In October 1993, the Trinity community, faculty, alumnae, students and guests proudly welcomed Joseph Cardinal Bernadin in celebration of seventy-five years of excellence in women’s education. THS now offered its students 130 courses in diverse fields and had produced forty-four National Merit Scholars since 1956.
Trinity’s tradition of academic excellence continued with the introduction of the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma program or the IB program. Inaugurated in 1994, the IB program encompasses a rigorous pre-university course of studies designed as a two-year curriculum covering six academic areas. In addition to the traditional liberal arts curriculum, the IB Diploma program requires that students take a Theory of Knowledge class (where students learn of the interpretative nature of knowledge), fulfill a 150 hour service requirement and write a 4,000 word essay on a topic of their choice. Colleges and universities award credit upon the result of student exams. Currently 90% of Trinity’s full-time IB students have earned an IB Diploma as compared to the national average of 80%. More about our academic programs…
Block Scheduling, a new type of scheduling based on the collegiate model, was inaugurated in 1995. Instead of seven or eight courses per day, the Block Schedule allows students to take three to four intensive courses per semester as is the normal course of studies in college. Over the school year, they may earn eight full credits without the stress of handling eight courses at one time. Students are required to earn a minimum of twenty-eight credit hours before graduation. Trinity was the first Catholic school in the Chicago Archdiocese to offer this program.
Trinity anticipated the next millennium in 1998 by updating their technology tools. The Computer Center was renovated and a state of the art Technology Center was completed. The technology tools now offered to the students allow them to give powerful expression to their learning and enable them to explore vast new worlds. While THS still may be physically anchored at the corner of Division and Lathrop, its students and teachers are connected to people, events and information around the world.
In the early 2000s the library and chapel were renovated and refurbished and in 2003 the Sr. Michelle Germanson, O.P., Athletic Facility was built. It was the first building constructed on Trinity’s grounds since 1962.