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Trinity School

Student rating 3.8/ 5 by Colorado College student
139 West 91st Street New York NY 10024 United States


Trinity Schoolreview 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.

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

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.