A Horizons student

Horizons AustinTrinity

Supporting Underserved Students

We see ourselves as a private school with a public purpose. We founded Horizons AustinTrinity to serve non-Trinity students who don't usually have access to the amazing resources we do. Each summer, we host about 100 kids on our campus, helping them close the achievement gap and minimize summer learning loss.

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Every Child Deserves a Chance

Over the summer, students can experience a substantial, cumulative erosion of reading and math skills that can leave them years behind their peers. Horizons is a national program proven to overcome summer learning loss, and Trinity is the first and only Horizons chapter in Texas.


Chris Ernest

Co-Executive Director, Horizons AustinTrinity
Middle School Dean of Students, Trinity Episcopal School

Jordan Williams

Co-Executive Director, Horizons AustinTrinity
Kindergarten Teacher, Trinity Episcopal School


What Your Gift Can Do

Even a small gift can make a big difference in a kid's life. For example, $100 would provide six weeks of swimming lessons, giving a child confidence that lasts a lifetime.


A Horizons student in the Trinity D-Lab


Two Horizons students holding flowers

Closing the Achievement Gap

All children should have the opportunity to succeed, but some kids have a tougher road than others. Low-income students are six times more likely to drop out of high school and fewer than one-third will enroll in college. Summer learning loss can make the problem worse and widen the achievement gap for students who already are disadvantaged. Without proper support, students experience a substantial and cumulative erosion of reading and math skills that can ultimately leave them years behind their peers.


Summer School That Kids Can't Wait to Attend

We serve elementary  and middle school students and their families by providing facilities, educators and volunteers. With a student-teacher ratio of 5:1, kids get an engaging experience that builds confidence and crucial skills. The results of the program speak for themselves, with measurable improvements in literacy and mathematics. And those gains carry through to high school and beyond — 99% of participants graduate high school and 91% attend college or post-secondary training.

Student Volunteers — The Horizons AustinTrinity staff is not just adults! We also rely on Middle School volunteers. A few of these young leaders talk about why Horizons AustinTrinity is important to them and why they serve.


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Other Giving Initiatives at Trinity

Each color of the Philanthropy Pinwheel represents a different way you can create possibilities for our school and children. Like a pinwheel, all of our initiatives work together to create momentum and power the best experience for our students and families.

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Why Our Families Give

Tuition doesn't cover the full cost of an exceptional Trinity education. We rely on the involvement and generosity of our families to nurture the whole child and deliver personalized instruction. Donors tell their stories of why they support Trinity.

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Want to learn more about how you can create real change and have an impact now and for years to come? Talk to our Development team to learn more about how you can support our community and mission to nurture the whole child.

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USDA Equal Opportunity Employer

Horizons AustinTrinity works in partnership with the Texas Department of Agriculture Squaremeals Food Program. Horizons students are provided a healthy breakfast and snack. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1)     mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
          Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
          1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
           Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

(2)       fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

(3)       email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.