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Trinity School

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

Academic

Trinity Schoolreview by Johns Hopkins University student. The academics at Trinity were challenging. Teachers were demanding, and expected anywhere from 5-8 hours of work per week outside of the classroom. The strongest academic departments at Trinity were definitely in the Humanities. Classics, English/Writing, and History were all very strong. The Math department is also excellent with respect to teaching, but is flawed in that there is a limited amount of courses taught. Sciences at Trinity are a weakness, and for students interested in Engineering, there probably better choices. Classes are generally small, anywhere from 10-17, and teachers are always willing to meet with you outside the classroom. The facilities are suitable, but unspectacular. The Middle School is very new, and the Lower School is old in a very charismatic and aesthetically pleasant way, but the High School is old. Exams were a relatively small part of the teaching process. Each class had 45 minute tests about every 3 weeks, and there were no midterm examinations.

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

The neighborhood around Trinity has improved in leaps and bounds since the 1990's. The gentrification of the upper Upper West Side has helped Trinity's neighborhood immensely. There are plenty of delis and restaurants for students to get lunch. Lunch at school is poor, but is required for all students to purchase. Many students leave the building to get lunch. The buildings in Trinity are under constant renovation and miniature improvements. The computer lab has brand new computers for the most part. The library is very bright and dreamy, with lots of windows and sunlight. Trinity has modern science labs, and a great auditorium. Security is tight around school, and students feel 100% in the building and during daytime, 100% safe around the neighborhood.

Sports were big at Trinity, considering the size of the school. The gym is fantastic and the turf provided a great place to play soccer and have recess. Other extracurricular activities included Model UN and Congress, the Trinity Times, many magazines run by students, and a bevy of community service clubs. Students who wish to gain leadership positions must take an active role in the clubs beginning Freshman year, otherwise they will never have a large role in the club/activity. Faculty members oversee most clubs and guide the student club leaders. Funding for clubs is easy enough to attain, as long as it for a legitimate purpose. The greatest flaw in the system is that Trinity is strict, and won't undertake risks for activities such as going on trips to other cities.