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Lower School Application Process

The application process for grades 1-4 consists of the following components:

  • Completion of an online application
  • Admission testing
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Current report card (through mid-year)

A printable checklist can be found to the right. Please call 817.321.0116 if you have any questions.

Testing for First Grade

Applicants to first grade will take the AABL (Academic Assessment for Beginning Learners).  Students choosing to test at TVS will test on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. and work with our first grade teachers.  AABL registration is available online at www.erblearn.org (click on the link to the right or the link within the online application to register). Other locations and times are available; for a full listing, please visit the AABL web site. All AABL registrations must be submitted by Monday, March 20, 2017 for testing at TVS.  Results will be sent to the other consortium schools listed on the AABL registration.  Appointments for a review of the test results can be made following the testing. 

Testing for Grades 2-4

Students entering grades 2-4 will take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE).  The test is offered at TVS on Saturday, March, 25, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. ISEE registration is available online at www.iseetest.org (click on the link to the right or the link within the online application to register). Other locations and times are available; for a full listing, please visit the ISEE web site. All ISEE registrations must be submitted by Monday, March 20, 2017 for testing at TVS.

Recommendations and Transcripts

TVS requires teacher recommendations for each applicant. Teacher recommendations will be sent by email through our application provider, Ravenna, directly to the teacher entered in the online application.

 

In addition, please sign the transcript release and turn it in to your current school's registrar. The school will send your child's transcript or report card directly to the Admissions office. All forms may be returned by fax, scan or mail to the following:

TVS Admissions

Fax: 817.321.0105

Scan: andrewsm@trinityvalleyschool.org

Mail: 7500 Dutch Branch Road, Fort Worth, TX 76132

 

The curriculum of the lower school (grades K – 4) is sequentially organized. It centers on the students' understanding and developing skills in 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 to think critically. Writing is emphasized through poetry, prose, journals, and the publication of literary works.

Library skills are taught in each grade to enhance the core subjects and to foster the love of reading. The Accelerated Reader program is part of the library curriculum and is emphasized in the classroom as well. Third- and fourth-grade students also 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 study Spanish four days per week and Chinese one day per week.

Additional activities in lower school include the following:

  • Butterfly Garden
  • Cinco de Mayo play
  • Fourth-grade Scientist Showcase
  • iPads for mathematics and Lower School computer lab
  • Performances in the theater for each grade
  • Science Club
  • Skyping with friends in other countries
  • State Floats
  • Suzuki Strings
  • TOE
  • Trojan Tunes Choir
Find information about K-4 curriculum and activities.
Lower School Admissions Forms

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