High School Placement

Finding the Ideal Fit

Our 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 middle school, their academic strengths, interests, learning styles and gifts become defined. By eighth 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 high school placement program 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 an outstanding K–8 experience. Trinity students are well prepared, self-assured and well-rounded — making them highly sought-after candidates. Our placement program simply helps them shine! High School Placement Director Cheray Ashwill works personally with each family to find the best fit and maximize the chance for admission. In 2019, 96% of our graduates were admitted to their top-choice program. Trinity students matriculate into the finest institutions in Austin as well as top regional and national schools.

A Helping Hand

Our Director of High School Placement, Cheray Ashwill, works with students to research options to identify their best-fit high schools. Cheray has been at Trinity since 2004, and she is the parent of an alumnus. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor's degree in art history and a minor in French. She previously worked at Dell Computer before joining Trinity.

Students and families can consider local, regional and national options. 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. 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 our High School Fair, where admission representatives from local, regional and 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 curricula, 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 standardized tests required for admission to independent schools, we offer an eight-week test-prep course to help students become comfortable with the testing process and 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.

Director of High School Placement 

Cheray Ashwill

Beyond Trinity

Our efforts to assist our students in finding best-fit options for high school begin far earlier than eighth grade. Our high school placement process reflects the deliberate care we take to provide our students with the best education in Austin. As we prepare them academically for the rigors of secondary education and beyond, our placement office works closely with families to assist them in making informed, confident decisions. Our comprehensive K–8 program ensures our students appeal to a wide variety of schools; Trinity students matriculate into the finest institutions in Austin as well as regional and national day and boarding schools.

High School Placement Results

In 2019, 50 graduates were accepted into 15 high school programs, and 96% were admitted to their top-choice school. Over the past five years, Trinity students have matriculated to the following high schools:

  • Academy for Classical Studies, Austin High School
  • Academy for Global Studies, Austin High School
  • Academy for Science and Innovation, Austin High School
  • Academy of High Tech, Austin High School
  • Anderson High School 
  • Anderson High School IB Program
  • Asheville School (North Carolina)
  • Burlingame High School (California)
  • Cate School (California)
  • Culver Academies (Indiana)
  • Dripping Springs High School
  • Foxcroft School (Virginia)
  • Harker School (California)
  • Hotchkiss School (Connecticut)
  • Kent School (Connecticut)
  • Lake Travis High School
  • Liberal Arts and Science Academy 
  • Manor New Tech Academy
  • McCallie School (Tennessee)
  • McCallum Fine Arts Academy
  • Middlesex School (Massachusetts)
  • Phillips Exeter Academy (New Hampshire)
  • Proctor Academy (New Hampshire)
  • Rawson Saunders School
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
  • St. Michael’s Catholic Academy
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal School
  • Thacher School (California)
  • Vandergriff High School
  • Westlake High School
  • Westtown School (Pennsylvania)
Trinity Class of 2019 informal portrait