Holy Trinity Episcopal School
Holy Trinity Episcopal School is a private, coeducational school located in northeast Houston just inside Beltway 8. It was founded in 1994 by community members who saw and sought to meet the need for a private Episcopal school in that area. The past 20 years have seen it grow considerably. In 2005, it moved to its present location on a sprawling 50-acre campus on Lockwood Road. In 2009, it expanded to offer grades 9-12 in addition to PreK-8. Throughout this process of growth, the school has remained committed to its mission: “To prepare students for higher education and a meaningful life experience through a program emphasizing excellence, spiritual development, and social responsibility.”
From the outset, Holy Trinity Episcopal School has been affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. The Episcopalian religious tradition is incorporated into school life at every level. In addition to a schoolwide weekly chapel service, students of each grade participate in 20-30 minutes of daily Bible study integrated into the classroom. Students in the Middle School also study spirituality in the classroom with a once-weekly religion class. Regardless of the school’s Episcopalian spiritual focus, however, it welcomes students of all faiths.
Location and Facilities
HTES is situated on a lovely 50-acre campus on Lockwood Road, one block from Beltway 8. The 30,000 square foot main building includes the Upper School facilities, classrooms for grades PreK-1, and a full-sized gym. Seven “cottages” clustered nearby host grades 2-8 as well as the library, the fine arts department, and the school’s special needs program. Other school facilities include a playground, an outdoor learning center, a baseball field, a football field, a soccer practice area, and a track.
All facilities are relatively new, the campus having been founded only ten years ago. Further construction is planned soon – within the next five years, the school plans to build an addition to the main building to house classrooms for the Middle School.
The surrounding neighborhood is characterized by single-family homes to the west and fairly open space to the north, east, and south. North Lake Houston Parkway runs not too far north of the campus, and Beltway 8 lies close to the east, though the sizeable grounds keep the students insulated from the sights and sounds of the highways. The area between the campus and North Lake Houston Parkway is currently being converted into a commercial development called Generation Park.
To apply for a child’s admission to Holy Trinity Episcopal School, parents must submit an online application and application fee, and they must also submit hard copies of certain supplementary documents. The following documents are required for all applicants: a birth certificate, recent report cards (if at all applicable), a teacher recommendation or recommendations, and standardized test scores.
Teacher recommendation requirements vary by grade. Students applying to grades PreK3-5 must provide a single teacher recommendation, while students applying to grades 6-12 must provide two, one from an English teacher and one from a math teacher.
The standardized testing requirement may be met by one of several assessments: the ISEE, the Stanford, the ERB, the OLSAT, or the ITBS.
In addition to sending in an application packet, parents and applicants visit the school in person as part of the admissions process. In the case of applicants to grades 2-12, parents must schedule an interview with the Head of School or Director of Admissions prior to submitting the online application. A pre-interview Candidate Questionnaire is a required component of this process. Once the application has been submitted, a student visit will be scheduled. This provides an opportunity for prospective students to get a sense of the classroom environment at HTES and for admissions staff to observe their interactions with agemates. In addition to the required visits, parents and students may also wish to attend one of the twice-yearly open houses or schedule a private tour.
The ideal candidate for Holy Trinity Episcopal School is curious and eager to learn, and comes from a family that emphasizes life-long learning in both intellectual and spiritual areas.
Academic Tracks and Curriculum
Holy Trinity Episcopal School serves grades PreK3-12.
In the school’s Early Childhood division (grades PreK3-PreK4), the curriculum focuses on developing cognitive-linguistic, emotional, and social skills.
In the Lower School (grades K-4), the curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child, including spiritual, academic, social, and emotional aspects. The standard elementary school subjects are enriched by interdisciplinary units of study and field trips in every grade, as well as special academic events like the Math Olympics and the Economics Fair. Other notable curriculum features include the SuperKids phonics program for foundational literacy skills, which is offered in grades PreK-2.
In the Middle School (grades 5-8), the curriculum focuses on awareness of the self and of the world, and there is also an emphasis on adolescents’ growing independence and the need to develop their responsibility and overall competence. The academic program features Honors course options in addition to the standard middle school fare.
In the Upper School (grades 9-12), the academic program is built around four pillars: a small learning community, specialized curriculum and coaching, support for students, and a “productive & consistent climate” which fosters college readiness. The Upper School offers four AP classes and extensive dual credit opportunities – the eleventh and twelfth grade curricula are structured around the Modified Early College Academy program at San Jacinto Community College.
The High School’s curriculum and graduation requirements are geared toward the Distinguished Achievement Diploma, so graduates have the opportunity to earn this most prestigious version of the Texas high school diploma. The graduation requirements are as follows: 4 credits of English, 4 credits of math, 4 credits of science, 4 credits of social science, 2 credits of health and PE, 1 credit of arts, 5 credits of electives (4 for the Distinguished Achievement Diploma), 2 credits of a foreign language (3 for the Distinguished Achievement Diploma), and one half credit of speech.
The math program in grades K-10 is based on the EnVisionMath curriculum, and the science program in grades K-10 is based on the STEMscopes curriculum developed by Accelerate Learning and Rice University.
HTES provides a wide-ranging special needs program through Including Kids at Holy Trinity Episcopal School, a “school within a school” offered in partnership with the local nonprofit Including Kids, Inc. The Including Kids program includes level-appropriate academic work as well as PE, art, and chapel worship. With a one-to-one student-teacher ratio, it provides individualized instruction to meet the needs of each student.
Including Kids specifically caters to students with autism and other developmental disorders.
Parents of students with other special needs, i.e. learning differences, should contact the admissions office to learn what accommodations might be available for their children.
Holy Trinity Episcopal School offers Spanish in grades PreK-10. At least two language credits are required to graduate from the Upper School.
Holy Trinity Episcopal School offers classes in visual art, music, and choir. Unique features of the arts program include a guitar class for Upper School students and a culinary arts class, offered in partnership with San Jacinto Community college, for Middle School students.
Students who take visual art have the opportunity to showcase their work in an annual art show, and student artwork may also be displayed in local businesses.
HTES utilizes SMARTboards in some classrooms, and students have access to PC computer labs for use in classwork. In some classes and for some activities, students may be allowed to use their personal tablets or laptops, but students are not required to bring these devices to school, and the school does not systematically provide these devices.
Computer skills are incorporated into the curriculum from PreK3 onward. The TechnoKids Computer Curriculum is used to teach some aspects of computer literacy.
For grades PreK3-8, HTES offers an Extended Care & Enrichment program in which students are provided with supervised homework time as well as time for structured and unstructured play.
Student organizations and clubs include Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, and National Honor Society, as well as the Middle School Yell Leaders Squad, an athletic booster club. Other after-school and extracurricular activities include the Private Schools Interscholastic Association competition, chess, art, yoga, karate, engineering, and cooking.
While not formally required as part of the curriculum, community service is heavily emphasized at Holy Trinity Episcopal School. The Student Council and the school itself organize multiple service opportunities each year. Students as young as kindergarten can participate in canned food and goods drives, and older students may choose to minister to the homeless with meal service. HTES’s community service partners include Lord of the Streets, Trinity Episcopal Church, Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and the Houston Food Bank, as well as local nursing homes and animal shelters.
HTES offers seven sports at the Middle School Level: baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, tag football, track and field, and volleyball. Baseball and tag football are offered only for boys, while softball and volleyball are offered only for girls; the other sports are available to both. Additionally, the school offers three sports at the Lower School level: soccer, basketball, and volleyball. Lower School sports are available to all students in grades K-3.
HTES athletic teams compete within WHCSA.
All HTES parents are automatically instated as members of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), a group which facilitates parental involvement and organizes fundraisers for school activities. Parents are encouraged to volunteer for at least one school event per year through the PTO. Those who wish to be active in the organization can join one of its committees, which meet approximately once per month throughout the school year.
Parents can also get involved by joining the PTO-led athletic booster club, by volunteering as room parents, or, in some cases, by joining the school board.
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11810 Lockwood Rd, Houston, TX 77044