"Trinity is a independent day school in the Episcopal tradition."
Students enrolled 476
School leader Pat Adams
Transportation options None
After school Yes

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3901 Bee Cave Road
Austin, TX 78746

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(512) 472-9525
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4 stars
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October 23, 2014
I would encourage any parent of a prospective student to get the facts on things such as standardized test scores, not just the mean or median compared against all schools or private schools, but also the standard deviations to get a feel for how well students do at both ends of the distribution. My personal experience is that Trinity prepares its students well for standardized tests. For example, my daughter and many of her friends did well enough on the SAT (as 7th graders) to qualify for various Duke TIP programs. Again, this is one observation. On the issue of textbooks (or the lack thereof), I would not judge the quality of the education based on the use of a textbook. Many of my daughter's teachers create their own material and follow the approach of encouraging students to discover and problem solve the specific topics/issues being studied in class. For example, instead of relying on a textbook to teach geometry of circles (e.g., area, circumference, pi, etc..), our daughter's teacher assigned the students homework to "prove" (empirically) that pi=3.14...I doubt she would have had the same level of enthusiasm for pi, if she were simply told its value

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2014
I attended Trinity since kindergarten and it was the best decision I have ever made. The curriculum can suit both advanced and struggling students. Every teacher cares for their students individually, on both an academic and personal level. Trinity offers an incredible environment and community to learn in.

- submitted by a community member
March 02, 2014
Awful--administrators are exceptionally pretentious. Don't know how to work with kids that don't fit the mold. Spend those dollars elsewhere--lower school administrator is particularly abrasive and obnoxious.

- submitted by a community member
February 22, 2014
Pretentious. Huge disappointment. Administrators are outright rude and dismissive. We felt this was an unhealthy environment and chose to leave. This is not a premium school where seats are coveted. We took our kids and money to a far superior school across town. I'm glad we didn't settle.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2013
I am a parent of a current 4th Grader at Trinity. Most of the recent negative posts are from a handful of parents who did not get their way last year. These parents wanted a traditional approach to education, read the text book, and recite back the information on the test. Trinity doesn t believe in this type of education; rightfully so because it doesn't result in students who can think for themselves. When Trinity refused to change its educational philosophy to please a small group of parents, these parents became anger, and did not re-enroll their children in 2013-14. It's nice to hear their kids are doing well in public school; it is interesting these parents don't see a connection between their child's Trinity education and their child s current public school success. Trinity teachers do not teach "the test", Math is not taught in traditional fashion, homework reinforces classroom learning, it doesn't do the teaching. Trinity educates individuals, resulting in students able to think for themselves, find more than one way to solve problems, work collaboratively with others and confidently alone. Trinity isn't perfect but for us it s a close as you can get!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2013
Before you jump into this school, ask who writes the curriculum and don't fall for the fancy answer you will probably get. Ask why there are no text books. We were told our child may have a learning disability when really it was not our child at all, but the fact that there is no curriculum that has been tested and known to work so our children are the guinea pigs. It is truly sad how much our child's self esteem was shattered. Our child felt stupid and now in Eanes has a 100 in every class except one and has a 91 in that class. The social situation is also terrible at Trinity. This school was so disappointing I can't even explain. They can get you in there with all the bells and whistles but ask why so many families left last year and many more are leaving this year. And the families that left, no one bothered to even ask why.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2013
Trinity is a special school! As a new family, we have felt so welcomed and supported in our transition. We chose Trinity for its outstanding reputation in delivering exemplary K-8 education. It is the right balance of academic rigor and nurturing communal supports where our children feel valued and encouraged. It has a well-integrated curriculum, with many opportunities for children to shine. The caring community of teachers and administrators genuinely care about each child and are accessible, professional and compassionate. Trinity is an authentic school community where every student can evolve in becoming their best selves. There is comfort in knowing each day is filled with inquiry, creative problem solving and varied opportunities. Every parent wants to give their children the best education possible Trinity fulfills this within a community of experienced and innovative faculty and staff. We look forward to many years of great possibilities on our Trinity journey.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
Trinity administrators are unnecessarily arrogant - a complete turnoff. Teachers are generally good, though we haven't been around long enough to fully ascertain. We heard there is high turnover among teaching staff. Facilities feel cramped. We pulled our child out in a hurry. Interestingly, when later taking the entrance exam at a competitive school across town, our child saw a few Trinity classmates taking that exam too. We suppose those families are aiming to leave as well. Apparently, there are plenty of us willing to give up the one-time facility fee to get out! Be careful what you wish for.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
Trinity is not at all what it looks like from the outside. There is very little substance behind the hype and promise of progressiveness. Homework is minimal and most kids need tutoring just to catch up with the basics. There is very little testing, (and the tests are not graded or returned for children to see) The report cards grade with only 1's, 2's or 3's through 4th grade and switch to letter grades in middle school. All subjects - except maybe art - emphasize a collaborative approach above independent work - kids are always in the halls - sitting around "talking". If you walk through the campus - 80% of the time you will see a chaotic mess of kids who are working (or not) on different tasks. The standardized test scores are substandard - which is not a surprise - seeing how many holes I have seen in my child's education. I would strongly encourage a close look at what this school really has to offer instead of what they say they offer. And also note the string of positive reviews that will undoubtedly follow this one - most likely from staff or parents who were asked to write by the staff - who are in a panic from the mass exit that just left the school last year.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
I am extremely grateful to work as a teacher in a school where learning is the priority. Even though Trinity students take standardized tests and generally perform very well in all subjects, the school's program is not based on test objectives. Teachers teach so that students form a complete picture of the ideas. Teachers are respected for their teaching and encouraged to continue their growth. The administration of the school invests heavily in professional development for its faculty. I have been able to learn from some of the most respected professionals in the field while teaching at Trinity. The vast majority of parents are also very supportive. They understand that Trinity is preparing its students for a competitive, global world. They also know this preparation means school has to be different than it was for them. Best of all, my students are always excited about learning and are never afraid of challenges.

- submitted by a teacher
June 10, 2013
Now that my son has completed his first year of college, I am able to clearly see the importance of Trinity's emphasis on the development of many different skills. My son entered Trinity as a middle schooler. He came from a public school that had a good reputation, and more important, he fared well at the school. Arriving at Trinity, I immediately recognized the difference in what Trinity expected of my son compared to the school he left. Trinity required significantly more of its students. At Trinity, students are expected to take greater ownership of their learning and encouraged to stretch themselves to be organized, manage their time, advocate for themselves, learn how to learn, effectively address conflict with peers, and think about life and events beyond the realm of Trinity. My son learned to navigate his way through Trinity and an equally as rigorous high school program. He began his freshman year of high school one year ahead in math. He is now studying in a competitive liberal arts college and is doing well. It was sometimes uncomfortable for me to allow my son to struggle with developing the important skills. I had to believe in his capabilities and trust his teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2013
From my work with students and faculty at Trinity, I have no doubt that Trinity has a very strong academic program. There are many reasons for this, but one very important reason that I have observed is Trinity's willingness to break from tradition and more narrow perspectives of teaching and learning in order to find more effective and meaningful approaches to educating children. It is apparent to me that teachers at Trinity take the time to evaluate what is taught, the purpose it is being taught, and how best to teach it. They study well-researched, innovative methods, and they appropriately and nearly seamlessly blend them into their practice. As a result, the academic program continually improves. Students are really expected to deeply internalize and apply whatever knowledge or ideas that they are taught. Trinity offers a kind of schooling that promotes a much higher level of learning than I have seen in other academic programs. Because of its innovative nature, families considering Trinity must be willing to embrace new ways of teaching and learning in order to help their children make the most of their Trinity experience.

- submitted by a community member
April 04, 2013
We moved our daughter to Trinity from public school and have been so happy with our decision. Our child is challenged and cared for every day. The other students immediately welcomed and accepted her into their mix and she has done the same each year when new students join her class. Faculty, parents, and students create a community that care for each other in a way I haven t seen in any other school. Now that she is in middle school, our child participates in the athletics program where she has been taught skills and sportsmanship and the fine arts department that allows each child to shine in their unique way. She loves Trinity and so do we!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2013
My child is about to graduate eighth grade at Trinity but we intend to remain a part of the Trinity community. My daughter is already talking about the times she plans to visit Trinity next year (special chapel services, to chat with students and teachers, to have lunch and to certainly watch the MS stage performances). It is has been a very special place for us and although I am sad that our time as student/parent is coming to close I am thankful for a wonderful 9 years. We have truly been blessed.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2013
My girls are finishing their first year at Trinity and we could not be happier with our choice. We were looking for a school that could provide an excellent education as well as a caring and nurturing environment. Trinity accomplishes both with ease. Diversity is important to this school and everyone is made to feel welcome from day one. I recommend this school without hesitation to any family.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2013
Trinity has sadly changed. In its desperate attempt to keep up with the other well-respected private school in Austin, Trinity has lost sight of what set it apart from the others originally. The loving teachers who knew each child well and cared for your child as if they were their own have been replaced by less experienced educators. The teachers no longer have the freedom to control their own curriculum, thus eliminating any impromptu investigative learning driven by student interest. Marketing wouldn't need to be Trinity's focus if the academic and social environment were as superior as they claim. The best advertisements are happy parents with smart, well-adjusted kids. Ask your local school counselor if Trinity's kids have to be remediated when they transition into the public school arena.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2013
Where did the review go that was posted earlier today? I was coming back to say that I could not agree more and now it is gone... hmmm.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2012
My kids have been at Trinity for the last 6 years. We have had an incredible experience end-to-end. The fact that the faculty and staff know all of the parents and children s names is amazing. This is just one small example of "Each Child, Each Day". There is an indescribable positive "feeling" you get when you come to the Trinity campus.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
Trinity is an exceptional school offering a unique program of outstanding academics and enriched community life. We have three children in the Lower School who receive personalized instruction in small groups tailored to their academic levels. The lead teacher / assistant staffing plus subject area specialists offer an attractive student / teacher ratio. The teachers and staff provide instruction with a supportive approach that encourages children to broaden their thinking while building their confidence. Through chapel, service learning and the diversity programs, students explore spirituality, ethics and moral responsibility all within a tolerant and inclusive environment. The Trinity community is committed to the school as evidenced by its recent opening of a new Middle School classroom building, cafeteria and music facilities, and the expected opening of the new chapel / performing arts center. Head of School, staff, and its Board practice prudent leadership and rigorous commitment to each child, each day. Trinity is a special place and truly a GREAT SCHOOL.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2012
Trinity s middle school program is AMAZING our child attended for grades 6-8. Trinity uses an interdisciplinary approach that prepares students for rigorous high school academics. Students are able to think critically, problem solve and collaborate. The middle school faculty really knows their students through their indepth advisory program and provides leadership opportunities for all. The chapel program reinforced our family values. The end result is that our child is confident, a risk-taker, a strong student and caring, compassionate person. We LOVE Trinity.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2011
Horrible experience. They ruined our child's self esteem. They promise diversity, that can't be further from the truth. Your child is nothing more than a dollar sign to this school. More and more family's are leaving for other schools in town. They are ill equipped and unwilling to deal with adversity. They are notorious for ignoring problems, until the problems become to big for them to handle. If you are trying to raise a strong independent individual than this is the worse choice you can make.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
This is my 8th year as a Trinity parent. In that time, there have been 4 Heads of School (5 if you count an interim) and 4 Heads of the Middle School. There has been a similarly alarming faculty turnover during that time period, as well. The lower school has had consistent leadership and is a program that I would recommend without hesitation. The Middle School however, seems to change directions, missions and goals from year to year. Decisions are made, and then reversed repeatedly. The teachers are caring and strong, but the leadership is alternately weak and indecisive and then capriciously inflexible. Similar inconsistencies in curriculum decisions have caused Trinity students to be at a disadvantage when they get to high school. One high school had to create a remedial summer math program last year for incoming freshmen who were Trinity graduates because their knowledge was so incomplete. Discipline issues are also dealt with inconsistently and bullying is a serious, unaddressed issue. Gifted students are treated as a burden and are not academically challenged, while much more understanding and flexibility are given to kids with learning disabilities.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
Stellar academic program that addresses the needs of each child, high quality and committed teachers, administration that listens. This is our second year at Trinity and we feel like the teachers, administration and board all honor each child, academically, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. As a parent from a non-traditional family, I know that Trinity honors equality/inclusion/diversity and parents are actively involved in school programs and activities. I highly recommend Trinity, where all children and families are honored!

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2010
Best middle school education in area. Teachers VERY avail. to meet with students and parents. Individual attention. Grads exceptionally well prepared for toughest high schools. But, there's an "in" group, which trickles down to the kids' relationships with each other. Founders' sense of "ownership" is understandable, but they are so homogeneous their control can stifle diversity and flexibility. Admin is too rigidly "rules" oriented, shows lacks of judgment and sense of humor in situations calling for both. Some non-"in" group kids get labeled troublemakers, a self-fulfilling prophecy. Admin needs to work on flexibility and developing the wisdom the task calls for. It's a tough assignment: steer a course between the Board (who criticized the well-liked former middle school head as "not consistent" in discipline, implicitly demanding more rules enforcement)and middle schoolers who need mix of firmness and understanding. My ex and I have sent one of each gender. For us, the academic preparation trumps the things that we don't like. Could be close to perfect if its board and admin could exhibit more wisdom, less rigidity, and embrace more diversity.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2010
Trinity honors each child, each day! My children have attended Trinity since kindergarten and both are thriving. In addition to the excellent faculty and staff, the curriculum is innovative and exciting. My children are excited about learning and love to go to school! Trinity honors each child academically, spiritually, physically and emotionally. Trinity Episcopal School is simply the best!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
This is my 11th year as a Trinity parent, and I cannot say enough great things about the school. They truly live their core values (academic excellence, Christian environment, diversity, family commitment), and the result is students who are confident, engaged, and fully prepared for high school. We love Trinity!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Trinity has many excellent, dedicated teachers and lots of resources; except for the constant changes in the math program, we were happy with the instruction. The student body, however, is homogeneous, rigid, and and can be exclusionary and ego-shattering for many children. Particularly in the older grades, too few kids offer little social flexibility. We also found the transition from lower to middle school (in terms of after-school time commitments and responsibilities) to be early and very abrupt. Administration listened to parental concerns, but did little to address them, perhaps because there has been much leadership turnover the past several years. If your kid is highly socially savvy and has no learning issues, Trinity can be a good choice; otherwise, proceed with caution.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 22, 2009
Trinity fluidly balances its nurturing, spiritual commitment with rigorous, creative, science-based, individualized academics. The teachers are deeply committed and energetic. And they practice their commitment to the family by not loading my son down with homework, so that he can have a relaxing afternoon. The daily chapel does a wonderful job of getting my second grader to have a moment at the beginning of each day to focus and, as he says, if he is having a hard morning, it always makes him feel better. Chapel also has done a beautiful job of framing all the moments in life, whether they be holidays or elections, in a way that the children feel a part of it, empowered and supported.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
As the parent of a Trinity alumni, I can not say enough good things about Trinity. My child was well prepared for high school and is thriving, thanks to the firm academic foundation Trinity provided. Trinity is the best k -8 school around!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
I have 2 children that attend Trinity Episcopal School and I continue to be impressed with it. My children look forward to school each and every day. The faculty and staff work hard to create a challenging yet nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2009
We have 3 children that attend Trinity. My children have gained great confidence in their school work, friendships and extracurricular activities by attending this amazing school. The faculty and staff at Trinity celebrate each child s victories, no matter how large or small. They also successfully provide a safe environment for children to take on challenges that may not always end in success. No question is a bad question. Trinity encourages each child to be themselves, find their strengths and work on their weaknesses in such a positive way. Every day our kids get into the car after school with smiles on their faces and lots of stories to tell about their day. What more could a parent ask for? They love their school, their friends and the teachers. They are genuinely excited to learn and be a part of the community. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of such a special school.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2009
Trinity just keeps getting stronger. Their math, reading and writing programs are excellent and innovative. The teachers are caring and talented, and the staff works hard to create an atmosphere that's both challenging and nurturing. I wouldn't send my children anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2009
My daughter has been at Trinity for the past 5 years. It has been an all around wonderful experience for our family. The faculty is excellent, especially in the middle school. Opportunities for parents and students to get involved are numerous. There is a warm and welcoming feel that permeates the school. Each child is nurtured and encouraged to work towards realizing their full potential. Most graduates are accepted to their first choice high school and I hear from their parents that they are very well prepared. We have an excellent placement coordinator that works with both students and parents throughout the process. Homework is manageable but consistent, teaching good time management skills.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2009
I attended Trinity Episcopal School from the Day it first opened all they way through eight grade. I believe that yes it prepared me for high school, but after going to a great public school for high school. I realized that the small social world is horrible. The whole school is filled with stuck up family's that control the school with their money. Everything about the school is about money. Some of the teachers are great, but all this diversity crap you here about 'we include everyone' the only reason they include everyone is so they can stay accredited and not hurt their image. For a long time I loved Trinity until I realized how screwed up it really is, and how it is nothing like the real world. If you want the private school experience I strongly recommend trying Saint Stephan's or Saint Andrews over trinity.

- submitted by a student
December 23, 2008
I graduated last year. My middle school years were especially turbulent, with few teachers that actually cared about me or their subject matter. The faculty and Head of Schools (Lower, Middle, and both) rotated around almost every year with drastic changes for each one many students simply stopped caring. It was a bad experience for me, and I am so happy in my new school now that I can look back and ask: I actually went through that?

- submitted by a student
July 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2007
Trinity is a great school. We especially liked the athletic program. I can only speak for the middle school which was very well rounded. Ms. P is an outstanding, caring, compassionate, wonderful teacher. My only complaint is the same complaint I have with most schools in that they give too much homework. There is no evidence to support homework provides academic benefits or promotes good work habits. The better the teacher the less the homework......

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2007
Trinity is a great school. It has a wonderful, nurturing environment that allows kids to be and become comfortable with who they are. It has rigorous academics; however, there is a balance with allowing family time. It has a diverse student population and great athletic teams. The arts program is one of the finest in the city. Kids come first at Trinity.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2005
My children have attended Trinity Episopal School for the past three years. This school has wonderful, highly qualified faculty who are interested in the overall success of the students. The curriculum improves each year as well. The school environment helps foster respect, leadership, and academic achievement.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2005
I worked at Trinity Episcopal School in Austin, before my kids were born. I was warmly welcomed, as all are, no matter what your religion. The community is a very friendly one and aims at being diverse. The curriculum is innovative as well as traditional, and the children that attend Trinity excel in so many areas. The arts are highly valued at Trinity and they just completed construction on their own arts building. Trinity Episcopal is a private school and expensive, but worth it, if you can afford it. There are scholarships available. I loved working at Trinity and would highly recommend it to parents moving to the Austin area.

- submitted by a teacher
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Trinity Episcopal School of AU
3901 Bee Cave Road, Austin, TX  78746
(512) 472-9525
Last modified Trinity Episcopal School of AU is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Trinity Episcopal School of AU Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top