Holy Trinity Interparochial School has a faculty of certified teachers, educating children from pre-school through grade eight. In addition to classroom teachers, the staff includes a full-time resource teacher, librarian, computer, foreign language, art, music and physical education teachers, as well as class room aides.
The basic subjects are taught employing various educational techniques, audio-visual equipment and technology. Spanish, French, art, music, computer, and physical education classes are part of the curriculum. Religion, as an integral part of the curriculum, is taught daily and permeates all aspects of everyday school activities. Our clergy help students participate in liturgies and experiences which give positive expression to their faith.
All students are expected to demonstrate growth, especially in reading, mathematics, and English, the disciplines for which passing grades are the criteria for promotion. Consideration is given to each student when planning courses and enrichment. Provision is made for varied abilities along with periodic re-evaluations.
Spanish is introduced as part of the Kindergarten program and continues through 4th grade. In fifth grade, students are exposed to both French and Spanish languages. Students in grades 6-8 have a choice of either French or Spanish languages. (Foreign language is also offered as an enrichment program for Pre-K and Kindergarten.)
All grades, Pre-K through 8, participate in physical education classes. Holy Trinity students have the benefit of cultural education – art, culminating with an annual
exhibit, music, with a presentation of Christmas and spring concerts.
A fully-equipped library, computer technology center, a science laboratory, art and music rooms, a gymnasium/auditorium, cafeteria, provisions for extended care and Trinicamp (summer program) are part of the Westfield Campus. The Mountainside Campus includes a library and a gymnasium/auditorium. Provisions for extended care are offered at both campuses. A Lunch Bunch program is offered at Mountainside only.
Holy Trinity Interparochial School is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
MSCES (and its predecessor, the Assembly of Elementary Schools) has provided accreditation protocols to schools since 1978. Many protocols have been developed since the early days of MSCES, but all rely on the concepts of peer evaluation and self-regulation to provide continuous school improvement.
The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) was established in 1887 and is a non-governmental, non-profit, peer-administered organization. MSA provides leadership in school improvement for its member schools in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, the subcontinent of Asia, and Africa.
As part of the accreditation process, the following areas were evaluated according to established standards:
1. Philosophy, Mission, Beliefs, and/or Objectives
2. Governance and Leadership
3. Organizational Design and Staff
4. Educational Programs
5. Learning Media Services and Technology
6. Student Services
7. Student Life and Student Activities
9. Health and Safety
11. Assessment of Student Learning
Terra Nova Tests
The Standardized test measures what is considered to be important instructional content. It tests academic attainment and provides valid and reliable comparisons of achievement. These scores are but one tool which indicates how well each student is progressing in school. They are part of a bigger picture. Classroom work and evaluation are as important in measuring performance.
Holy Trinity students are tested in grades 2–8 and the Archdiocese has chosen Terra Nova, The Third Edition which tests the five main content areas of Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Additionally, five sub tests – word analysis, vocabulary, language mechanics, spelling and mathematics computation are also given. Grades 3, 5, and 7 are given a multiple assessment test. Constructed response items on these tests require students to create their own answers by writing a paragraph, or drawing a graph or model.