K-8 Student Life
The K-8 model offers a great balance. It gives lower schoolers a very nurturing learning environment, and it challenges middle schoolers to develop as leaders and role models. A 2016 study published in the American Educational Research Journal found that 6-8 graders were better off academically and socially/emotionally in K-8 schools compared to when they attended 6-8 or 6-12 schools.
With strong leadership skills at a relatively young age, our eighth-grade students appeal to a wide variety of high schools. Through our High School Placement program, we partner with every 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.
From enriched academics to athletics to fine arts, Trinity is devoted to nurturing the whole child—mind, body, and spirit. Our dedicated teachers utilize a forward-thinking, evidence-based curriculum that goes beyond core competencies, extending into areas like social-emotional learning, digital citizenship, and design-thinking.
Beyond our core programs, we offer additional academic opportunities such as Model United Nations, scholastic competitions and after-school enrichment courses.
Through dedicated teamwork, our athletes strengthen their sense of self, as well as their ability to communicate and collaborate with others. All students are called upon during practices and games to lead others, model perseverance, and put the team before the individual. Trinity Athletics is an inclusive program with a no-cut policy, and more than 80 percent of our MS students participate on average.
At Trinity, we believe that the study of visual and performing arts is a vital component of a well-rounded education. Through the study of music, drama, and visual arts, our students are encouraged to take risks, build confident self-expression, develop sensitivity to cultural differences, and respect the work of fellow students.
It's never too early to be a leader! Leadership opportunities begin in Lower School with programs like Chapel Acolytes and 4th Grade Leadership Group. As students get older, they have more and more opportunities to develop as leaders and role models for younger students, with programs like K8 Buddies and Student Council.
The K-8 model offers a great balance. It gives lower schoolers a very nurturing learning environment, and it challenges middle schoolers to develop as leaders and role models. One of our favorite traditions is the K8 Buddy program because it exemplifies the K-8 experience. Each kindergartner is matched with an 8th grader, and the pairs enjoy playdates and learning activities throughout the year.
RULER—Recognize, Understand, Label, Express, Regulate—is a framework for social-emotional learning developed by professors at Yale University. After attending training courses at Yale during the summer of 2017, our faculty and staff integrated RULER into the curriculum and adapted the framework to best serve our community.
Putting faith into action is an essential and life-changing part of an Episcopal education and the Trinity experience. Our students learn to see their role in the global community. Social justice and involvement are part of the Trinity experience. Service opportunities start as early as kindergarten.
Camp Trinity offers 25 specialty day camps for kids entering grades K-8. It's a great way to create a custom camp experience with outdoor activities, arts and crafts, academic challenges, Friday Splash Bash, and more! We also offer Tornado Athletic Camp, which gives kids an opportunity to sharpen their skills in football, basketball, or volleyball.