Trinidad Union School District consists of a single, recently modernized elementary school with an enrollment of approximately 200 students in grades TK-8. During the 2017/18 school year, Trinidad Elementary School had 11 full-time teachers in addition to part-time certificated personnel who support student achievement and exploration in music, art, gardening, speech, resource, counseling and other programs. The district participates in the Class Size Reduction program in grades K-3 which guarantees an average of no more than 24 students per grade. The district also provides instructional aides in every class.
Trinidad Elementary School is known for its high academic standards and the California Department of Education has recognized it as a California Distinguished School. Our students consistently perform above average on California’s mandated standardized tests, and Trinidad School ranks high in both the “all schools” and “similar schools” categories. We recently finished another year of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test through the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system, which is conducted mostly as an online assessment. Our students test scores compared to State of California scores were as follows: 52.46 % of TUSD students met or exceeded state standards in English Language Arts while 43.27 % of Humboldt County students did the same. 41.8% of TUSD students met or exceeded state standards in Math, while 31.93 % of Humboldt County students did the same. Once again, our students and teachers are upholding the Trinidad Union School District reputation for high academic achievement and performance.
The district is committed to providing enrichment education for all students. All primary classes receive music instruction, and students in the upper grades have the option of enrolling in music as an elective, among other opportunities. An artist-in-residence guides our visual arts program and assists students in building ex- tensive portfolios. Drama instruction is also offered to students in all grades. All classes participate in Marine Activities and Resources Education (MARE), an annual month long study of specific ocean habitats developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science. In addition, students participate in our gardening curriculum, which is an extension of our nutrition, wellness and fitness programs.
Students enjoy a warm and welcoming culture led by a creative and devoted staff. Trinidad School offers a supportive community and a very personal educational environment. Community members are encouraged to give input and feedback to the district through surveys and community forum events. This type of community input is essential toward determining district goals and priorities for our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and budget expenditures in meeting the eight state priorities for our district.