As the founder of Trinity Christian Academy, I can testify to the challenges of opening a Christian college-prep school. While the first classes in 1993 would be grades 1-4 with only ten children, I knew that tuition alone wouldn't make this dream a reality. I wanted the tuition to be affordable for all families, not just the most affluent. God used one grandmother, with her gift of love for her grandchild and the other children in this community, to make TCA become a reality. A school that partnered with the community, parents, and staff to create a life-altering experience for the students in a Christian academic environment was born. In 2009-10 we have 436 students enrolled.
We wanted to make sure families of all economic backgrounds had an opportunity to attend Trinity Christian. We have accomplished this by keeping tuition affordable and financial aid/scholarships available. Today, 25% of our students receive some type of financial aid. In almost every graduating class, 100% of our students went on to higher education with a very large percentage qualifying for scholarships.
I am sure the grandmother, who planted the seed to make TCA possible, could never have visualized how much her gift would blossom. Having read the TCA story, won't you join this grandmother, and help us expand and better serve the families in our community? I will never consider this school a success until the day comes when I no longer turn away a single child or family. Then, I will know that we have come full circle, and that God truly has graced Trinity Christian Academy.
Dr. Marsha Barber
TRINITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
It's sometimes referred to as the "school on the hill." And while many people in Parker County may be able to tell you the location of the school, others would prefer relating a story of what happens there.
Mission statements reflect the reason why an organization exists. They generally are produced to satisfy requirements for incorporation and later become the basis by which an institution is evaluated by others.
The mission of Trinity Christian Academy is dedicated to excellence in education, character, and leadership through a Christ-centered, Biblical perspective. The school exists to help each student fulfill God's purpose for his or her life and reach maximum potential in a joint effort between school, student, and family.
But the heart of the school is in what is seen each day. It is seen in the attitudes of everyone you see when visiting the campus, including administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The family atmosphere is experienced when passing through the parking lot when students are being dropped off, in the hallways, and in classrooms. The emphasis upon relationships and working together can be seen everywhere. Words like caring, competent, loving, supportive, encouraging, and helpful are consistently used to define the soul of a school that lives its mission.
More significantly, the mission of Trinity is lived by
students. High school students are required to complete up to 20 hours of community ministry and elementary students choose a mission project each year as a class.
The vision of Trinity is seen in the transformation that occurs when the lives and hearts of boys and girls are changed, when a thoroughly biblical education and life experience come together, when knowledge moves to understanding, and serving God and man are the fruit of abiding in Christ.
Our vision will be reflected in the workplaces where our students serve, in the homes they build, in the churches where they worship, and in the communities where they live. The "fingerprints" of a Trinity Christian educational experience will be seen in the places where our graduates have been, the impact they have left.
Our vision is reflected in spiritual sensitivity, academic success, and professional competency. Industries, communities, and churches will experience the hearts and talents of those we have served and who have become a part of the TCA tradition.
Our school will reach a maximum enrollment of nearly 600 by 2013, cutting edge academic programs will be added, and the spiritual climate enriched. The school will maintain a scholarship endowment to make it possible for any eligible student to attend and a faculty endowment that will enable us to recruit the best academically and spiritually qualified candidates.
There will be changes at Trinity but one thing will remain forever the same: the enduring commitment to God's word and the mission to which we have been entrusted!