High School Placement
Finding the Ideal Fit
Trinity’s K-8 environment offers a nurturing and familial experience during the critical early years, when children are discovering their interests and talents. As our students approach high school, their academic strengths, interests, learning styles, and gifts become defined. By 7th grade, they are ready to play an active role in choosing their next educational experience, and they don’t have to do it alone. Trinity offers a placement team that partners with parents and empowers students to find their ideal fit for high school.
Set Up for Success
Successful high school placement starts with a great K-8 experience. Trinity students are well-prepared, self-assured, and well-rounded—making them highly sought-after candidates. Our placement team simply helps them shine! Trinity’s Head of Middle School, High School Placement Director, and Admissions Director work personally with each family to find the best fit and maximize the chance for admission. In 2017, 97 percent of our graduates were admitted to one of their top-choice schools. Trinity students matriculate into the finest institutions in Austin as well as top regional and national schools.
High School Placement Team
From left to right: Head of Middle School Shanna Weiss, High School Placement Director Cheray Ashwill, Admissions Director Vicki Ainsworth
Starting the Process Early
Beginning in 7th grade, our High School Placement Director works with students to research options to identify their best-fit high schools. Students and families can consider local, regional and national options before the busy schedule of eighth grade dictates a managed process. Through online research, open house visits and general assemblies, we guide families through all application stages and give them time-critical information about targets, deadlines, etc.
Helpful Resources at Every Step
Students practice with mock interviews to ease the potential stress of the admission interview. Additionally, one-on-one meetings with our High School Placement Director answer specific questions parents and students may have.
Families learn about prospective schools during High School Preview Night, where admission representatives from local, regional, national, day and boarding schools visit Trinity to showcase their programs. We encourage students to go a step further and spend a day at prospective schools to learn about curriculum, meet current students and faculty, and hear about extracurricular activities. Some students travel to nationally recognized boarding schools as another option to consider.
In preparation for the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE), a standardized test required for admission to independent schools, we offer an eight-week test prep course to help students become comfortable with the testing process and to learn time-management strategies. This personalized approach provides extensive support that leads to successful high school placement and prepares families for making college choices further down the road.