There is now another option for families seeking to send their teen to a Christian high school in Broward County. Trinitas Academy, which began with a half a dozen preschool students in 2008, grew into a thriving elementary and middle school in Plantation, and has now opened Trinitas Academy High School on the campus of Trinity International University in Miramar.
A Partner School, powered by Liberty University Online Academy, Trinitas Academy High School offers college preparatory and dual enrollment options in a small classroom setting with excellent teacher to student ratio.
The school is offered as an outreach of Providence Baptist Church in Plantation. Providence Pastor Jorge del Pino, said the high school was begun last year after 100 percent of the students in their graduating 8th grade class expressed a desire to continue with Trinitas at the High School level.
“We began looking into options with three conditions. The program must be Christ-centered, utilize an accredited curriculum and be affordable for families.”
Liberty University Online Academy met all of these requirements, and as a partner school, Trinitas Academy provides its own instructors to help students with the work throughout the day, in a state-of-the-art facility.
Meeting on the campus of Trinity International University in Margate, classrooms are fitted with smart boards and students have live Bible and history classes together with Pastor Jose del Pino. The rest is self-paced online.
“Our objective is to train Christian students from Christian families,” said Pastor Jorge. And as alumni of Trinity International University, del Pino said he is delighted that they have made room for the school and he looks forward to exploring the possibility of creative interactions between the Trinitas students and select faculty at Trinity International University.
Currently offering 9th grade classes, del Pino said, “Our dream is to expand by one grade level each year, then as Juniors, students will have access to dual enrollment classes with Liberty University Academy Online.” They will offer 9th and 10th grade programs in the 2017-2018 school year.
Higinia Garrido, marketing director at Trinity International University, said, “Having the younger generation walking around the facility at Trinity International University has been beneficial to both sides. It gives the high school students the opportunity to be exposed to what we offer here, and it’s awesome having them around.” Since Trinity International University classes are mostly offered in the evenings for adult learners, students are able to utilize their classrooms, cafeteria and common areas during the day.
The school’s history
Trinitas Academy’s preschool, elementary and middle school classes are offered at their school facility on the grounds of Providence Baptist Church in Plantation. The building was rebuilt after being virtually destroyed by Hurricane Wilma in the fall of 2005. “We were faced with the decision to close the facility or rebuild and decided to think big with the school in mind,” said del Pino.
With a small congregation of about 70 people in attendance on Sundays, the school is the main outreach of Providence Baptist Church and an integral part of the local community. There are currently about 160 students enrolled in pre-k through 9th grade with an average class size of about 15 students. And the school and church participate together in seasonal activities such as a Christmas party, hayride and fall festival, and picnics at the beach.
A Christ-centered focus
“We believe in intensive prayer and always invite school families to our prayer services,” said del Pino.
Looking to the future, he said they hope to expand the school to its full capacity, making use of every inch of space. “My brother, Jose, and I have always had a calling for youth. Our mission statement is to support Christian parents in their calling to train their children. Sometimes parents can do it themselves and sometimes they need tools. We want to come alongside them and be that tool.”
Del Pino said their prayer for the school is “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3 NKJ).
“We’re very glad that every year we’ve been able to trace and track improvements. The Lord has helped us bring together a united God-fearing staff, wanting to please the Lord and understanding what a Christian school is all about,” del Pino said.
For more information about Trinitas Acadamy, visit trinitasacademy.com. The church and school are located at 1101 SW 49th Avenue, in Plantation; Trinitas Academy High School is located at 3700 Lakeside Dr, in Miramar.
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