Trinity Lutheran School Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the mission of Trinity Lutheran School?
- Trinity Lutheran School exists to develop well-rounded lifetime Christian disciples.
- Do you have to be Lutheran to attend your school?
- No, we have families from many different
faith backgrounds. We share the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ
from a Lutheran perspective. Currently about 77% of our student
body is Lutheran; 18% from other Christian denominations and 5%
list no church affiliation.
- Is religion taught on a daily basis?
- Daily religion classes are part of our curriculum.
We have a weekly chapel service on Wednesday mornings for the entire school.
Chapel is at 8:30 every Wednesday.
- Is there help available for students who struggle academically?
- Our KEY Program is designed to help students who have an IEP (service plan). Mrs. Heather Hoffman is our KEY Program Coordinator. She is a certified teacher in Special Education and offers her assistance to our classroom teachers with students who struggle in the classroom. Mrs. Hoffman is only here on a part-time basis.
- Do you have a hot lunch program?
- Trinity does participate in the federal Hot Lunch Program. Students my purchase a hot lunch
or bring a sack lunch from home. Lunch prices are re-evaluated each year.
- Is before and after school care available?
- Before school care hours are from 7:00 – 8:00 AM and after school care is from 3:00 – 5:30 PM. We are currently in the process of restructuring our before and after care program so fees will not be available until a later date.
- Do you have bus transportation?
- We do NOT have bus transportation available. We have students from all areas of Bloomington and Normal and several surrounding communities. Some parents arrange for car pools and we would be happy to share information about other families who live in your area.
- Do you offer extra-curricular athletic activities?
- SStudents in grades 5-8 can participate in the following athletic activities:
Girls: Soccer, cross country, volleyball (fall); basketball or cheerleading (winter); track (spring)
Boys: Baseball, cross country, soccer (fall); basketball or cheerleading (winter); track (spring)
- Are there non-athletic extra curricular opportunities available?
- For students with an interest in drama, we present a spring play each school year. Students in grades 6-8 are given the opportunity to participate in the play. We also offer a Scholastic Bowl team for grades 6-8.
- Do you have a music program?
- Students in grades K-5 have weekly music classes taught by our music teacher. Students in grades 3-5 have an option to participate in our SonShine Choir which practices during the school day. All students in grades 6-8 participate in our Junior High Choir which practices twice a week during the school day. Beginning in 5th grade students can participate in our band which practices twice a week. Our band teacher also gives small group lessons during the week.
- Why do Trinity Lutheran Church members pay less tuition than non-members?
- Trinity Lutheran Church is very supportive of Christian education and financially supports 25% of the cost of education per child for community members and 50% of the cost of education per child for members of Trinity. Tuition is less for Trinity members because they also support the ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church through their offerings.
- Is there any financial aid available for families who cannot afford full tuition?
- There is a limited amount of financial aid available. Applications are available in the office. Aid is based on financial need of the family and is limited to the amount of scholarship money available in the church scholarship fund.
- What are the physical characteristics of the school building?
- Our school building was completed in January of 2003. The 57,000 square foot building is climate controlled with fresh air continually circulating throughout the building. There are 22 individual classrooms; a music room; a computer lab; an art room, a library, and a dividable gymnasium.
- Are there opportunities for parent involvement?
- We have an active PTL (Parent-Teacher League) and also encourage parent volunteers in our lunch room, office, and classrooms. Also, our annual auction is completely parent/volunteer driven.
- Does the school do any fund raising?
- Trinity Lutheran School does not do any door-to-door fundraising. We participate in a gift certificate program throughout the year where parents purchase gift certificates through the school from national and local businesses. The school purchases the certificates at a discounted rate. Our major fund raiser is an annual auction held in the spring of each year. Funds raised at the auction are used to purchase larger items that are not included in the general budget.