Student Life

Advisory and Clubs

Audrey, Middle School Chess and Robotics Clubs

The Robotics and Chess clubs are fun and have taught me many unique skills. 

Middle School Advisory

The Middle School advisory program provides students with an individualized, nurturing Environment in which to learn how to exhibit character, participate in a healthy learning environment, and practice servant leadership. Middle School advisories are organized into two separate meeting times, Charger 30 and Flex Time. Charger 30 provides time for mentoring and academic counseling and occurs every Wednesday for thirty minutes. Flex Time, which occurs weekly for one hour, provides time to teach social and emotional skills, organize grade specific servant leadership projects, and develop students’ individual interests. Special speakers are also included in the Middle School advisory experience and provide students with a different perspective and to challenge students to exercise leadership initiative and to be servant leaders. Middle School advisory groups also participate in themed challenges such a pumpkin carving contest, a gingerbread house challenge, and a door decorating contest.

Middle School Clubs

Student-led clubs use ideas suggested by students. Teachers sign up to host a club and students then sign up for the club of their choice. Club sign-ups occur for each trimester. Options have included cooking, kickball, board games, computer coding, Kindness Club, Bible study, book club, scrapbooking, Legos, card games, crafts, and more.

Middle School Chess Club

Students from fourth grade to eighth grade (and sometimes beyond) participate in Trinity’s award- winning Chess Club. In 2018-2019, Trinity won all seven of its matches and ended the season at the Texas Chess Federation's West Texas Regionals by sweeping all four first place titles.

Middle School Robotics Club

The Amazing Trinity Dragons (Robotics Club) placed First overall and also received the Pinnacle Award for top single round score at the GEAR (Get Excited About Robotics) Elementary Playoff tournament.

Upper School Advisory

As a college preparatory community, we dedicate most of the Upper School advisory experience to exploring who the student is, their strengths and weaknesses, their personality and skill set, as well as college exploration and preparation. Upper School advisory groups create a positive and collaborative space in the school community where students can address individual areas of need related to developmental stages and adolescent issues. Upper School advisory groups are single gender, scheduled by grade level and include 10 to 13 students. Upper School advisory groups meet for thirty-five minutes on Wednesday afternoons and again for thirty minutes on Thursdays. Wednesdays are devoted to a program called Charger 30, a time for advisors to meet individually with students to review academic performance and progress, and to investigate strategies for improvement. Thursday sessions are organized around different goals and priorities appropriate to each grade level. Upper School advisory groups also build elements of servant leadership and serve as teams. Guest speakers are often invited to advisory groups to broaden students’ knowledge of the world beyond the School’s doors and offer expertise from different perspectives.

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  • Grade Nine

    Grade Nine advisory groups focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) which is defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL, 2019) as “the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” Activities relate to topics such as managing stress, clarifying values and growth opportunities, developing skills for becoming the best you, defining self- respect, and discussions on bullying, kindness, and mindfulness.
  • Grade Ten

    Grade Ten advisory groups focus on College and Career Exploration. Advisory activities help students determine and/or identify their strengths, learning styles, interests, and potential career path. As examples, students complete career quizzes published by the Princeton Review and explore resources provided by the College Board College and Career Search. These advisory experiences prepare them for their Expeditionary Learning trip where they begin considering what type of university will fit their individual style and career path.
  • Grade Eleven

    Grade Eleven advisory groups focus on preparing for college exams in the fall and beginning the college planning process in the spring. Activities are designed to get students ready for the college application process that occupies early fall for seniors. In Grade Eleven, students are assigned tutorials in Khan Academy for test prep directly tied to their results on the PSAT. Students can also access test strategy tutorials and practice exams through their Khan Academy login. In the spring, students use Naviance to take key personality and college major surveys to help fine-tune their college search.
  • Grade Twelve

    Grade Twelve advisory groups focus on college applications. They spend most of the fall working with the School’s college counseling team, Dr. Wetendorf and Ms. Faris, and submit applications, essays, and letters of recommendation as required. In the spring they begin scholarship applications and complete Life 101, a series of activities designed to develop the skills necessary for independent living, including dorm cooking skills, clothing care, nutrition tips for college, and financial basic. Seniors also learn CPR, as well as basic self-defense, first aid, auto care (including how to change a tire).

Upper School Clubs

All students have the opportunity to join or to lead a student-led club. This student-led club initiative encouraged students to build bonds across the grade levels, to emerge as leaders, to demonstrate organizational skills, and to contribute to meeting the needs of age-grade peers. Some of the clubs have been 80's Culture Club, Animal Rescue Club, Astronomy Club, Biology Club, Dodgeball Club, FOR (Friends of Rachel) Club, Games Club, Girls of Greatness Club, Grill Masters Club, Happy Helpers Club, Jam Club, Karaoke Club, On the Spot (Improv) Club, Reading Buddies, Seasonal Spirit Club, Secret Sisters Club, Table Tennis Club, Tech Prefects, and Wii Sports Club.