Trinity Christian School teaches the Alberta Education curriculum, using it as a vehicle to accomplish our primary goal of equipping students to be responsive and responsible disciples of Christ in this world.
Daily devotions and Bible classes complement the exploring of God's world through the study of various subjects and themes. Materials to support these explorations come from Alberta Education approved resources as well as from Christian Schools International resources. In addition, our teachers are encouraged to develop their own units and they have opportunities to do this with colleagues at other schools. Each unit acknowledges, reflects and seeks to develop a Christian way of life.
Students in Grades 1 through 9 study: Language Arts, Mathematics, Unit Studies (Science and Social Studies), Fine Arts (Music, Art, Drama), Health & Physical Education and Bible. Second Language instruction is now mandatory for Grades 4 through 9. TCS currently offers French.
The Junior High curriculum also includes option classes. TCS offers options in Career and Technology Studies, Environmental and Outdoor Education, Fine and Performing Arts and Religious studies.
For the past two years we have been working closely with other PACS schools in grade levels meetings specifically dealing with the new Social Studies curriculum and the challenges that come with implementing a new program of studies. In response to feedback from the first two years, our third year is that we develop and implement a professional development program in partnership with TC2 (the Critical Thinking Consortium), Calgary Christian School and Trinity Christian School.
Our focus this third year includes infusing Critical Thinking into all of our subjects. Teachers have been divided into Math/Science teams and a Humanities team as we seek to explore key strategies and look at tweaking our current teaching to really instill the habits of mind and critical thinking skills our students need. Through joint meetings between the two schools and on-site coaching with a TC2 representative, we will seek to implement mini-challenges and critical challenges into our teaching. Teachers will be encouraged to articulate: What is the Essential Question you have for your classroom this year? What is the essential question you have about your own teaching practice this year?