High School 9th-12th Grades

In a College-Style School®, the goal of high school courses is to equip our teens to think critically, analyze information, compare it to their worldview (formed in concert with their parents), and decide upon their response.  In short, we want to encourage our students to think independently, while identifying Truth and Wisdom in this overloaded Information Age.

Students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in the Core Program will earn five credits each year.  The fifth credit is folded into our History programs where students will earn speech, logic, geography, or worldview credits, depending on their grade level.

High School Course Sequence by Subject:

MATH

  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus

In the state of Texas, students need four math credits, but may stop at Algebra 2 by studying Algebra 1, Geometry, or Algebra 2 over two years, and the second year is the equivalent of a Math Applications course. 

SCIENCE

  • Biology
  • Earth & Space Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

History

  • World History with Speech and Logic
  • Western Civilization with World Geography
  • American History with US Geography
  • Government and Economics with Apologetics/Worldviews

English

  • Ancient Literature, and Speech/Communications
  • British Literature
  • American Literature
  • World Literature

All courses include writing instruction and grammar review.

Students earn a total of 20 credits through our two-day Core Program.  The remaining six credits are earned through our Core Plus Program and Partners, and students choose from a variety of course options.

The six credits earned via Core Plus Partners:
2 credits – Foreign Language
1 credit – Fine Arts – music, art, drama/theatre
1 credit – Sports/PE
2 credit – Additional electives

See our Core Plus page for more information.

High School Course Sequence by Level:

Math

All Math courses use ALEKS, an online math program, in a math lab with a dedicated math instructor available to help students when needed.

Science

 

9th Grade:  Biology, using BJUPress Biology text.
10th Grade:  Earth & Space Science, using The Heavens and The Earth: Excursions in Earth and Space Science, Gollmer et al.
11th Grade:  Chemistry, using A Beka.
12th Grade:  Physics, using A Beka.

All Science courses are lab courses, and students meet in the lab once per week and the classroom once per week.

History/Humanities

Our History courses provide TWO credits, with some additional work by the student.

9th Grade:

  • World History – Ancients through Middle Ages
  • Logic, Communications.

10th Grade:

  • Western Civilization – Middle Ages through Modern
  • World Geography – Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania

11th Grade:

  • US History
  • Geography of the Americas, North, Central and South

12th Grade:

  • Government & Economics
  • Apologetics/Worldviews

English

9th:  Ancient Literature, and Speech/Communications

10th:  British Literature; literary analysis

11th: American Literature, creative writing; analytical writing

10th:  World Literature, Senior Research paper.

All courses include writing instruction and grammar review.

Five credits are earned each year of high school via the Core Program for a total of 20 core credits.  The remaining required 6 credits are earned via the Core Plus Program.

For additional information, contact the School Director at leslie.kent@trinityprepkeller.org

Graduation Credits

High School Graduation Requirements

At Trinity Prep, and at any College-Style School® (CSS), the student’s education is a partnership between school and family.  Trinity Prep families are free to make educational decisions for their children without state testing, state reporting, or state mandates for curricula, class hours, or other requirements.  Learn more about this partnership by visiting The Parents’ Role and Family Commitments.

Trinity Prep’s role is to provide course content that meets state or national standards.  The content of all of our Core Courses in Middle and High School levels is on par with full-time public and private schools.

The Texas Recommended Graduation Plan for high school students requires 26 credits, including:
4 in English
4 in Math
4 in Science
4 in Social Studies (Humanities)
0.5 Speech
All of these credits are part of the Trinity Prep Core program. The Core Program also includes: 

1.0 Western Civilization
1.0 US Geography
0.5 Logic
1.0 Worldview/Apologetics

Credits that Trinity Prep high schoolers earn through our Core Plus Program:

2 credits in Foreign Language
1 credits in Fine Arts
1 credit in PE
2 credits in various electives

Dual Credit Options

Trinity Prep students can earn dual credit for college in one of two ways:
  1. AP/CLEP testing.  Students sit for one of these exams at the end of the course.  These are College Board exams, and passing scores can earn college credit (at the discretion of the college).
  2. via our online courses, which includes dual credit courses accepted for college credit at six partner Christian colleges.
All Trinity Prep high school courses are college prep.  However, we offer an Honors track in History and English, and an accelerated track in Math, for students who wish to prepare more specifically for dual credit testing at the end of the course.  In Science, the dual credit track is to study more in-depth via AP or CLEP prep books the material included in our course. 
For the college-bound student, it is critical that he or she consider taking high school classes that can yield dual credit for three reasons:
  1. Many colleges will award credit for qualifying AP or CLEP test scores, and accept dual credit courses from our partner colleges (online option).
  2. An AP or CLEP test score or online dual credit course strengthens the student’s transcript, in consideration for college admission and scholarships.
  3. This additional dual credit work demonstrates the student’s superior effort, commitment, and college-readiness.

Whether dual credit will be accepted at colleges for credit is a complex topic. Many do, but many don’t.  Colleges have full discretion on whether to award credit at their institution for community college classes, other colleges, or AP/CLEP test results (with the exception of State schools: they must accept state community college credits).  Even colleges which offer credit for dual credit courses will not necessarily offer any credit within the student’s chosen degree program – the credit will be considered an elective.

At Trinity Prep, we recommend college-bound students study for dual credit tests.  Trinity Prep provides high school planning guidance through each year of high school to assist students and parents in choosing the best options to prepare for the future.

For additional information on dual credit options at Trinity Prep, contact the Student Affairs Director:  claire.bancroft@trinityprepkeller.org.