What Is Trinity Knox Classical Academy?

Trinity Knox Classical Academy exists to aide parents in discipling children in the truth of the inerrant Word of God, to cultivate wisdom in young minds and hearts, and to teach children to look for truth, beauty and goodness.  We seek to raise up a generation of young people who love learning, who think clearly with reason,logic,and discernment and who can effectively communicate. Trinity Knox exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ and to develop world changers through a rigorous classical methodology and comprehensive knowledge of biblical truth.

We meet on the campus of First Southern Baptist in Waterford and serve families from local towns.

We offer a full-time day school program for K-8th Grades utilizing an integrated classical Christian curriculum.



Mike and Alyssa Maden

Why start a school?

In my bedroom at my parents hangs a poster I did for a staff development meeting when I was volunteering at Youth for Christ, 13 years ago. It lists physical characteristics, passions and dreams. Next to the category labeled “Hopes” it says, “to seriously change the world”

Ever since I can remember I have had an intense passion to study history and politics and theology and how they’re all intertwined. Dutch theologian, Abraham Kuyper says, “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign overall, does not cry, Mine!” ...  The story of the world is written by the omniscient, omnipotent hand of God and I’ve spent the majority of my life trying to piece it all together. 

I knew I wanted to be a teacher by the time I was in the 5th grade. I can remember I would make mental notes of how and what I would do if I could teach one day. As I got older and my understanding of the gospel deepened, I wanted to somehow effectively convey the truth of the gospel to others. So, they too would know the power of the life changing, dead raising gospel. Not that I have any power to convey that. But that somehow people would know the power of the cross of Christ.

In my head, these thoughts culminated into a school. I would look around and think, “yeah all this philanthropy is good. But how do I make a lasting change? There has to be more than canned food drives and good deeds. Souls have to be stirred and moved by the truth right?!” A school could combine the truth of the Bible, academics, discipleship and service to our neighbors and community. 

When I met my husband, Mike. We would spend all our time talking history, politics, theology, war, literature, philosophy, and they all seemed to be woven together by one common starting point: the God of the Bible. When our daughter was three and our middle son was one, I began researching methods of education. I had spent many years working in public education, and I had many friends that were homeschooling their own children.

I wasn’t fully convinced that either of those options were what I wanted for my kids. I stumbled across Classical Conversations one day and loved the content and methodology but still, it was a homeschool program. I continued to google until I came across the Association of Classical Christian Schools and that’s when the voice in my head said, “this is it!”

Classical Christian Education was the culmination of history, literature, philosophy, great ideas, creation, complex numbers and formulas, and biblical truth. It was exactly what I had been looking for in my own education and for my own children. The ACCS offered tools to start a school and I ran to Mike and gleefully squealed, “The ACCS will give us all the resources to start a school. A real school! Want to try?” to which he laughed and replied, “you’re insane. We cannot start a school” I convinced him to take me to the annual ACCS conference in Frisco, Texas in June of 2018.

The second day we were there he said, “we don’t have a choice, we have to start the school” Keith Nix says, “it’s dangerous. The easy part is to catch the vision (of CCE) the dangerous part is when the vision catches you.” 

The Board.


Barry McFarlane


Brad Shaffer


Mike Maden

Education is simply the soul of society as it passes from one generation to another.
G. K. Chesterson

What we believe

Statement of Faith.

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As a Christian School, the following statement of faith expresses the basics of our beliefs: We recognize and believe in the authority of the Bible as the Word of God. We do not recognize creeds issued by man as authoritative and binding, but we do offer in humility and sincerity the following statement of doctrine

We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord. Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and was born of a virgin, Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hades, and on the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, where He sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From Heaven He shall come to earth again to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, one holy catholic church, the communion of all true saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the gift of everlasting life. (Apostle’s Creed)

1. The Scriptures. Old and New Testaments are the divinely inspired Word of God and infallible in their original writings. They are perfect and complete, the only written revelation of God to man, and authoritative in all matters. II Timothy 3:16‐17; II Peter 1:20‐21; Galatians 1:11‐12; II Peter 1:10‐12; Luke 24:44
2. There is only one God who as Creator of the universe manifests Himself in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1‐2, 26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 4:6. God the Father. He is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. He reveals Himself as a merciful and loving Father seeking fellowship with mankind. John 5:19‐26
3. We believe in the true deity and full humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, such that two distinct natures, divine and human, were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion, composition, or confusion. We believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory. Luke 19:10; John 1:1‐2, 14, 18; 3:16; Luke 1:35; Matthew 1:18‐21
4. We believe that Adam was made from the dust of the ground and formed after God’s image and likeness, which was good, righteous, and holy. Because of Adam’s sin all mankind is in a state of rebellion against God. For the salvation of such lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is necessary. Genesis 1:27; 2:7; 3:1-19; Psalm 14:1-3; Jeremiah 17:9; Romans 3:23; 6:23; Revelation 20:11-15

5. Because mankind is hopelessly lost, we are in need of a Savior. Salvation has been provided through substitutionary death of Jesus upon the cross. Through the shedding of His blood we have the forgiveness of sin. Salvation is a gift entirely by the grace of God. Through repentance and faith in His death and resurrection, we have a living hope and through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

Please Note: Salvation comes by grace alone, through faith alone, on the merits of Christ alone, and not through the merit or works of man. The grace that saves does not come through acts of obedience or church sacraments. I Peter 1:3-5; I John 1:7-9; 5:10-13; Hebrews 10:5-25; Revelation 1:5-6; 5:9-10

6. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life, as the Spirit of Christ within us enables us to do freely and cheerfully what the will of God revealed in Scripture requires to be done. We believe that good works are only those which arise from true faith, conform to God’s Word, and are done for His glory. Philippians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:3, 1 Corinthians 3:10-15
7. We believe God has appointed a day when He will judge the world in righteousness through Jesus Christ. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved to the resurrection of life, and those who are lost to the resurrection of damnation. Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. Hebrews 9:28, Daniel 12:1-3; I Corinthians 3:9-17; Revelation 20:11-21:8
8. We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. All who are united to Christ as Head of the Church are united to one another in love and have communion in each other’s gifts and graces. Ephesians 4:1-7, 1 Corinthians 12:13
9. We believe that God defined marriage as the life-long covenant between one man and one woman, and that all forms of sexual activity outside of marriage are sin. Genesis 2:7, 18, 22, Ephesians 5:3-14, Genesis 1:27
10. We believe that God immutably creates each person to reflect His image as male or female. Genesis 2, Genesis 1:27

Contact Us.


901 West Rumble Rd,
Modesto, CA 95350

(209) 535-3784