Trinity is a private school with a public purpose. 

by Anne Harrington
Trinity parent and trustee

Every summer, we open our campus and resources to provide six weeks of fun and learning to students from the greater Austin community, specifically those enrolled in Title 1 public schools. Title 1 is a designation based on the number of low-income students considered at risk for school achievement. When I first learned of Horizons at Trinity, I was moved to see how my kids’ school has fully committed to its mission to “honor each child’s spirit for learning and life, ever mindful that we are all children of God.” The more I got involved, the more I grew to love this program.

Through the Horizons program, teachers at Title 1 public schools nominate students who could benefit most from a summer enrichment program rooted in project-based learning. For six weeks, at no cost, students in grades 1-8 spend their days with joyful and creative Trinity teachers, Austin area public school teachers, and our Trinity Middle School student volunteers. This program encompasses math, reading, science, engineering/design, art, swimming, and more. Students go on weekly field trips to extend their in-classroom explorations to the outside world. 

The energy is electric, and I encourage anyone interested in learning more to stop by in June and July and see for themselves. Horizons has the excitement of a summer camp, creating memorable experiences that are valuable in and of themselves. But crucially, the program improves literacy and math competency, builds confidence, and shows participants they are valued.

Like me, I am sure you want the best for your children. Part of that is finding ways to connect to our community and our world in a meaningful way. I am proud of Trinity, our values, and that we are sharing our blessings with our neighbors. I hope you will join me in learning more about Horizons and supporting this program.

Anne Harrington is a Trinity parent, trustee, and donor. She is the mother of a lower schooler, middle schooler, and an alumnae (Class of 2020).


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.

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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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


A Horizons student in the Trinity D-Lab

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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Two Horizons students holding flowers


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 

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