Trinity High School (River Forest, Illinois)

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Trinity High School
7574 West Division Street
River Forest, Illinois 60305
United States
Coordinates 41°54′7″N 87°48′52″W / 41.90194°N 87.81444°W / 41.90194; -87.81444Coordinates: 41°54′7″N 87°48′52″W / 41.90194°N 87.81444°W / 41.90194; -87.81444
Type private
Denomination Roman Catholic
Established 1918
Oversight Archdiocese of Chicago
President Michelle Germanson, OP
Principal Noreen A. Powers, Phd
Staff 12+
Faculty 35.5 FTE
Grades 912
Gender all-female
Enrollment 518 (2010-2011)
Student to teacher ratio 14:1
Campus suburban
Color(s) Navy Blue and White         
Fight song Tri, Tri, Trinity
Athletics conference Girls Catholic Athletic (GCAC)
Team name Blazers
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper Blaze
Yearbook Wyndword
School fees 600 entrance fee
Tuition 10,750
Affiliation Sinsinawa Dominican

Trinity High School is a Roman Catholic college preparatory high school for girls located in River Forest, Illinois. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, it was founded in 1918 by members of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. Originally the school was built on the grounds of Rosary College, which is now Dominican University, but in 1926 the campus was relocated a few blocks away from the original site. Today, Trinity High School has an enrollment of over 500 young women divided among four grade levels.


Trinity offers two types of curricula - college preparatory classes and International Baccalaureate classes.[2] All classes are taught on the block scheduling scheme. The IB classes offered at Trinity include English (higher level); a history class including 20th century history of European conflicts and world dictators, as well as American and Canadian history (higher level); biology (higher level); art and design (higher or standard level); mathematical methods (standard level); mathematical studies (standard level); Spanish language (standard level); French language (standard level); Italian language (standard level); information technology in a global society (standard level); and film studies (standard level). Students may opt to go for certification in one or more subjects of their choice (IB Certificate Programme), or enter into the IB Diploma Programme. In each graduating class, approximately fifteen to twenty students complete the IB Diploma Programme, which involves taking six IB subjects, completing 150 hours of service in two years, writing a 4,000 word research paper on a subject of the student's choice, and completing a philosophy course known as "Theory of Knowledge." About half of the members of each graduating class receive certification in one or more International Baccalaureate classes after sitting for exams in May of each year.

All students are required to take speech, health, keyboarding, computer applications, business, fine arts, and theology classes before graduating. Trinity has a well-developed fine arts curriculum, including classes in singing, acting, drawing, painting, and other styles of artistic expression. Many Trinity students receive recognition at regional art competitions each year.

Student life[edit]


All Trinity students are required to enroll in two years of physical education classes. In addition, the school offers eleven sports, each with a varsity and a junior varsity level, to its young women. These sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, lacrosse, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball.


Trinity High School offers over thirty extracurricular activities and clubs, ranging from academic clubs such as Math Team to service clubs such as the Environment Club and Youth Ending Hunger to fine arts clubs such as the Art Club, Liturgical Choir, and Chamber Choir. Trinity's monthly newspaper is called The Blaze, its yearbook is called The Wyndword and its Media Club produces television broadcasts on WTHS.

Eligible Trinity students can be inducted into the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, Italian National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll, and the International Thespian Society, typically in their junior year.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  2. ^ THS. "Trinity High School Academics". Trinity High School website. Retrieved 2009-05-27.