Trafton Academy was founded in 1973 as a private middle school for grades 4-8. The school’s philosophy states that low student-teacher ratios work best; therefore, their class sizes do not exceed 20 students. Trafton advertises that it “establishes an atmosphere in which students develop abilities to think originally and analytically.”
Trafton has recently expanded its scope to include grades PreK-3 in addition to the middle school.
Trafton Academy has no religious affiliation.
Location and Facilities
Trafton is located on the southwest side of Loop 610 in the Willow Meadows neighborhood within Meyer Park. The surrounding area includes single-family homes and the Meyer Park shopping center. Trafton’s campus includes tennis courts, baseball/softball fields, a sand volleyball court, and a playground,. An outdoor pool next to campus is also used by the school.
Trafton Academy requires a completed online application, a $75 application fee, a photo, teacher recommendation forms from math and reading teachers, the applicant's test Scores and report cards from the previous two years, a parent interview, and a half-day of shadowing.
Trafton looks for on-level or accelerated students who are well-rounded and kind. Siblings of current students receive priority consideration.
Academic Tracks and Curriculum
Trafton Academy offers On-Level, Intermediate-Level, and Advanced-Level curricula. In addition to core classes, Trafton offers creative writing, art, music, physical education, computer, band, and Spanish. Students are encouraged to use the Fondren Library at Rice University and the Doherty Library at the University of St. Thomas.
No information concerning Trafton Academy's accommodations for students with special needs is available at this time.
Spanish is offered as an elective beginning in 7th grade, but there is no foreign language requirement.
Art and music are offered as part of the standard curriculum in grades 4-6, and they are also offered as electives in 7th-8th grades. Music opportunities include band, jazz band, and guitar ensemble. The Holiday Show in December and the Spring Musical in May allow students to showcase their artistic abilities.
Students begin taking computer classes in 4th grade using school computers. However, laptops and other personal electronic devices are not allowed on Trafton’s campus.
Trafton Academy hosts a Student Council and a chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). Students take field trips, a Texas history trip, and a Spring trip, and they also have the opportunity to attend Camp Tejas. Other events include bowling parties, pool parties, a yearbook party, and Fall Carnival.
Trafton Academy offers athletics during the fall, winter and spring seasons. The school fields teams across nine sports: baseball for boys; volleyball, softball and cheerleading for girls; and soccer, cross country, basketball, track and tennis for both boys and girls. Trafton is a member of the Greater Houston Athletic Conference (GHAC).
No information concerning parental involvement at Trafton Academy is available at this time.
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