Austin Trinity

An independent K-8 Episcopal day school five miles from the heart of Austin

High School Placement

Trinity's high school orientation program begins in the fall of seventh grade with families and students gathering to hear a presentation from the high school placement director about the upcoming admission process. Students are encouraged to research various options during the year through online resources, view books and attend open houses so that they may begin to identify best-fit options. By beginning to consider high schools in the seventh grade, students and families may leisurely consider local, regional and national options before the busy schedule of eighth grade dictates a managed process.

Discerning the best-fit high school option for eighth graders begins in earnest in the fall.  Another general meeting is held to guide families in the initial application stages and disseminate time-critical information about specific targets, deadlines, etc. In preparation for our students taking the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Examination), a standardized test required for admission to private and independent schools, an eight-week test prep course designed to help students become comfortable with the testing process and learn time-management strategies begins on campus. Students are encouraged to meet with the high school placement office for mock interviews to ease the potential stress of the actual admission interview. Additionally, one-on-one meetings with the High School Placement office focus on specific questions parents and students may have.  Students are encouraged to spend a day at each high school under consideration to learn about curriculum, meet current students and faculty, and hear about extracurricular activities. These visits are critical for students to successfully evaluate their high school options. Some students travel to nationally recognized boarding schools as another option to consider for their next four years of education.

Trinity hosts a High School Preview Night in mid-fall; local, regional, national, day and boarding school admission representatives attend to articulate the unique aspects of their programs. Trinity believes that our families are able to make the best, informed decisions because they have direct access to the most up-to-date information for each high school under consideration.

The High School Placement office manages the application process and supports each student's candidacy with each school to which the student applies.

Cheray Ashwill
High School Placement Director

High School Placement Mission

Our primary goal is to support each eighth grade student and family to ensure they find the high school that is an excellent match for them – a school where they will be happy, engaged, and inspired to thrive. Trinity students matriculate into the finest institutions in Austin as well as regional and national day and boarding schools.

of our 2017 graduates were admitted
to one of their top-choice high schools

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