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Private SCV school receives accreditation

Posted: October 15, 2008 8:55 p.m.
Updated: December 17, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Brenna Mills, a seventh grade student at Trinity Classical Academy School in Newhall, works on her typing program in Mr. Mehringer's class.

 
Newhall's Trinity Classical Academy recently received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges for its kindergarten-through-eighth-grade program.

"It will help us grow as a school, and colleges will recognize us as a real school," said Beth Weil, a Trinity ninth-grader who has attended the school since sixth grade. "I think colleges will see us now and respect us."

Achieving accreditation ensures that students graduating from Trinity will have valid transcripts for college and university acceptance. They can apply for scholarships, transfer credits and their credentials will be recognized by future employers.

"This is an amazing milestone for our school and speaks so highly of the hard work of our faculty and staff," said Liz Caddow, founder and head of the school. "The last thing a parent wants to contemplate when selecting a school is whether his or her student's transcripts will be accepted for college."

Trinity opened in 2001 with 28 students in kindergarten through second grades. Its current enrollment is 245 with grades added over the years including ninth grade in August.

"Because of this accreditation, we are able to pursue in our self-study over the next two years the final accreditation of our high school as we add a grade each year," Caddow said. "We fully expect to excel in our self-study phase."

Trinity's goal has always been to build a premiere academic institution, according to Nancy Howell, a parent with three children at the school.

"I was excited (about the accreditation), of course, but I always kind of assumed it would happen," Howell said. "We always knew the direction in which the school was going."

Howell appreciates the school's rigorous curriculum and its Socratic method of teaching.

"They are producing a group of thinkers," she said. "I tell my (oldest) daughter she's being educated like our Founding Fathers."

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