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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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......
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.
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.
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.
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