Upper School Application Process
The application process for grades 9-12 consists of the following components:
- Completion of an online application
- Individual testing (register for the ISEE exam at www.iseetest.org)
- Teacher recommendations for math and English
- Current transcript (through mid-year)
- Completion of the student supplement
- An interview with a member of the admissions committee
- Optional school day visit
A printable checklist can be found to the right. Please call 817.321.0116 if you have any questions.
Each fall, TVS students enjoy a big Texas welcome to campus with Howdy week. After a dodge ball tournament on the first day of school, students splash the afternoon away, enjoying waterslides on the athletic fields. The week culminates with a roller skating party and back to school dance. Howdy week is a great chance for new and returning students to make friends and enjoy being together at TVS.
The heart of the students' day in upper school is the study of one subject in each of five major areas of study every year, with some flexibility in the categories in senior year. Students choose electives and coursework of personal interest, but the areas of English, mathematics, science, social studies, and foreign language form the core of every schedule.
Classes in the liberal arts core are most frequently taken at the honors or Advanced Placement level. In addition, students interested in accelerated math and science may be selected for honors and AP class sections on the basis of their intellectual curiosity and proficiency.
The PRIDE club, People Respecting Individual Differences Everywhere, meets on a regular basis to discuss issues of diversity and appreciation of differences. The group organizes PRIDE day each spring, which includes speakers, presentations, and activities for all students in the upper school. The event encourages students to respect and appreciate differences in each other and in their community.
Stained glass, ceramics, papier mache, mosaics, painting, and drawing—you name it, TVS studio art students are creating it! Upper school students enjoy working with potter’s wheels and firing their creations right on campus in our three kilns. Students learn to create and frame stained-glass mosaics and window hangings to treasure long after their high school years.
Upper school students perform in a range of productions throughout the school year, including plays, musicals, and one-act productions. In drama class, students learn the fundamentals of theater, including acting, lighting, and sound. Students also take part in productions after school, practicing and performing in the 400-seat auditorium, 150-seat black box theater, and outdoor amphitheater on campus.
The TVS athletic program provides students an opportunity to compete against other schools, to be challenged as individuals and to work with others to achieve goals as a team. The key to fielding athletic teams is based on student participation. Trinity Valley School ensures that every student will be placed on a team. Trojans may play football, volleyball, soccer, field hockey, baseball, softball, tennis, basketball, cross-country, track, and golf.
From Habitat house builds to sewing blankets for needy newborns, TVS students are making a difference in Fort Worth and beyond. Students are required to complete 60 hours of service before graduation. The Community Service Club organizes service opportunities above and beyond the required hours.