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PK-K, 3-8
Private
Houston, TX
Students enrolled: 265
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4711 Mcdermed Drive
Houston, TX 77035

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(713) 723-3732
(713) 723-1844
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February 18, 2015
This is our first year at Trafton (4th grade) and we LOVE it. Trafton has been a wonderful place for my son to grow and try new things such as band and tennis. The teachers are very responsive and welcome parent involvement. We have met wonderful families and we are pleased of the friends that he hangs around with in/out of school. My son has excelled academically. We can from a HISD school where he did not use test books, so this was a learning curve for him to study from a book. The smaller classrooms allow him to be a big fish in a small pond. I think most children in the class feel that way too! I would encourage you to take a tour and let your child shadow for day. You will love all that Trafton has to offer.

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2015
We have been at Trafton for many years and will be there for 5 more years when our youngest graduates 8th grade. Trafton has been a blessing for us because it is the perfect blend between public and private. Expectations are high at Trafton but all the teachers and staff are there to help you succeed. They want you to walk out of Trafton with confidence that you are ready for anything that might come your way in high school. The kids that don't succeed at Trafton are usually the children that don't like to follow the rules set out by someone else and feel they are above them and rules don't pertain to them. By the time you get to the higher grades, the work is challenging but every teacher prepares their curriculum in a way that every child can succeed if they put forth the effort. There will be no grades "given" at Trafton. Every grade is earned by the student. Trafton is the perfect school for those that want their child to become a well-adjusted, respectful and thoughtful person who is ready for the pressure that high school brings.

- submitted by a parent

January 23, 2015
I can not sing the praises of Trafton loudly enough! The teachers are caring and sweet and provide wonderful instruction and organizational skills that will follow the children long after they complete 8th grade. The students are well mannered and if there are any issues with the children, it is handled thoughtfully and swiftly. The school provides everything a student needs to succeed and wonderful avenues to communicate what is going on in class to the parents. My only complaint is that my child in second grade couldn't apply until this year! I can't wait to hopefully have 2 children in Trafton next year!

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2015
I've been a Trafton parent for 8 years & disagree with the Nov 21 post. Most Trafton teachers have at least ten years experience there & provide reliable continuity through the grade levels. They teach time management & organizational study skills that are age appropriate typically resulting in well prepared, confident students. Gradespeed & Renweb are accessible to parents & students to communicate grades & assignments. Behavioral issues are uncommon but dealt with fairly & swiftly. It's been a safe, warm, academically challenging school for my children.

- submitted by a parent

November 21, 2014
Our child went to Trafton for 6th grade. We were sold on the small class size, attention from the teachers to help learn better organizational skills and the nurturing environment. They did very well making honor roll every quarter. In 7th grade that all went away. Under the guise that students must be responsible for themselves, the assistance in continuing to learn organizational skills, the attention from the teachers, the nurturing environment goes away. These teachers would rather rely on a subpar app to tell you what homework is due. They don't communicate with parents - you will never receive an email if a test score is low. If you're sick, you get no assistance from any of the teachers to make sure you get all the missed homework. One of the problems is that they hire a lot of part time teachers. I also agree with whoever said that they don't discipline bad behavior. We have had issues with one student since the beginning of 6th grade and despite continued bullying and nasty behavior, they have failed to expel him, as their handbook clearly states they should. Either save your money or spend a little more at a school where you will get your money's worth

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2014
I am a student here. The other kids are nice, my teacher is good. I don't get bullied. I like that it is a small school so I get to know other kids in other grades.

- submitted by a community member

September 02, 2014
This school is not for us either. I am 100% agree with previous post. After two years with Trafton Academy, we moved our child to local public school. We do not miss Trafton Academy at all.

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2014
Trafton is not for us. Not sure how others define structure and discipline but we saw little of it. Classrooms often chaotic and out of control. Teachers will leave class unattended. Distractions are allowed. I agree with other postings here that teachers seem lazy. I'm sure they feel like they're busy, but they don't think out of the box and really do little to reach out to a student needing a bit more help. P.E. may be a movie due to rain. Poor communication with parents when issue arises with student.

- submitted by a parent

May 29, 2014
Trafton Academy is a wonderful school. I have attended here since 4th grade and I have just graduated and am about to enter my freshmen year at Strake Jesuit. Since my 4th grade year at Trafton I have learned and accomplished a great deal. The teachers are great and I would like to thank all of my teachers for teaching me. The academics are great and Trafton offers many different extracurricular activities such as many sports, NJHS, and student council. One other thing I like about Trafton is the low student-teacher ratio and small grade sizes. Everbody feels like they are a family. Also, they offer honor and on-level curriculum. This school has really taught me a great deal and has prepared me for high school. I would recommend sending your child to Trafton Academy. Believe you they will love it.

- submitted by a community member

May 25, 2014
Well, my child has just finished the first school year. He is the kind of child that likes to move around a lot and I wasn't sure he would thrive at Trafton. But he has. His math and language arts as well as his organizational habits have improved tremendously. The discipline and structure, and the kind, caring but also tough teachers really helped. He loves the school. I have nothing but praise for the way the school is run. It's not perfect of course but we are happy with the school's atmosphere and academics.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2014
This school is a rip-off. I went here from 5th to 8th grade and it was a terrible experience. I can honestly say that Trafton ruined my childhood. The teachers are incompetent and lazy. I learned no study habits or anything really. Moreover, they do not bother disciplining their students. When I was going to school, I was relentlessly bullied and the administration did nothing. I graduated from this school bitter and unprepared for high school. I recommend sending your kid to a public middle school.

- submitted by a community member

April 08, 2014
We are happy after three years. Level much higher than public. Not much in way of bells and whistles but that suits us. Just interested in our child learning. And I can see he is. Nice teachers but quite strict.

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2014
This is my child's first year here. It's a great fit for him. Academics is strong, and the teachers work hard to ensure kids learn. There are plenty of extra activities to get involved in. The smallness of the school suits my child.

- submitted by a parent

December 02, 2013
I am rating Trafton where my daughter attends as a 4..only because nothing is perfect. However, the school has small classes, a staff who attends to all of your concerns, very caring teachers, and lots of parent involvement. My daughter has thrived since she started, and previously attended a "special needs" school where I truly was mortified at how they were "teaching" my child. Now, she is surrounded by many positive role models, and is being taught not only incredible academics, but also moral and social values, and lots of extras at Trafton too. If you are looking for a smaller, private, non denominational school, and your child is at least on level academically, and no behavioral problems that would interfere with the other students, I would schedule a tour!

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2013
I agree with the other one star posting on this page. Trafton is not interested in your child if they actually have to do some work or teach them. Their claims to bringing students to higher level are skewed, as they only accept students who are already testing at a passing level. If the public schools could eliminate the students Trafton segregates out, they would look as good and probably better (since the teachers are used to performing at a higher level) than Trafton. If your child has any kind of learning difference, don't even waste the application fee for this school. It will not matter how many specialists you have working with your child on overcoming their learning difference. Trafton is lazy, at best and not up for the challenge of really educating them. If your child is a pretty strong performer and would pass standardized testing anyway, Trafton may be the school for them. It is relatively inexpensive compared to other proivate schools in the area. Of course, if you take the time to ask yourself why, you may realize it is because they don't really put out the effort they claim to acheive results.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2012
My daughter went to Trafton. They have a honor class which is academically charllenging and advanced. The teacher for that class is really impressive and demanding, but yet kids like her a lot. We liked the small environment of the school - it is truely like a family. All the teachers and staff there are showing the repsponsiblity and ownership to the growing of the kids. The principal personally knows the students and trys the best to help each of them. The other parents are friendly and my daughter was making very good friends. Overal we missed the school a lot.

- submitted by a parent

May 11, 2012
Trafton has really taught me new things to learn in all subjects. The teachers and staff are friendly and cooperative. I can make many good friends there, and the academics are challenging and superior to other schools in Houston. Trafton has recently bought Mrs. Wagner's, and so it will expand the area.

- submitted by a community member

April 01, 2012
I went to Trafton when it first opened in the 70's. My best time in school. I know it has changed quite a bit sine then, however i have fond memories.

- submitted by a community member

January 01, 2012
Wonderful experience in learning .The small classes and advanced curriculum challenge and interest the students . We graduated from a prominent elementary school before attending Trafton and are more than pleased at Trafton . It is challenging and my child is happy saying school and friends would be missed over a break . Academic Excellence ! Socially excellent . Kids thrive at Trafton.

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2011
My child spent 3 years at Trafton but we left due to personal reasons. Only months after we left, she took the ACT with high-school students in 11th and 12th grade. Her scores in math, reading and grammar were in the 70th+ percentile. Not bad for a 7th grader among high school seniors. Without a doubt, the academic excellence at Trafton was the major contributor to her achievement. We will always be grateful to Trafton.

- submitted by a parent

October 07, 2010
My child attended Trafton Academy 6th - 8th grades. Trafton offers an academically challenging curriculum (on grade as well as honors classes) in an environment conducive to learning. Trafton is large enough to offer many diverse activities, yet small enough to work with individuals, allowing for individual flexibility and accommodation. The atmosphere at Trafton is wonderful! It is positive, encouraging and develops leaders. It fosters a healthy academic competitiveness where students and teachers work together for success in a positive environment. The facilities have a cozy, homey feeling and are very comfortable. The teachers have degrees in the subject area they are teaching, are wonderful and seem to know each student very well. The small class sizes are priceless! I have heard Trafton Academy described as the best kept secret in the area and as a diamond in the rough It s a gem! I highly recommend Trafton Academy.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2010
I have my second child at Trafton now in 7th grade and my oldest graduated 1 year ago and is about to be a sophomore in high school. Trafton prepared my oldest both academically and socially for high school. We survived the freshman year of high school with small transition issues all of which I credit Trafton. Trafton is one of the best schools in the area and truly believes in teaching the basics. I highly recommend the school for all prospective parents.

- submitted by a parent

June 18, 2010
I have two children at Trafton and I couldn't be happier. We have had experience with many teachers across the grades and I can honestly say the administration and faculty are warm, caring and they inspire the students to want to learn. Trafton is academically challenging and students are encouraged to reach their full potenial. Extracurriculars include sports, student council, Junior Honors Society to name a few. When looking at high schools, both private and IB/AP, I hear the same comment over again, "We love Trafton students. They are so well prepared and they are a great group of kids." Choosing a middle school was tough decision for our family. We had the option of many different private schools and Vanguard/G.T. public. In the end we chose Trafton and we have no regrets.

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2010
My child entered Trafton in the 6th grade after attending a private Jewish day school in the area. He learned more in his 1st semester than he did in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades combined. His teacher was strict, caring, passionate, approachable and held the students accountable if they chose not to put in the effort. She became a true mentor and set him up with invaluable study skills for life. He feels so proud that he made the National Junior Honor Society. Trafton has a traditional approach and the attention spent on teaching him how to write a research paper and "old school" algebra really paid off. He learned organizational strategies and truly became a responsible/accountable student that works hard and takes a lot of pride in his work. 7th grade has a lot to live up to b/c 6th couldn't have been better!

- submitted by a parent
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February 21, 2010
trafton is a house and several t-buildings. Lack of educational surroundings shows little care of student body.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
June 09, 2009
I have 4 children that have gone to different public and private middle schools in our area. By far Trafton provides the greatest value. Students thrive in this supportive environment both academically and socially. The extracurricular activities include sports, language and music. Trafton facilitates a smooth transition through the turbulent middle school adolescence experience.

- submitted by a parent

November 18, 2008
I am disappointed to find that the administration enjoys writing reviews on their own school. Are they in it for the money? YES!!! As a Trafton alumn, I am always hesitant to admit that I graduated from such a dismal 'institution.' The school may seem like a 'secret jewel,' but don't let this fool you. The teachers are impersonal, degrading, and incompetant. The athetics are open for only the best of athletes, and the school even requires try outs for each sport. Only a few of the kids ever make the team, and the rest are usually left feeling shamed. In my personal experience, I failed to make the basketball team, and track team after 4 years of trying out. However, I joined the track team at my high school (which did not require tryouts), and currently run a 4:10 mile. Trafton has failed many, dont let it fail you.

- submitted by a student

September 25, 2006
Trafton is a wonderful school. They have a strong curriculum with great teachers. I like that they offer an honors curriculum and a regular track curriculum. The sports program is strong, too. My child loves it and is getting a fabulous education! The teachers are engaging and try their hardest to make the kids reach their potential. They have a great language arts curriculum. They write a lot! I can't wait for my younger child to be old enough to go to Trafton in the fourth grade.

- submitted by a parent

January 28, 2006
Best kept educational secret in Houston.

- submitted by a parent

November 26, 2005
Excellent small school that offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities (sports, music) - similar to larger schools. Two levels of academics - on level and advanced/honors. Teachers and administrators are very approachable. One of Houston's best kept secrets! Great value for the money.

- submitted by a parent

July 31, 2005
What a wonderful choice for our child!. We enrolled her in the fourth grade because I heard it was harder to get in in the upper grades. I am so glad we did. She excelled and improved greatly in reading and math. The school emphasizes reading, which many schools do not anymore. The teachers and staff are so warm and caring, they truly care about each individual student. This has been such a great experience for our daughter and I feel so blessed that we found this little jewel of a school. It is southwest Houston's best kept secret.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2004
My son attended for 3 yrs. (6th - 8th grades). Benefit was the smaller classes and individual attention. There is a strong sense of community and belonging with the kids.

- submitted by a parent

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Trafton Academy
4711 Mcdermed Drive, Houston, TX  77035
(713) 723-3732
Last modified Trafton Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-K, 3-8
Trafton Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top