The curriculum of the Lower School (grades K – 4) is sequentially organized. It centers on the student’s understanding and development of the core subjects of language arts, reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.
To complement language arts, all Lower School students participate in the Junior Great Books program, which combines interpretive discussion and activities with outstanding literature to help students learn to read and write for meaning and for thinking critically. Writing is emphasized through poetry, prose, journals, and the publication of literary works. The Accelerated Reading program is emphasized in the classroom.
Library skills are taught in each grade to enhance the core subjects and to foster the love of reading. Third- and fourth-grade students participate in the Texas Bluebonnet Award Reading Program.
Enrichment classes, taught by specialists, include Spanish, Chinese, music, art, physical education, and computer skills. Lower School students in K – 4 study Spanish four days per week and Chinese one day per week. Studio art and Kodaly music are taught each day in kindergarten. In grades 1 – 3, these classes are offered on a daily basis, alternating weekly. Fourth graders are taught art, music, and computer skills on a weekly rotation. Grades K – 3 have instructed technology/computer classes on a weekly basis, with computers available in each classroom to be used with all subjects. Instruction is sequentially planned so students may achieve maximum growth in musical, artistic, and technological skills, as well as the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of fine arts and technology throughout life. Class artwork is exhibited around the campus and in invitational exhibits.
Extracurricular clubs, creative dramatics, plays, choir, and musicals combine to enhance both the fine arts and the core curriculum in each grade. Field trips, speakers, artists, performers, and programs also complement both of these areas.
Lower School students participate in physical education classes each day. Fitness, wellness, a sense of fair play, and a healthy attitude about competition are emphasized in a fun and rewarding atmosphere.
Trinity Valley School has an extensive program of outdoor education, beginning with TOE (Trojan Outdoor Experience) night in third grade; activities include a climbing wall, storytelling in tents, and group games. Fourth graders spend one night at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center participating in life science, archaeology, and geology activities, including a visit to Dinosaur Park in Glen Rose.
In keeping with the School’s mission to foster spiritual and moral development, teachers incorporate a virtue of the month into daily lessons. With the student’s willingness to learn and a cooperative attitude, this carefully selected curriculum will prepare the student for the next grade levels.
Head of Lower School