Admissions 5-12

Thank you for your interest in Trinity’s Middle and Upper School! The application process has closed for the 2023-2024 school year as of November 15th, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact our office. 

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  • Fall Events

    In case you missed our virtual Open House and/or Conversation with Trinity's Affinity Groups, and would like to watch the recording please email us to request a link. We will be happy to share. Thank you. 
  • Application Process

    Step 1: Application
    The application for the 2023-2024 school year is now closed.
    Step 2: On-Campus Tour And Virtual Interview
    Once you have submitted your application, please register for an on-campus tour with our student ambassadors and a virtual interview with one of our admissions officers. You will be able to register through the portal for a date and time that is convenient for you and your family. The on-campus tour is optional, but the interview is required..
    Note: if you are applying for grades 5-8, 10 and 11 our office will reach out to set up an interview and tour only if there is availability due to attrition. Feel free to complete all steps of the application to be considered, if a spot opens up. 
    Step 3: File Completion
    All application components should be in our hands by January 15, 2023. The “To Do” checklist section of your SchoolAdmin account will reveal if any items are missing. Note: Personal letters of recommendation are not required; multiple letters sent in on behalf of a family are discouraged.
    To complete your application, please submit the following pieces by January 15th, 2023 to our admissions portal:
    Grades 9, 10 and 11
    1 Math Teacher Recommendation
    1 English Teacher Recommendation
    1 Counselor or Principal Recommendation
    Fall 2022 Grades
    Final 2021 - School Transcript
    Final 2020 – School Transcript
    Standardized Test Scores (SSAT or ISEE)
    1 Student Essay
    1 Graded Writing Sample
    Financial Aid Application
    Grades 5 - 8
    1 Teacher Recommendation Form
    Fall 2022 Grades
    Final 2021 - School Transcript
    Final 2020 – School Transcript
    Standardized Test Scores (SSAT or ISEE)
    1 Student Essay
    Financial Aid Application
    Step 4 Financial Aid (Optional):
    On October 15 2022, Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS) will be accessible to all applicants. Please submit your most recent 1040, other supporting documents and W2 to the portal along with your financial aid application.
    Step 5: Decisions
    We will be sending decisions on March 1st, 2023 by 4:00 PM.
  • FAQ

    Q: What is the best way to learn about Trinity’s programs and community?
    A: The best place to start learning about our school is through the content on our website. Please review all links to videos, publications and links. Additionally, the admissions office will host a few events in the fall where you will hear from our leadership, faculty and student body. Lastly, if you have any additional questions, please make sure to bring them to your interview.
    Q: Do you have to apply before attending an Open House?
    A: You are not required to submit an application prior to attending an Open House.
    Q: Can parents have a tour before submitting an application?
    A: No, we need to have an application in order to schedule a tour and interview.
    Q: When do applications for Grade 9 open and what is the deadline?
    The Admissions process begins one year prior to entry. The online application opens on Tuesday, September 6th, 2022, and is due by Sunday, November 13th. The supporting documents (see application steps) are due on January 15th, 2023.
    Q: Is there an application fee?
    A: The application fee, to be submitted with the initial online application, is $75. If you are applying for Financial Aid, the application fee is waived.
    Q: Does Trinity School offer Financial Aid?
    A: Yes. Trinity has a robust need-based financial aid budget which is dedicated to supporting our strong commitment to socio-economic diversity. To apply with Financial Aid, check the Financial Aid box on your initial online application. You can learn more about Trinity’s Financial Aid program by clicking here. Trinity utilizes SSS (School and Student Services) for managing all financial aid forms. You can click here to access the portal and begin your financial aid application.
    Q: If I am locked out of the School Admin Portal, what do I do?
    Q: What is the best way to communicate with the admissions office?
    Q:How do I find out more about the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY)?
    A:Visit the ISAAGNY website at:
    Q: Does Trinity School provide housing? Does the School provide visa and immigration assistance?
    A:Trinity is a day school only. Students live with their families in NYC and its surrounding areas. We do not help with visas or immigration procedures.

    Q: Does Trinity Require Standardized Testing?
    A: Yes, to apply to Trinity, all applicants must take an Admissions Standardized Test. Applicants applying for Grades 5-8 must take the ISEE exam.  Applicants applying for Grade 9-11 have the option to take either the  ISEE exam or the SSAT exam. Please take the test between August 20 and January 6 of the application year, and have the scores sent directly to Trinity School. Testing codes for Trinity are ISEE-334090 and SSAT-7769.
    Q: Do you meet everyone that applies?
    A: Yes, all applications that are submitted by November 15th will be guaranteed an interview.
    Q: Is there an essay part of the application?
    A: Yes, there is an essay component to the application that is mandatory for the applicant to complete. We also require a Graded Writing Sample from your current school year for applicants applying for grades 9, 10 and 11.
    Q: What if my transcript cannot be sent by January 15th, 2023 due to the term/semester ending later than that date?
    A: Do not worry if this is the case. It will not affect your admissions chances. Simply have the school send the transcript to us as soon as it is available.
    Q: How do I submit materials to complete my application?
    A: ​​We request you upload and submit all documents through the admissions portal and refrain from emailing us the files. Our office is small, so please follow the instructions on the portal on how to submit all the documents. This will ensure transparency on what is missing and what is not.
    Q: When will I have my admissions decision?
    A: We follow the notification dates set by our Admissions Association, ISAAGNY, and notify electronically on March 1st, 2023. For more information, click here.
    Q: Is there a waitlist?
    A: We do waitlist some applicants on the notification date (March 1st, 2023). If a space opens for you, we will reach out as soon as possible. We would like for you to check in with us to indicate whether you wish to remain on the waitlist, or if you decide to enroll at a different school.
    Q: Is there bus service provided?
    A: There is limited Manhattan public bus service which is free and available depending on your home location. We do not have bus service to Trinity from out of the borough of Manhattan. There is a private bus option for families that live downtown.
    Q: What do I do if my child is applying for a non-entry point grade?
    A: Grades 5-8, 10, 11 are considered “waitlist” grades at Trinity since they are non-entry points. We interview and enroll students for these grades when we have attrition. Though we typically do not know for many months whether or not we will have space, families interested in applying are still encouraged to submit an application in the fall and send supporting documents to build your child’s file. If we learn of space and can meet your son or daughter, we will be in touch to schedule a visit in January or February (or later in the spring depending on late attrition news and/or our enrollment needs). Though we do not have large events or group tours for these grades, we encourage you to peruse our website to learn about our school.
Located on the Upper West Side of New York City, Trinity School is a college preparatory, coeducational independent school for grades K-12. Since 1709, Trinity has provided a world-class education to its students with rigorous academics and outstanding programs in athletics, the arts, peer leadership, and global travel.