Kylee Knight grew up at Trinity; it was her school from preschool through 8th grade. She was academically and socially successful within our little family. She was well known, well liked, and contributed with confidence inside and outside of the classroom. But as Kylee prepared to enter public high school, questions, concerns, and fears began to rise.
“Did a small K-8th private school, averaging less than 140 students, prepare me for a public high school with over 1,500 students? Am I ready academically?”
Some of the other kids enrolling with Kylee in High School were in the GATE programs in their public elementary and middle schools; her school didn’t have anything called GATE or honors. Would she be able to make friends? She had attended school with her best friend since preschool. Who would she sit with at lunch? Wait, where is lunch? What if she got lost or overwhelmed? Who would help her? She knew every teacher and staff member at Trinity by name and they knew her.
Registration was a bit overwhelming because she did not attend one of the public middle schools that automatically fed into the high school. Kylee and her parents had to work a little harder to get registered and then…placement tests!
She always received great grades at Trinity, but what if they didn’t teach her enough? What if the competition of her small class wasn’t rigorous enough? Were her teachers too accessible? What if they just “gave” her the good grades? Did her teachers even know what they were doing?
“Was I prepared?”
Kylee placed into Honors Algebra 2/Trig, Honors Biology, Honors Language Arts, Honors Spanish 2, and AP Human Geography. That’s a resounding, “YES!”
“I got into those classes, but would I be able to handle it?”
Kylee adjusted quickly to high school and she found that she was indeed prepared. Not only was she ready for the content levels, she was able to independently manage her academic workload and able to balance school volleyball (yes she made the team!), club volleyball, and an active social life (yes she made friends!).
Kylee’s parents attribute her success to how Trinity developed her God-given talents. The academic rigor and small class sizes equipped her with the social, academic, and student skills she needed. Her participation in Trinity school musicals, chapel presentations, class presentations, the after-school performing arts program, and volleyball gave her an added level of confidence as she entered Yorba Linda High School.
Still going strong, Kylee has kept up her rigorous academics (4.6 GPA), school and club volleyball, and still finds time to have a social life. On top of that, she is the founding President of the YLHS Chapter of Childhelp Orange County Wings, a national charity that helps victims of child abuse and neglect through prevention, intervention, and treatment. It is run by a group of moms and kids (7th-12th grade) and their motto is “Kids Helping Kids.” As chapter president at YLHS Kylee organized monthly fundraising and kids in action activities.
Junior Year – What’s in Store?
In addition to managing a class load that consists of mostly AP classes – Kylee will be getting her drivers license. And how will this 16-year-old use it? By starting a Childhelp Orange County Wings Club at Trinity for our middle school students. She would also like to help younger students find the same academic success she has had by becoming an after-school tutor at Trinity.
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