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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 would learn 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.
Classical. Lutheran. Parochial.
Each of these terms describes something essential to our identity:
Trinity is a classical school. This means that our curriculum is pretty 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 3rd 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 (see “A Sermon on Keeping Children in School”; “To the Councilmen of All Cities in Germany: That They Establish and Maintain Christian Schools”; see also “Luther on Education,” by the 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. Our students are taught the Christian faith from Martin Luther’s Small Catechism— not in place of the Bible, but rather as a means of venturing deeper into the Bible and perceiving the saving person and work of Jesus Christ as central throughout all of it. Chapel services are liturgical in character, following the prayer orders of Matins and Vespers out of the Lutheran Service Book. Students learn the psalms, 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 and understood by all families who wish to enroll so that the school and the home are not at cross-purposes. To this end, parents of newly enrolling students are expected to attend a class on Lutheran doctrine their first year at Trinity. The class meets once a week in the evening for ten weeks starting the week after Labor Day and ending the week before Thanksgiving. Additional details will be shared at Registration. You can view a summary of class content here.
“Trinity Lutheran School…is a vital part of the mission of Trinity Lutheran Church” (TLS Parent Handbook). The work of our school depends on the generous support of our church. 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 impossible 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? Our rigorous grammar and composition curriculum? Our advanced math program? Teaching children how to think well and critically? Latin, logic, history, and the great works of Western literature? All of these are good things, but none of them is the best thing:
At Trinity we equip children to stand against the darkness of this present age with Christ as their true and only light.
The City of Man is becoming a more treacherous place 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. Children today are exposed to temptations which previous generations never could have imagined. Fewer and fewer Christian children still confess the faith 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: the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. We teach them the great hymns of the Church to give them joy, comfort, and courage throughout the changing scenes of this life. We teach them how to pray.
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.
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, too, with knowledge, the proper goal of education. 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, and in any situation and to 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 our online enrollment app. Once your application 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 5 or 12, 2021. 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 2021-2022 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 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.