Award Year: 2013

Trinity School at Greenlawn

107 South Greenlawn Avenu
South Bend, IN, 46617-3430

(574) 287-5590

John Lee, Principal at time of Nomination


School Website


In a Christian culture marked by pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty, Trinity School rigorously trains its students in intellectual and aesthetic skills and habits.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 78%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 10%
  • ELL: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

From our founding in 1981, we envisioned Trinity School as a community of learners. We wanted the engagement of the mind and imagination with reality to be central to our approach. This vision demands a faculty who live a life of learning, both among themselves and with their students. Students are drawn into this community as they mature, gradually becoming full partners in the endeavor.

Many of the distinctive features of the school flow from this focus on active learning. The headmaster and deans are active teachers. Class size is limited to 20 students. We keep didactic teaching to a minimum, preferring seminars and individual student coaching in labs, writing workshops, and problem-solving sessions.

All Trinity students take the same core curriculum. We dedicate ourselves to three areas: humanities, fine arts and mathematic/science. Our dedication to the humanities in literature, philosophy, history, political theory, theology and writing allows our students to explore the depths of what it means to be human. Our fine arts program requires each student to produce art, sing chorale music, compose music, perform in two full-production dramas and learn art history. Our rigorous mathematics/science program teaches all students to learn how to write MATLAB programs with GUIs which model advanced physics concepts and solve calculus and linear algebra problems. Our integrated and deep approach to all these areas produces students who have a substantial sense of wonder and depth of inquiry, and places our students at the crossroads of the humanities and STEM fields. Their skills and creativity give them the facility to answer questions that have not yet been asked and solve problems that have not yet been encountered.