Admissions

Application Process

Admission Policy

In keeping with Trinity Christian Academy’s mission of offering Christian families a demanding college preparatory curriculum within a Christian community committed to integrating biblical faith and learning, TCA considers the following: 
  • Families who are growing in their personal Christian walk and involved in their local church. Trinity Christian Academy requires that at least one parent be a Christian. Students in grades 9-12 must also be Christians.
  • Students whose academic records demonstrate proven capability to succeed in our program. Therefore, students’ records will be carefully evaluated prior to acceptance. Trinity requires that students score at grade level or above on the admission test.
  • Students whose recommendations show a behavioral history that is in harmony with the behavioral expectations of Trinity Christian Academy.

Admission Process

• In order to be considered for the first round of decisions, the initial application and fee must be received in the Office of Admission by January 17, 2020. All applications received after the January 17 deadline will be reviewed and considered on a rolling admission basis.
• All additional application materials must be received in the Office of Admission by February 7, 2020. Testing and interviews should also be completed or scheduled by February 7, 2020.
• Applicants who meet the above deadlines will be sent notification of the admission decision by February 28, 2020. 
• The deadline for filing financial aid applications is March 2, 2020.

What to Expect for Your CATS Appointment during COVID-19

1)      All consents for testing will be completed electronically prior to the appointment to minimize exchange of materials between tester and parents. If your signed consent is not received 24 hours prior to testing, the appointment will automatically be cancelled.
 
2)      Only one adult may accompany the child to the appointment and that adult should wear a face mask. Each tester will have her own waiting room procedures which will be communicated to you along with office location.
 
3)      Please plan on arriving no more than five minutes before your appointment to avoid waiting room overlap with other individuals and families. No books, magazines, or toys will be available in the waiting areas.
 
4)      The accompanying parent must wait either in the waiting room or in their car while testing is completed (please reference tester waiting room procedures).
 
5)      You and your child will be asked to sanitize your hands upon entering and leaving the office. Your child may also be asked to sanitize his/ her hands during the course of the evaluation if deemed necessary by the tester.
 
6)      Your child will accompany the tester to the office where he/she will sit across from one another at a small table. A plexiglass divider with pass through will be on the table between child and tester throughout the administration of the exam.
 
7)      The tester may or may not wear a clear face shield. The tester will NOT wear a mask during testing so that your child can see her facial expression and lip movements. Your child is not required to wear a mask but is welcome to do so if it would make you or your child feel more comfortable. Keep in mind, however, that it is sometimes difficult to understand children’s words while wearing a mask. Any difficulty with comprehension of your child’s communication will be noted in the report the school receives.
 
8)      All materials, hardware, and furniture touched by applicants during the course of testing will be thoroughly sanitized between evaluation sessions.

List of 13 items.

  • Application Fee (Non-Refundable)

    $125 application fee for grades preK-12. The application is not complete without the application fee.
  • Admission Testing

    Pre-Kindergarten
    A brief student observation and an on-site assessment are required. Upon receipt of your application, the Office of Admission will schedule your child's group observation date and notify you by email.

    Kindergarten – Fourth Grade
    Two evaluations are required and scheduled September through February:
    • Evaluation I is administered individually by Collaborative Academic Testing Services (CATS), and test results may be shared with other schools to which the child is applying. The cost of the testing ($290) is not included in the application fee. You must contact CATS directly to schedule your one-on-one testing. Please visit their website at www.catstexas.com to register. The CATS test is scored according to a very specific age-based scale. Please do not wait to schedule the CATS test, as spaces are limited. CATS test fee waivers are available on a case-by-case basis.
    • Evaluation II is taken on a Saturday in a group setting at TCA. This observation is a series of group and individual tasks and activities. The observation dates are Saturday, January 11 or Saturday, February 1, 2020.
    Grades 5-12
    Trinity Christian Academy uses the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). For ISEE information and registration, please call 1-800-446-0320 or visit the website at www.iseetest.org.
  • Application Form

    Complete the application form online. *Students applying for preK must be 4 years old on or before September 1 of the entering year. Students applying for kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before September 1 of the entering year. PreK and kindergarten applicants must be able to care for their restroom needs independently.

  • School Principal/Director Recommendation

    The form must be given to the school principal/director from his/her current school. The person writing the recommendation should submit the form directly to Trinity Christian Academy for confidentiality purposes. The School Principal/Director Recommendation form can be found on the candidate checklist once the application is submitted.
  • Teacher Recommendations

    Teacher recommendation forms must be given to the applicant’s teachers at his/her current school. The completed form is forwarded directly to Trinity Christian Academy from the teacher for confidentiality purposes. Recommendation forms will be found on the candidate checklist once the application is submitted.
  • Pastor Recommendation

    This form must be completed by your pastor, pastoral staff member, Sunday school teacher, Bible study leader or elder. The completed form is forwarded directly to Trinity Christian Academy from the pastor for confidentiality purposes. The Pastor Recommendation form can be found on the candidate checklist once the application is submitted.
  • Parent and Student Interviews

    Parent interviews are required for parents of students applying for all grades. Both parents are required to be present for the interview. Students applying for grades 5-12 will also be scheduled for an on-campus interview. The Office of Admission will contact you to schedule a meeting date and time.
  • Parent Questionnaire

    Complete the questionnaire found in the online application.
  • Student Questionnaire

    Students applying for grades 7-12 must complete the student questionnaire found in the online application.
  • Photograph

    Submit one applicant photo and one family photo. The photos may be uploaded to the application, the applicant checklist or emailed directly to admissions@trinitychristian.org.
  • Birth Certificate

    Each application for preK through fourth grade must include a copy of the child’s birth certificate. The certificate may be uploaded to the applicant checklist or emailed directly to admissions@trinitychristian.org.
  • Report Card/Transcript

    Please submit a copy of the applicant’s most recent report card. The report card may be uploaded to the applicant checklist or emailed directly to admissions@trinitychristian.org.
  • Standardized Testing

    Please submit a copy of recent achievement testing from current school. Testing results may be uploaded to the candidate checklist or emailed directly to admissions@trinitychristian.org.
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.