The K-8 Model

Where Nurture & Growth Go Hand-in-Hand

The K–8 model offers a great balance. It gives lower schoolers a nurturing learning environment and challenges middle schoolers to develop as leaders and role models. A 2016 study published in the American Educational Research Journal found that students in grades 6-8 were better off academically, socially and emotionally in K–8 schools compared to 6–8 or 6–12 schools. With strong leadership skills developed at a relatively young age, our eighth-graders appeal to a wide variety of high schools. Through our High School Placement program, we partner with each student to find their ideal fit for the next level. Trinity students matriculate into the finest institutions in Austin as well as day and boarding schools around the country.

Open House: Grades K-8

K8 Buddy Program

One of our favorite traditions is the K8 Buddy program, because it exemplifies the K–8 experience. Each kindergartner is matched with an eighth grader, and the pairs enjoy playdates and learning activities throughout the year. Many eighth graders keep in touch with their kindergarten buddies even after they graduate from Trinity.

The K8 Buddies program started at Trinity in 2013. It started at the first All-School Chapel, where became a tradition for eighth graders to lead a kindergartener from their classrooms, down the drive, and into chapel. The Buddy program fosters connection and community among our newest students while providing mentorship and leadership opportunities for our oldest students. The eighth graders help their kinder buddies learn what it means to be a Trinity student. 

Eight Reasons Why K–8 Works

Still not convinced? Check out these eight reasons why we believe in the K–8 model.


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