
Trinity Christian Academy & Trinity Christian High School belongs to the Christian Athletic League of Orange County. This league is an association of approximately fifteen Christian middle 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.
TCA & TCHS offer three sports within the context of our membership in CALOC. Boys and girls are eligible to play on aTCA & TCHSteam providing they meet minimum academic standards and whose parents submit the required permission and consent forms prior to the start of the season. Seasons of competition consist of 5 – 9 games, plus playoffs (if qualified by win-loss record).
Coaches are normally selected from among the school faculty/staff members who have experience playing a particular sport or who have some coaching experience or both. This provides additional opportunity for teachers to provide positive reinforcement outside of the classroom and to aid in the athletic development of our students. Technical skills related to team sports participation are both explained verbally as well as demonstrated by the coaches to ensure adequate understanding of what is required to improve performance and achieve competitive excellence.
Fall Season (Sep – Nov): Eight man flag football.
Winter Season (Jan – Mar): Basketball.
Spring Season (Mar – May): Volleyball.
Fall Season (Sep – Nov): Basketball
Winter Season (Jan – Mar): Volleyball
Spring Season (Mar – May): Fast pitch softball
Extra Curricular Activities
This is designed for students who excel in art and have received scholarship for art instruction from the school. Students study a variety of art mediums such as painting, sculpture, print, drawing, and design.
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 be graded on their leadership, attendance, performance, and organization skills.
Students are given the opportunity to audition and perform in at least two productions a year. We offer one dramatic work and one musical production that students may take part in. Students learn different acting styles and techniques per production.
Students have an opportunity to develop an appreciation of music. With one on one instruction, students learn basic, intermediate, and advanced levels of music theory and comprehension, as well as piano playing skills, and sight reading. Students may also perform at recitals and various functions throughout the school year.
Learn to play an instrument, have fun, make new friendships, and perform. The many benefits include: importance of teamwork, and performing live chamber music for your friends and family.
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.