The History of TRISMS

TRISMS was developed in the late 1980’s by two women who desired to give their children far more than what was available at the time.  Linda Thornhill and Sally Barnard had no intentions to write an award-winning curriculum, or to ever even publish it, but when others learned what they were doing, they wanted to do it, too.  Thus, TRISMS became a published curriculum in 1990. 

Over the years, the curriculum has grown to a complete middle and high school program that fits the classical method.

Each TRISMS volume has been a work of many, not just the original authors.  Before it’s release, each volume has been beta tested in co-ops, homes, charter schools, and various settings in the U.S. and around the world.  Many updates, improvements, and modifications have added to the value of the program.  One example is the incorporation of The Institute for Excellence in Writing in each volume, adding even more skill development in the area of communication to our students.

Meet the Authors….

LindaLinda Thornhill graduated from the University of Tulsa with a B.S. in education in 1977.  Her senior paper was on curriculum and learning styles.  She has experience with various learning settings; open classroom, multi-level, and peer grouping, within the public school system. She homeschooled her three sons, and currently teaches art classes and TRISMS courses in home school co-ops as well as teaching art individually and at a private school.  Linda has a talent for making learning fun.


sallySally Barnard has homeschooling experience with her four children.  She has taught many co-op classes for homeschoolers.  Sally is a versatile organizer with extensive volunteer experience in public, private, and home schools.  She has worked with children who have special educational needs, as well as with gifted children.  Sally understands the need for each child to excel at his/her own rate while developing individuals talents and interests.

A Host of Others  – TRISMS acknowledges the endless hours of contributions in specialty areas by very special people!