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.
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.
- 1. By eighth grade, you know your child as a learner.
- 2. As an eighth grader, your child is involved in choosing a high school.
- 3. Ninth grade is a natural transition point.
- 4. In any school, programs for the oldest students are always the most expensive.
- 5. Children don’t grow up too fast.
- 6. Your child has early leadership and activity opportunities.
- 7. Choosing a high school is a team effort between your family and Trinity.
- 8. The “Trinity Connection” lasts a lifetime.
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