Award Year: 2016

Holy Trinity School

1325 36th Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20007-2604

(202) 337-2339

Mr. Charlie Hennessy, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Washington

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Holy Trinity School is a Catholic, co-educational elementary school committed to the Jesuit traditions of educational excellence, service of faith, and promotion of justice.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 7%
  • White: 81%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
I always imagined paradise to be a kind of library JL Borges

"I always imagined paradise to be a kind of library" JL Borges

Holy Trinity School is a Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition located in the historic Georgetown neighborhood of Washington D.C.

A key practice at Holy Trinity School is Cura Personalis, a Latin term for "care of the person". Influenced by the charism of St. Ignatius, the intended outcome is that students and all in our community find "cura", or help along the way. Teachers, in partnership with families, are companions on a student's journey. Cura Personalis encourages the building of respectful relationships and the cultivation of a vibrant community. It helps make learning personal.

Teachers at Holy Trinity School take the time to create an inclusive community that allows all to feel welcome, valued, and safe. We model and allow students time to practice the social skills necessary to be successful: listening to others, taking turns, being responsible, and working through conflict. Teachers familiarize themselves with a student's background, strengths, and challenges, and purposefully construct lessons that promote student engagement, reflection, and future action because of what has been learned. It is a pedagogy of joy and rigor.

Cura Personalis values the welfare of the individual student and the greater good. It underpins administrative decisions and instructional practices. It drives policies regarding class size and instructional support. It helps push initiatives like adding additional math and physical education minutes and implementing foreign language choice. It encourages an ongoing collaborative dialogue. It says, "We see you, we hear you, and you matter."