Award Year: 2019

Trinity School at River Ridge

601 River Ridge Parkway
Eagan, MN, 55121-2499

(651) 789-2890

Ms. Beth Schmitz, Principal at time of Nomination

Trinity School at River Ridge School District

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Guide students in the acquisition of basic ordered knowledge and intellectual skills within a community of learners that pursues truth, practices goodness, and creates beauty.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 83%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Trinity School students in 12th grade studio art class.

Trinity School students in 12th grade studio art class.

Trinity School at River Ridge is a Christian school in the Twin Cities area, welcoming students in grades 6-12. Trinity School teachers and students strive to be a community of learners that engages in the on-going pursuit of truth, practice of goodness and creation of beauty. Trinity teachers lead this community, modelling a love for learning and an active sense of wonder about the world for their students. Probing inquiry and mastery of knowledge, rather than memorization, is stressed.

Every Trinity student engages a rigorous core curriculum that works as a whole with each course building on those that have preceded it. In a structured environment, with small class sizes, and single-sex classrooms, students assume more responsibility for their own learning as they mature. Students learn to articulate their questions, observations, and newly acquired understanding through active participation during class and in daily assignments.

Junior high students acquire foundational linguistic and mathematical skills that prepare them for a course of study in high school that engages the sciences, mathematics, Scriptures, fine arts, language, and humanities. All students solve calculus problems, write MATLAB programs, translate the Aeneid, read and discuss original texts in Socratic seminars, perform in plays and choir concerts, and contribute their drawings and paintings to the annual arts festival. Each of these activities allows students to seek deeper understanding of ideas through thoughtful dialogue, acquisition of new, increasingly sophisticated skill, and the on-going development of intellectual and aesthetic habits of mind.