Trinity Lutheran School (TLS) is a private parochial school located in Cheyenne, Wyoming, established in 1892 with the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church. TLS prepares children for heavenly and earthly citizenship by means of classical Christian education so that they might be grounded firmly in the truth of God’s Word, abound in knowledge and virtue, and share God’s grace in all of their various vocations, present and future.
We believe that we offer the best education available in Cheyenne. Just what makes it the best, though? Yes, we have a rigorous grammar and composition curriculum. Yes, we teach children how to think well and critically. Yes, we teach Latin, logic, history, and the great works of Western literature. Far more importantly, however, we equip children to stand against the darkness of this present age.
The world is becoming a more treacherous place to live every day. “The world is worse than it has ever been,” Martin Luther wrote in his Large Catechism, “and there is no government, no obedience, no loyalty, no faith, but only daring, unbridled people. No teaching or reproof helps them.” If this was true in Martin Luther’s day, it is even truer in ours. In the current cultural moment our children are exposed to temptations which previous generations never could have imagined. Fewer and fewer Christian children are still Christian by the time they reach adulthood. This grim state of affairs leads many to wonder, “Is there a way for me to protect my children and help them to stand with Jesus on the Last Day? Is there an alternative to the culture which beckons young people away from the faith?”
Yes. By God’s grace, there is. Here at Trinity Lutheran School, we aim to make this way known.
At TLS we teach children what it means to be baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection. We prepare them to receive the body and blood of Christ for the forgiveness of their sins in the Sacrament of the Altar. We teach them the Scriptures, the written accounts of God in Christ saving our lost and fallen race. Our pastors preach Christ crucified at chapel so that all our students would know that this God is not merely good and powerful, but that all of the good He does, He does for us. We teach students Luther’s Small Catechism, a summary of the Christian faith. We teach them the great hymns of the Church to give them joy, comfort, and courage throughout the many changes of this life. In short, we give them Christ, in the hope that they would believe in Him and have everlasting life.
In and through all of this, we also teach children how to serve God and neighbor, to lead good, useful, and productive lives. Such usefulness and earthly success are not the goal itself, however; rather, they are the results of aiming at a higher goal: knowing God and His works, which are the good, the true, and the beautiful.
The following analogy helps illustrate this: health is good for its own sake. No one asks, “Why do you want to be healthy?” It is simply good to be healthy. And yet everyone knows that a healthy person is able to do more things than an unhealthy person, and do them better. So it is with the knowledge that is the goal of classical education. In fact, we can say that when children study the classical liberal arts, their minds do in fact become truly healthy. With this health comes the ability to think critically about whatever practical tasks they are given at school, at home, or in any situation, and make good decisions. In this way, knowledge equips students to serve their neighbors through their various vocations— and not just in the future, but right now, as well.
For more about the classical model that we use at Trinity, see “What is Classical Education?”
If you have questions about Trinity Lutheran School that aren’t answered on the website, please visit the school contact page. Our Headmaster and Dean of Academics would be glad to have a conversation with you.