Griffin School is a college preparatory high school community defined by academic rigor and creativity. Our mission is to cultivate individual potential and intellectual curiosity within a vibrant and engaged community.
Griffin School, founded in 1996, serves grades 9-12. Total enrollment is 157. The senior class of 2023 includes 35 students. The school draws from 42 zip codes in the Central Texas area, and six countries. The faculty and administration include 25 full-time and 18 part-time teachers, of whom 16 hold advanced degrees. The student-teacher ratio is 7:1 and the average class size is 12. Classes are capped at 15.
Griffin School is accredited by the Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools, under the auspices of the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission.
Academic Program and Diploma Requirements
The Griffin School graduation plan includes a classical liberal arts program of study: four courses each in Mathematics, Social Science, English, and Science, two credits of foreign language, unique elective opportunities, community service, and an optional senior honors project. The school offers AP and honors courses across all disciplines. It is important to note that the “on level” courses are designed to maintain college preparatory academic standards for all students. In small, interactive classrooms, Griffin School students are expected to be actively engaged in meaningful learning.
Class Rank Policy
Griffin School emphasizes personal achievement and it is our general policy to not rank our students.
National Merit Recognition
Five students in the Class of 2024 were recognized as Commended Students in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.
2023 Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
In the Arts, Griffin Students won 1 National Silver Key, and 10 Regional Scholastic Art Awards, including 3 Gold Keys, 3 Silver Keys, and 4 Honorable Mentions. In the Writing competition, Griffin students won 10 awards, including 2 Gold Keys in Poetry, 2 Silver Keys in Poetry, 1 Silver Key in Critical Essay, and 5 Honorable Mentions in SciFi & Fantasy, Critical Essay, Poetry, and Flash Fiction.
In July 2023, a total of 37 students were recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars, including 10 Scholars with Honor (avg. AP score of 3.96) and 11 Scholars with Distinction (avg. AP score of 4.06)
Community Service Requirement
Griffin students complete 20 hours of volunteer service per year, resulting in a total of 80 hours by their graduation date.
Grade Point Scale
Grades transferred from other schools are calculated in the Griffin School GPA.
Electives and workshops: Students choose electives and workshops in a host of areas, including 2D arts, 3D arts, music, photography, radio, video, game design, sculpture, creative writing, rock band, and more.
Skills: All students are enrolled in a weekly skills workshop. Skills topics include: study skills, restorative practices, health, civil discourse, diversity, equity and inclusion, and the college process.
Senior Thesis Project: Students have the option to participate in a senior thesis project that has both a broad scope and personal significance to the student. Student projects must include the following components: research, writing, multimedia/product, and presentation.
We are committed to a diverse and inclusive school community, and we foster and maintain a culture in which each person is accepted, valued, and respected for their individuality. Griffin students learn and live communitarian values: We emphasize social responsibility and engage all students in school governance, whole school activities, and service both to the school community and to the larger community of Austin.
Griffin School competes in TCSAAL, the Texas Charter School Academic and Athletic League. Competitive sports include Cross-Country, Girls Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, and Track & Field. All Griffin students are expected to participate in either a sport or a PE course, which includes Aerobics, Cheer, CrossFit, Rock Climbing, PickleBall, Warrior Arts, Weight-Lifting, and Yoga.
Griffin School List of College Acceptances
Our focus is on helping students find the best-fit college for them and a path forward toward a life full of good work and purpose. Each year we graduate 40 seniors, and on average, 94% percent of them enroll in a 4 year college or university. Over the years, Griffin graduates have gained acceptance to a diverse and extraordinary list of colleges and universities, including:
California Polytechnic State University
Chicago Art Institute
Lewis & Clark College
Michigan State University
Parsons School of Design
Sarah Lawrence College
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
Texas A&M University
US Naval Academy
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Chicago
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Massachusetts (Amherst)
University of Miami
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Washington
University of Glasgow
University of Pittsburgh
Class of 2023 SAT Scores
Class of 2023 Composite Scores