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Trinity School

Student rating 4.8/5 by Harvard University student
139 West 91st Street New York NY 10024 United States

Academic

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.

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

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.