Trinity School review by Colorado College student. My 13 year jaunt with Trinity was mixed. I have very few complaints about Trinity's Lower School. Trinity did a fantastic job of creating a small community environment within the big city, and helped me cultivate my imagination and social skills. By Middle School, the importance of community slowly became secondary to having a competitive edge. For me, there was hardly any community sentiment by the time I reached high school. I had huge issues with the faculty, most of whom have since been replaced. My Math/Science classes taught me to believe that I was inept when it came to quantitative reasoning, which I found was far from the truth once I reached college. I am now majoring in Economics. The humanities classes were better, boasting one or two legendary teachers in the English and History departments. Teachers in all departments were accessible (although many of them were so self-righteous that no one would ever have sought them out), and class sizes were small. There was a ton of work, although the overly competitive learning atmosphere dissuaded me from doing it because I couldn't see any purpose to the work other than to outshine my peers, which never interested me.
Student life at Trinity was rough until Senior year, when we were all enrolled in our prospective colleges and everyone stopped viewing everyone else as some kind of threat. My list of lasting Trinity friends gets shorter and shorter each year, which is not the case with my older brothers who attended Fieldston. Trinity has a predominantly liberal environment, in spite of its being over-run by really rich Upper East Siders. Its lower and middle schools are vastly more community oriented than its upper school. I absolutely do not recommend Trinity for nice boys. The boys that filter in from the single sex schools are elitist and semi-sexist. The girls, in contrast, were lovely, but I've heard rumors that this is no longer the case. There is very little academic support. You are expected to elevate yourself academically or be left behind. Most students rise to the occasion, some don't. There are chaplains who do a fantastic job of fostering a community environment, although sometimes the pressures of Trinity academics override their good efforts. Students at Trinity are rich unless they aren't. Trinity has been in hot water with the media in past years, as minority students and underprivileged students continue to come out and declare how polarized they felt the environment was. This is true, but this is also an inevitability. The school did a good job of putting different demographics together, even if we never really integrated. My current college has worse problems with diversity than Trinity.
Trinity is about academics, and that's really it. Community service was always considered a nice thing to do, but ultimately overlooked. Many students participated in the humorously low quality athletics program (I swam for a year and really enjoyed it), and some students take on exotic sports so that they might be drafted in to the Ivy League. Most of these students are naturally work horses, and so were able to balance tasks that I never would have attempted.