Spring is the time in the school year when growth becomes more observable. Teachers notice students have not only grown physically since fall, but continue to excel in academic growth. Parents may now observe their child performing math calculations more quickly, reading more fluently, and acting more responsibly. Growth in our students is expected, nurtured and celebrated. Trinity Lutheran School is not just interested in physical and academic growth, but we focus on emotional and social growth as well as each child’s spiritual development.
"Real growth comes in our daily walk with Jesus. It doesn’t happen physically, or mentally, or socially or even financially. It happens as we celebrate the gift of eternal life through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Real growth is living a life, daily sustained by the Holy Spirit, which gives us the assurance of eternal life.” luthed.org
Growth is reaching forward and seeing new possibilities. As we prepare for our NLSA
re-accreditation visit this spring we identify and celebrate Trinity’s unique strengths as well as look forward to the new ideas and possibilities that will serve to enhance our school.
What is NLSA?
National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) serves as the accrediting body for Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod schools across the United States and the world. NLSA has been accrediting schools in the LCMS since 1978, and accreditation decisions have always been based upon a school’s compliance with national standards that reflect the essential qualities that are expected of Lutheran schools.
What standards are addressed in NLSA?
The school is purpose-driven. The mission of Trinity Lutheran School, in partnership with parents and the congregation, is to provide a Christ-centered educational program which ministers to the needs of the whole child in nurturing them to grow in service to God and man.
The school is governed following written policy. With the guidance of Trinity’s school
board, who helps uphold policy, we strive to ensure our students receive a well-rounded Christ-centered foundation.
A qualified and competent staff serves the school. Our Trinity teachers work diligently to ensure the needs of each child are met. Our teachers differentiate instruction and find innovative instructional methods that ensure academic success. Through love and discipline our teachers work tirelessly to promote the growth of the whole child.
The school’s curriculum, instructional design and assessment practices ensure student learning. Trinity’s 2019 Iowa Assessment proficiency results Grades 3-8: 86% proficient or advanced in Math. 94% proficient or advanced in Reading. 87% proficient or advanced in Science.
Student services and activities are offered to meet the needs and foster the growth of each student. Service learning- Leadership opportunities- Field Trips- Athletic competition- Strong fine arts program
Buildings, grounds and equipment provide an environment that serves to enhance student learning. Special thanks to the many, many volunteers as well as the Board of Trustees that work to provide our students with a safe and healthy school environment.
In a formal visit April 28-30 the NLSA visiting team will examine evidence, interview school stakeholders, visit classrooms and observe overall school practices. “National Lutheran School Accreditation encourages, assists, and recognizes schools that provide quality Christian education and engage in continuous improvement.”