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.
Families interested in enrolling their children at Trinity Lutheran School are asked to read this information page carefully. A link to our enrollment application is included at the bottom of this page.
Trinity is a classical school. This means that our curriculum is significantly different from what you would find at a public school, and even from what you would 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 celebrate 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 as “tools of learning” through which mastery is gained in other— indeed, all— subjects. If you are unfamiliar with classical education, we recommend the following essays: “The Lost Tools of Learning” and “The New Classical Schooling.” (See also the February 2018 issue of Vox Trinitas, TLS’s monthly newsletter.)
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”; “Luther on Education,” by Rev. John 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 2018-2019 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 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. 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. 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 which 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.
If you have questions about Trinity Lutheran School that aren’t answered on the website, please visit the school contact page. Our Headmaster would be glad to have a conversation with you. Families interested in enrolling their children at Trinity Lutheran School may fill out the online enrollment application.