GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio-- Trinity High School in Garfield Heights may be a small, parochial school, but its college prep curriculum and Pre-Professional Internship Program sets it apart from most secondary schools.
The latest recognition for Trinity High is being named this week’s FOX 8 'Cool School.'
Now in its 40th year, Trinity is a Catholic, co-educational high school where the mission is to educate young men and women to be critical thinkers with an emphasis on personal and spiritual growth. Trinity is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of the third order of St. Francis.
Students earn high marks on all the standardized tests. They follow a block schedule with four core classes each term. Like in college, the classes are longer in length.
Senior, Griffin Filippi, sees the benefit in that type of curriculum. “It helps me get a lot more time with the teachers because it's an hour and half for each class a day. And, you're learning a lot more and you go home you only have four classes to do homework for," he added.
The student-to-teacher ratio of 11 to 1 also means more personalized instruction and academic success. 99% of Trinity High School students go on to college and the Pre-Professional Internship Program helps them to decide on a major.
Many of the internships focus on medicine, graphic design, and information technology.
Junior, Erin Merico, has learned firsthand how it gives students valuable workplace experience. "It's a great opportunity to be able to learn so many medical techniques and to learn how to truly interact with patients in a professional setting," she said.
Trinity students showcase their talents by getting involved in many co-curricular activities. But, above all, it is a faith-based school with a Franciscan tradition of service to others. “We get to strengthen our relationship with God and also with our peers and I think that makes us truly a family,” senior, Jacquie Companey, said.
And, it's that feeling of family that many feel makes Trinity High such a 'Cool School.'