Philosophy

Academic excellence is a core foundation of a Trinity Hall education. We are committed to small classes led by dedicated teachers who exhibit rigorous academic preparation, enthusiasm for teaching and learning, and concern and appreciation for each student.

We value a curriculum that blends traditional instruction with thoughtful innovation, and we cherish both individual achievement and successful collaboration. We expect students to master information, use technology effectively, and develop the critical thinking skills that support life-long learning. Trinity Hall recognizes the importance of parents who are involved with their daughters’ education and encourages them to work in partnership with the school.

Course of Study

Humanities: English, History, Theology

Mission: Trinity Hall’s Humanities Team empowers students to appreciate and understand the historical, cultural, theological, and literary contexts of their global society through an interdisciplinary approach that encourages 21st century skills.

Goals: The goal of the Humanities Team is to challenge students to become

  • critical thinkers and creative problem solvers through careful research and
    analysis of information;
  • effective communicators through oral and written means for a variety of
    audiences and purposes;
  • life-long learners who understand the value of collaboration, diversity, and
    integrity;
  • responsible and moral citizens who apply their understanding of the past
    to evaluate and respond to present and future issues in society.

GRADE 9: English I: Literature & Composition

During freshman year, students will explore a wide variety of literary genres, ranging from the classical texts of Homer and Shakespeare to modern-day novels and poetry. Students will also learn to write for different audiences and purposes, with an emphasis on literary analysis, while improving their oral communication and collaboration skills as well through frequent class discussions, group projects, and presentations. English I aims to teach students the foundational skills of close reading, critical thinking and effective writing, including grammar and vocabulary enrichment.

GRADE 10: English II: Modern Global Literature

During sophomore year, students will study contemporary works from various countries and cultures including novels, short stories, poetry, and non-fiction texts. English II emphasizes 20th and 21st century literature as a representation of historical conflicts and theological events. Students will continue to improve critical thinking skills and utilize writing as a means of self-expression and formal communication.

GRADE 10: Etymology

Etymology is a one-term required course for sophomores that will meet four times per 10-day cycle. By definition, etymology means the study of word origins. In this course, we will focus primarily on the Latin and Greek roots of the English language in order to expand students’ vocabulary by improving their understanding of a wide variety of prefixes, base words, and suffixes that are derived from Latin and Greek. The overall goals of the course are to help students read with greater understanding, write with more sophistication, and succeed in school, on standardized tests, and in their future professions.

GRADE 11: English III: American Literature (AP)

Complementing students’ study of US History and the American Catholic Church, English III will focus on American Literature. Through their close analysis of canonical fiction and non-fiction texts ranging from our country’s colonial times to present day, students will prepare for the AP Language & Composition exam, which requires a keen understanding of rhetorical style and effective analytical and argumentative writing. As the culminating experience of English III, students will engage in a challenging journey of self-exploration and reflection in order to write an autobiographical essay.

GRADE 12: English IV: Electives (AP)

As seniors, students will take three one-term college-level English courses built around a common theme or genre of literature (for example: British Literature, Drama, Minority Voices, Women Writers, Faith in Literature, Coming of Age, etc.). By the end of the year, all seniors will be required to write a Senior Thesis, a lengthy exploration of a work of their choice that provides clear evidence of the critical thinking and writing skills they have developed during their career at Trinity Hall. Select students may choose to take the AP Literature & Composition exam in May of their senior year.

GRADE 9: World History I

The study of history helps us to understand who we are, where we came from, and what our future may hold. World History I will help students develop a deeper understanding of the forces that shaped our world and make connections between historical events and the present day. Through a Western perspective, students will explore major social, political, economic, and cultural achievements throughout the world from the dawn of history through the turn of the 20th century. Throughout the course, students will work to develop writing, researching, and critical thinking skills. Students will also build vocabulary, note-taking, and study skills.

GRADE 10: World History II (AP)

World History II will lend students a global perspective on past and contemporary history through an integrated, thematic study of primary and secondary sources. The course will complement the Western perspective of World History I offered in the freshman year of study, highlighting change and continuity, cause and effect, and comparison and contrast among the major developments of human societies in interregional and cross-chronological contexts. By the end of the sophomore year of study, students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement exam in world history, administered by the College Board in May.

GRADE 11: US History (AP)

The US History course will deepen students’ understanding of United States history from the period of colonization through the present day. Through analysis of various primary and secondary sources, students will build on foundational knowledge learned in their World History courses about the U.S. role in the world and will continue to deepen their understanding of the American identity, social and economic life, and political change and continuity over time. By the end of the junior year of study, students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement exam in U.S. history, administered by the College Board in May.

GRADE 12: AP Electives

Select seniors will be invited to take additional AP-level history courses. Based on student interest, faculty and administration will determine the course offerings, which may include:

  • AP European History
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Art History

GRADE 9: Theology I

Theology I is designed to help students learn more about the Catholic faith, the church, and their own relationship with God. The course focuses on the foundations of the Catholic Church’s beliefs and teachings, the Old Testament Scripture, and the Christian churches at the time of the reformation.

GRADE 10: Theology II

As students living in a global society, it is important to gain an understanding of other religions. Theology II will explore a variety of religions practiced around the world as well as the church’s response to global conflicts, particularly in the 20th century. Students’ knowledge of world religions will enhance their understanding of the world history and literature they are studying as sophomores.

GRADE 11: Theology III

To complement students’ study of American history and literature during junior year, Theology III will focus on the American Catholic church experience and the role the students have in the church today. Students will explore the moral life of a believer, examining morality issues as addressed by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops as well as the institutional church.

GRADE 12: Theology IV

As Trinity Hall girls prepare to graduate, they will closely consider their role in the church. Students will study church documents that focus on the laity’s role in the life of the church, particularly the role of women in the church.

 

STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Mission: STEM at Trinity Hall is studied by a student-centered, inquiry-based interdisciplinary approach that encourages active participation, collaboration, and 21st century skills. Students are empowered to take ownership of the material, making connections on their own and sharing their insights (and questions) with the group. This move from a lecture-based model to a collaborative approach challenges students to become risk-takers and transforms their analytical and research skills, preparing them for a lifetime of problem-solving.

Core Beliefs: The Trinity Hall STEM Team adopts the following core beliefs:

  • Scientific experimentation is a powerful tool to engage students in both the content and processes of science by providing a practical perspective and logical connection to theoretical concepts.
  • Algebra skills are critical for modeling and problem-solving, and a deep, conceptual understanding of the algebra fundamentals is necessary to develop a solid foundation for all upper-level coursework.
  • Geometry (in two and three dimensions) should be integrated across topics at all levels and include coordinate and transformational
    approaches.
  • The study of discrete mathematics (including vectors, matrices, probability, combinatorics, and statistical data analysis) should be
    integrated into core courses.
  • Computer and calculator-based activities, including basic coding, are fundamental to the experience of our courses.
  • All concepts should be explored graphically, numerically, analytically, and verbally.
  • Developing a wide range of problem-solving strategies is central to all courses so that students will welcome and be prepared for new challenges whose outcomes are unknown.

GRADE 9: Physics

This first-year physics course will focus on introducing students to the language of physics as well as the motion of bodies, both large and small. Models and graphical analysis are used to explain the phenomena of motion. Hands-on explorations using math and technology are incorporated to gain well-rounded knowledge of physics concepts. Students will accumulate data, construct graphs and develop mathematical models to describe the physical world. Lab activities are designed to develop skills in experimental design and data analysis.

GRADE 10: Chemistry

This course will focus on developing an awareness of chemistry as an integral part of everyday life by building a proficiency in critical and creative thinking. Students will acquire a clear understanding of key chemistry concepts and skills, and master important processes and safety techniques through laboratory investigations. Inquiry-based methods for delivering content will enhance their learning of basic and advanced facts, formulas, and foundational principles of chemistry.

GRADES 11 and 12: Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics or AP Biology

Upper level science students will have the opportunity to tailor their coursework to their individual strengths. Building upon a solid background in both physics and chemistry, students can expand their scientific knowledge with a course in Biology or AP Biology, or choose to couple science courses for advanced proficiency. Emphasis will be placed on developing mastery of concepts through problem solving and inquiry-based investigations to refine their ability to question, make observations and predictions, design experiments, analyze data, and communicate findings.

GRADE 9: Engineering I: Creative Design Process

This introductory course is designed to promote an understanding and appreciation of the engineering design process by giving the students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of key concepts in design through activity-based and project-based learning. Using a teamwork approach, students will build their interpersonal skills while acquiring skills in research and analysis, communication methods, global and human impacts, and technical documentation.

GRADE 10: Engineering II: Creative Design Theory

The second-year course will help students understand the field of engineering from a more detailed perspective, exploring how engineers use scientific principles to solve problems. Using activities, projects and problems, students model how engineers use math, science and technology in an engineering problem-solving process to benefit people. The course also addresses concerns about social and political consequences of technological change.

GRADE 11: Engineering III: Innovative Design Technology

The third-year course is based on a model of learning that incorporates knowledge, research skills and design principles in problem-solving contexts. Students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a valid open-ended technical problem by applying the engineering design process. At the same time it provides details about materials and processes, and develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.

GRADE 12: Advanced Engineering

The final year of engineering is a specialized course designed to introduce students to the high-tech, innovative nature of modern manufacturing. Computer-aided manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation are the core elements to this final course with project-based work using three-dimensional solid modeling software for problem solving. This capstone course will culminate in a major technical project that will incorporate experts from the field and a final presentation to an external panel.

GRADE 9: Mathematics I

This integrated course develops facility in working with numbers, tables, equations and inequalities (linear and quadratic), coordinate geometry, exponents and radicals. The focus is on solving word problems and reading carefully, and thus the building of algebra and geometry skills arises naturally from context, instead of from drill-and-practice. Students learn how to use the TI-Nspire CX CAS graphing calculator as a problem-solving tool. In addition, students undertake various projects and hands-on labs (including ones in coordination with Grade 9 Physics) that require them to collect data, make conjectures, and draw conclusions.

GRADE 10: Mathematics II

The second-year course is an intensive in geometry and Algebra 2 topics, focused on how geometry interplays with algebra. Students investigate lines, polygons, and vectors. Right-triangle trigonometry is developed, as are circles and parabolas. Linear motion is explored, leading to the use of parametric functions (requiring the frequent use of computers and graphing calculators). A dynamic vision of geometry is further encouraged by viewing similarity and congruence through transformations.

GRADE 11: Mathematics III

This integrated precalculus course enables students to expand their view of algebra and geometry to include nonlinear motion and functions. The investigation encompasses circular motion and the trigonometric functions that describe it, ellipses and hyperbolas, exponential and logarithmic functions, dot products and matrices, and geometry on the surface of the Earth. To prepare for senior-level mathematics, combinatorics and recursion are introduced. Approximation behavior, especially instantaneous rates of change and slopes of nonlinear graphs, will end the course and lead to calculus.

GRADE 12: Mathematics IV (AP)

This course takes an inductive approach to calculus. Working within contexts whenever possible, key concepts are developed with applications in mind. Students learn to read the language of differential equations and to appreciate that the two principal divisions of calculus—differential (rate problems) and integral (accumulation problems)—are unified by the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students who are enrolled in Mathematics 4 will be prepared to take the AP Exam in Calculus AB, with limited sections of the course also preparing for Calculus BC topics.

World Languages: French, Spanish, Online School For Girls

Mission: The World Language courses at Trinity Hall facilitate a class structure built around the four main skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The classes aim for target language instruction only. Cultural comparisons, connections, and global outreach are a priority throughout the scope and sequence of the students’ language learning journey. There is a three-year language requirement; however, a fourth year is highly recommended.

Core Values:

  • Development of Trinity Hall students as global citizens
  • Innovative and high-quality instruction and academic support
  • Meaningful connections among languages, cultures, daily life and different
    world views
  • Collaboration, integrity, foresight, creativity, and enthusiasm in learners

The Online School for Girls provides an exceptional all-girls educational experience by connecting girls worldwide through relevant and engaging coursework in a dynamic online learning community. This program, which supplements the Trinity Hall World Language offerings, is a consortium effort of more than 70 of the best nationally and internationally known schools. The Online School for Girls is fully accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools through December 1, 2018, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the National Business Officers Association (NBOA), the National Coalition of Girls’ School (NCGS), and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).

GRADE 9: Spanish I / French I

  • Prerequisite: None

Spanish I / French I is a beginning course in the foreign language and culture. In this course students will learn basic communication skills that are useful for daily life conversations (including greetings; telling the time, date and weather; expressing likes and dislikes; describing people, places and things; etc.). Students will develop basic proficiency in the four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The course also introduces the diverse cultures of the Spanish / French -speaking world.

GRADES 9 and 10: Spanish II / French II

  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish I / French I or by teacher placement.

Spanish II / French II is a beginning/intermediate course in foreign language and culture. In this course students will expand their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will further develop their communication skills by learning how to describe their daily routines, childhoods, family celebrations, pastimes, etc. There is a strong emphasis on grammar and verb tenses in this course. In addition students will broaden their knowledge of Spanish / French -speaking countries and cultures.

GRADES 9, 10 and 11: Spanish III / French III

  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish II / French II or by teacher placement.

Spanish III / French III is designed to bring the students to a level where they are able to satisfy most survival needs and many social demands. They should be able to show increased spontaneity in speaking. Accuracy is stressed. Students have fair control of basic grammar, including the tense forms, when communicating. Students will learn to discuss leisure time activities and other topics beyond survival needs. Writing will include some basic essays, reports, summaries and translations. They will read a collection of stories and myths to supplement the text and improve the acquisition of vocabulary.

GRADES 10, 11 and 12: Spanish IV / French IV

  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish III / French III or by teacher placement.

Spanish IV / French IV is an advanced course in Spanish / French language and culture. In this course we will have a strong focus on Spanish / French literature and expand on all of the skills students have learned. Grammar and writing skills will be reviewed and refined in context.

GRADES 11 and 12: AP Spanish / AP French

  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of Spanish III or IV / French III or IV.

This is a university-level Spanish / French course. Students communicate solely and exclusively in the target language, and exposure to instruction, reading and auditory input is also entirely in Spanish / French. Grammar and vocabulary review is extensive. Students explore the arts, history, psychology, current events, culture, and literature. Writing skills learned include organization, analysis and synthesis of various topics. Supplementary materials for students include textbooks, authentic written texts, internet sources, radio edits, and music. Podcast and voice-recording technology is used frequently for auditory input and oral assessment. Students should expect to master their abilities to respond to and express ideas—in both formal and informal communication modes—with accuracy, fluency, and confidence. Students also prepare for success on the College Board’s Advanced Placement examination in May.

GRADES 11 and 12: Film & Literature

Film & Literature is an elective course for upper-level students who demonstrate interest and ability in Spanish / French arts.

GRADES 11 and 12: Oral Communication

Oral Communication is an elective course for upper-level students who express interest in becoming better oral communica-tors both formally and informally.

GRADES 9, 10, 11 and 12: Spanish / French for Native Speakers

  • Prerequisite: Exposure to/speaks Spanish / French at home but has never been through classes in school; placement by teacher recommendation.

This course is tailored to build upon the existing skills of students who have grown up in an environment exposed to Spanish / French. Students will learn about and improve their linguistic abilities. Areas of focus will include basic grammatical structure and orthography through reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Through a variety of media, students will also explore culture, geography, history, current events, and literature of the Spanish / French-speaking world. This class will be taught exclusively in the target language. This class is offered to students of any grade level. Upon completion of this course, teachers will recommend the appropriate subsequent level of Spanish / French study.

Reading

  • Guided readings of Spanish / French texts: news, magazine and internet articles
  • Literary analysis of texts: short stories, novel excerpts, and poems
  • Peer editing of essay writing
  • Reading comprehension exercises
  • Speaking
  • Exclusive use of Spanish / French
  • Daily question-and-answer practice as class warm-up / introduction or closure to a topic, which is prompted by pictures, quotes, expressions, short news clips (written and audible)
  • Class discussions and debates
  • Extemporaneous speaking, simulations
  • Brief current events class presentations via technology
  • Paired and guided conversations, which imitate a phone or in-person conversation

Listening

  • Class conducted in Spanish / French
  • Spanish / French -language authentic sources: videos, tapes, music, audio news clips
  • Guided lectures and listening comprehensions

Writing

  • Introduction writing
  • Argumentative writing
  • Expository writing
  • Conclusion writing
  • Short, personal, creative compositions (100 words or more)
  • Written summaries or reaction papers
  • Essay writing (350 words or more)
  • Journal writing

Arts: Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts

Mission: Trinity Hall’s Arts Team fosters an environment where students embark on an adventure of intense exploration. The students get to choose how they want to broaden their artistic voice with several offerings in the Visual and Performing Arts. Trinity Hall strives to offer unique programs that embrace traditional arts selections and enhances the traditional with unique experiences in music, dance, drama, and the digital arts. A student who participates in the Arts program at Trinity Hall will build artistic confidence that will serve them well in all of their future academic endeavors.

Core Beliefs: The Trinity Hall Arts Team adopts the following core beliefs:

  • Art distinguishes us as human beings.
  • Physical and emotional engagement in the arts enriches performance in everyday life.
  • Creativity flows from a dynamic between rigor, intellect, and intuition when participating in arts education.
  • Experiencing the creative process as fostered by an arts education will allow creativity to flow readily in traditional subject areas.
  • Cross-cultural understanding of artistic principles plays a central role in contemporary learning.
  • The diversity of cultures, genres, periods, styles, and viewpoints presented in the arts accentuates the global vision of the 21st-century student.
  • Communication skills are best developed through the arts.

GRADE 9: Theatre I

In this course the students will have an introduction to performance through improvisation. Our work will be based on the teachings of Viola Spolin, the founder of the improvisational movement in the U.S. Spolin developed acting exercises that unleash creativity, focused “play”, confidence, and self expression. Throughout the trimester we will explore different aspects of characterization and storytelling, and finally move into public speaking. Teaching students to “think on their feet” with confidence is an ability that will not only aid them in performance, but in most aspects of their educational career.

GRADE 10: Theatre II

In this course students will build on the skills they developed in Theatre I and then proceed to deepen their theatrical knowledge to include scene work. We will begin with writing scenes down that are born out of improvisation and then move on to the written word of several playwrights. The students will explore characterization and use the methods of renowned acting teachers such as Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, and Michael Chekov to learn different ways to approach performance.

GRADES 11 and 12: Performing Arts Electives

There will be multiple Performing Arts elective course offerings in the years to come.

GRADE 9: Foundations of Drawing I

Traditional Art studio encourages investigation of drawing media and techniques with expressive possibilities. This beginning drawing course develops students’ observation skills through experimentation with various media. Projects are based on the elements of art and principles of design. Students will acquire skills necessary for further upper-level art courses.

GRADE 10: Basic Graphic Design and Photography

Fine art and technology are blending. The computer is used as another extension of the artist’s hand. This course will engage the students in tearing apart and re-imagining some of the visual art principles housed under the digital art umbrella. Projects will enhance students’ confidence using some basic graphic computer applications in order to create digital imagery that will be used as a form of visual communication to express an idea or theme.

GRADES 11 and 12: Visual Arts Electives

There will be multiple Visual Arts elective course offerings in the years to come.

GRADE 9: Music I

Students will gain skills in performance and theory and develop their musicianship as they learn and study a wide variety of musical literature. Genres include musical theatre, pop, liturgical, patriotic, and a cappella. The following performance skills for ensemble/choral singing will be stressed: warm-up technique, proper breathing, vocal production, blend and balance, expansion of range, ear training, and sight-reading. Theory skills will include note names, note and rest values, basic rhythm, dynamic markings, and general musical vocabulary. Participation in various performance opportunities is a requirement of the class.

GRADE 10: Music and Art Appreciation

Students explore music and art through several major time periods in history to gain an understanding of the role music and art plays in society. Connecting with their knowledge gained in history classes, students will be able to identify different periods of art and music as well as the major artists of those periods.

GRADE 10: Dance

In this course the students will execute the studied basic steps of contemporary dance, in the style of Jose Limon, Merce Cunningham, and Isadora Duncan, and display correct position alignment, both in static and dynamic movements. They will perform basic combinations of contemporary dance, executing movements and articulating terminology and basic principles used in the study of modern dance technique as well as some jazz-infused accents.

 

Athletics and Wellness

Trinity Hall is a member of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) and the New Jersey Independent School Athletic Association (NJIAAA), and competes against public, parochial, and independent schools in Monmouth County and throughout the state. Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year our athletic teams will compete in the Shore Conference. Our athletic teams include: cross country, soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball, swimming, winter track, spring track, golf, lacrosse, and crew (club). Additional offerings will be provided as the school population grows and if interest exists.

Athletics, in conjunction with Health and Wellness program, play an important role in the lives of Trinity Hall students. Our competitive sports program and physical fitness activities encourage the enjoyment of the mental, physical and moral balance through the learning that stems from teamwork, self-sacrifice and perseverance.

Fitness classes include a general gym class, Pilates, yoga, and Zumba.