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Trinity Lutheran School (TLS) is a classical Lutheran 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 a 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.
As mentioned above, Trinity Lutheran School is a classical Lutheran parochial school. Each of these terms describes something essential to our identity:
Trinity is a classical school. This means that our curriculum is significantly different from what you will find at a public school, and even from what you’ll find at many private schools, whether Christian or not. We teach Latin— not as a frill or an add-on, but as a core subject— with formal daily instruction beginning in 2nd grade. Our history and literature curricula emphasize and hold up the Greek, Roman, and European roots of Western Civilization and American culture. Our students learn grammar, logic, and rhetoric and are taught to employ their knowledge of these subjects to gain mastery in all others. If you are unfamiliar with classical education, we recommend “The New Classical Schooling,” by Peter J. Leithart, as well as the feature piece in the February 2018 issue of Vox Trinitas.
The sixteenth-century Lutheran reformers were ardent patrons of classical education in the lands where the Reformation took root. Martin Luther himself had much to say on the subject (cf. “A Sermon on Keeping Children in School”; “To the Councilmen of All Cities in Germany: That They Establish and Maintain Christian Schools”; “Luther on Education,” by Rev. John E. Hill). As a Lutheran school we are proud to claim classical education as our heritage. When we say that we are Lutheran, however, this is more than a mere historical marker: it is equally true to say that Trinity is a “classical and Lutheran school” and a “classical Lutheran” school. Our students are taught theology from Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, which is a summary and exposition of the chief articles of Christian doctrine— not in place of the Bible, but rather as a means of going deeper into it and perceiving the saving person and work of Jesus Christ as central throughout all of it. Chapel services are liturgical in character, following the orders of Matins and Vespers out of the Lutheran Service Book. Students learn the psalter, Biblical canticles, and the great hymns of the Church. They memorize Scripture. They learn learn about and participate in the historic Church Year— its feasts, festivals, commemorations, and seasons.
Enrollment at TLS is by no means limited to Lutheran students; however, we do want to ensure that the Lutheran identity of our school is known, understood, and supported by all families who wish to enroll so that the school and the home are not at cross-purposes. To learn more about what Lutherans believe, please visit the TLCS welcome page and follow the links featured there.
“Trinity Lutheran School…is a vital part of the mission of Trinity Lutheran Church,” the TLS Parent Handbook states. This means that the work of the school depends on the generous support of the church congregation. The good people of Trinity Lutheran Church maintain the building and physical plant, volunteer their time in countless and invaluable ways, and give generously in order to keep the cost of education affordable for all school families. It is difficult to overstate the importance of the congregation’s support for TLS. In view of this, our students show their gratitude to the congregation in various ways throughout the school year.
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 have the most advanced math program around. Yes, we teach children how to think well and critically. Yes, we teach Latin, logic, history, and the great works of Western literature. Most 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 teach them the Scriptures, the written accounts of God in Christ saving our lost and fallen race. At chapel our students hear the preaching of Christ crucified so that all they 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 changing scenes 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. Yet everyone knows that a healthy person is able to do more things than an unhealthy person, and to do them better. So it is with the knowledge which is the goal of classical education. In fact, when children study the classical liberal arts, their minds 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 wise 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.
If you have questions about Trinity Lutheran School that haven’t been answered here, please visit the school contact page. Our headmaster would be glad to speak with you.
Submit your enrollment information using this form. Once your form has been received, you will receive a confirmation email from the headmaster.
2. Visit & Interview
This is our chance to get to know each other, talk about curriculum and school culture, and discuss what your family can expect in your partnership with TLS. If we are able to schedule your interview during the school year, you and your child will also have the opportunity to take a campus tour, meet teachers, and shadow a class for part of the school-day.
3. Enrollment Deposit
Once the interview process is complete, you’ll pay a $100* enrollment deposit (*per child) via check or Square™. Your child’s spot for the fall is then secure, but you will still need to complete…
…on Thursday, August 6 or 13, 2020. Here’s what you’ll do on Registration Day:
- Provide the school with a copy of your child’s birth certificate and immunization records.
- Provide signatures on your Student Information & Release Form (filled out online as part of your enrollment form).
- Receive a school year calendar, the 2020-2021 TLS Parent Handbook, class schedules and information packets, and information about events during the school year.
- Pay any remaining balance of the registration fee and books & materials fees as well as your first tuition installment.
- Fill out an ACH form for tuition payment (or pay for the full year’s tuition or make first half-payment; see Tuition & Fees Schedule for more information).
Please note that failure to complete registration may result in a loss of enrolled status.
Late enrollments/mid-year transfers (i.e. after September 1, 2020) will follow the same steps with the following differences:
- Registration is completed during your visit day or upon notification of enrolled status.
- Fees are paid in full at time of registration.
- Since late enrollments/mid-year transfers have not prepaid one monthly installment of tuition before the start of the school year, the minimum monthly payment amounts are larger, being based on a percentage of nine (9) rather than ten (10) monthly payments.