Welcome to Upper School

In the Upper School, we relentlessly shape our curriculum to effectively bring all truth under the umbrella of His truth. We offer a careful sequence of challenging core courses because we recognize that our students only have a brief amount of time to gain the knowledge, skills and wisdom necessary for the next phase of their lives – the move from home and church into the university community. We maintain a dual focus on both the student’s educational and spiritual development. 

If you toured our classrooms on a given day, you may see seniors discussing the universal problem of suffering by contrasting Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Miller’s Death of a Salesman, or you may see juniors reading their personal testimonies – entirely in French. In biology class, you could watch students wrestle with the tensions between creationism and the theory of evolution. In chapel, you would see student-led worship and hear inspiring testimonies. 

All of these events, and many more, are purposefully crafted to create an environment where students can build on personal faith and their God-given abilities to embrace the possibilities of a future realized through discipline and commitment to truth. 

Kyle Morrill
Head of Upper School

Select a Course

What is the difference between dual credit and Advanced Placement?
Dual Credit
  • A dual credit course is a college course taught in high school or at a local community college in lieu of the school’s traditional course.
  • If the dual credit course is passed, the student earns two credits: one high-school credit and one college-level credit.
Advanced Placement
  • Advanced Placement courses require syllabi approval from the College Board.
  • Students take national exams in order to receive college credit. 
  • College credit is determined by the score the student receives on the exam taken at the end of the course, according to each university’s policy.
Which does TCA offer and why?
  • TCA offers Advanced Placement courses and not dual credit.
  • Educational leaders and college admissions personnel recognize that the Advanced Placement educational standards are higher than those of dual credit courses, which are frequently taught at community colleges and do not have to meet approved College Board guidelines.
  • Advanced Placement credits are widely accepted by colleges and universities across the country.
  • Many college admission offices view Advanced Placement courses as more challenging than dual credit courses and look favorably upon applicants who choose the more demanding Advanced Placement track.

Upper School Office

List of 10 members.

  • Photo of Kyle Morrill

    Mr. Kyle Morrill 

    Head of Upper School
    (972) 931-8325 xt 3310
  • Photo of Janie Heard

    Mrs. Janie Heard 

    Assistant Head of Upper School
    (972) 931-8325 xt 3310
  • Photo of Robert Dyer

    Mr. Robert Dyer 

    Dean of Students, US Bible Teacher
    (972) 931-8325 xt 3310
  • Photo of Matt Lambro

    Dr. Matt Lambro 

    Director of Student Development
    (972) 931-8325 xt 4316
  • Photo of Tenley Gummelt

    Tenley Gummelt 

    US Counselor, US French Teacher
    (972) 931-8325 xt 3555
  • Photo of Patti Macmanus

    Mrs. Patti Macmanus 

    Registrar
    (972) 931-8325 xt 3315
  • Photo of Tracie Harrison

    Mrs. Tracie Harrison 

    College Counselor
    (972) 931-8325 xt 3321
  • Photo of Caryn Thexton

    Mrs. Caryn Thexton 

    College Counselor
    (972) 447-4677
  • Photo of Ashley Joseph

    Mrs. Ashley Joseph 

    US Guidance Office Admin Asst
  • Photo of Teri Lynam

    Mrs. Teri Lynam 

    US Admin. Asst.
    (972) 931-8325 xt 3310
Trinity Christian Academy is a private coeducational school for grades PreK–12 which offers Christian families and their children a demanding, college preparatory curriculum within a Christian community committed to integrating Biblical faith and learning.