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Trinity School

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139 West 91st Street New York NY 10024 United States
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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

Trinity has an extraordinarily successful college counseling program. Huge percentages of students attend Ivy League....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • 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

I attended Trinity since kindergarten, and can therefore not offer much light on the high....

Sample insights on admissions

  • 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. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • 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 transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

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....

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