Trinity School review by Harvard University student. Trinity has an extremely strong academic program. The history department stands out for its teachers and programs, as well as the electives it offers. The classes are all under twenty, and this adds tremendously to the high school experience. My French Literature class senior year had eleven people in it; my Spanish I class freshman year had ten. This really helped us learn the language, whether we were practicing basic conversation skills or discussing Baudelaire. All the Trinity faculty are totally focused on the students. They are always available and really want to help the students, giving freely both homework help and college recommendations. The only faults Trinity academics had were in its science program; none of the sciences were strong, and extra science development (such as science fairs) was not encouraged. The workload at Trinity varies per student, but certainly at least three hours of work a night was normal. Work increased as classes got harder. One of the great things about Trinity was its emphasis on student presentations and speaking to the class; without the constant oral requirements, its graduates would have had much less confidence when facing similar requirements in college.
Trinity has an extraordinarily successful college counseling program. Huge percentages of students attend Ivy League institutions. My college counselor was great. He helped me narrow down my list and encouraged me to apply early to Harvard. Trinity's policy that once in early, no student may apply regular, helps the majority of the student body, since the best students do not take extra spots, and colleges are sure that students will attend once accepted. The college counseling program is also very organized, and encourages students to start thinking early about where they might like to apply and how best to present themselves; however, it is not so early as to cause undue stress. Academically, Trinity prepares a student excellently for college. No Trinity student can say that they struggled once they arrived at school; at least, if they did, it is not the school's fault. Trinity gives all its students great writing skills that provide an advantage at any school. We are also taught to think and think well, which makes the transition to college courses that much easier. Trinity places students in their college of choice because of its talented college counselors. Larry Momo was my college counselor, and he was an excellent one. Also, Trinity's high standards of education allow colleges to feel confident that the student they are accepting will survive in a stringent academic atmosphere.
Trinity is in a safe Upper West Side neighborhood. There were a few incidents during my time there, but all could have been avoided by taking a safer route, or having a buddy to walk with at night. However, precautions such as these do have to be considered. The cafeteria serves pretty good food, and there is enough variety. The building itself is not gorgeous, but it serves its purpose; the classrooms may not all have windows, but they do have desks, blackboards, and often slide projectors and even televisions. Trinity does not itself run very many social events; this could have been done better. A few dances wouldn't have hurt. But the small classes and break during the day, as well as extracurriculars, allow people to get to know each other. Also, the many plays and musicals offer great entertainment in the evenings.
Trinity offers many extracurriculars: in my time, I participated casually in the newspaper and language clubs (French and Spanish), and more seriously in the Math Club and the Swim team. The school also has many other activites (some that I can think of: Model UN, Model Congress, music magazine, political magazine, various ethnicity-based organizations, and many more.) The activity that had the most lasting effect on me was definitely the Trinity Swim team; I was on Varsity all 4 years and Captain my senior year. The Swim team was a community, for in addition to constant swim practices, we socialized, held dinners, and really got to know each other. For 4 months in the winter, the regular swim meets and practice every day took over my schedule. I became a much better swimmer as I got older. Also, from captaining I gained leadership skills and learned to relate to people. Trinity is remarkable also in that it has a pool in its basement, which was very convenient.