Admissions

Admissions K-4

Thank you for your interest in Trinity’s Lower School! We are excited to embark on this journey with you as you think about this important next step in your child’s education. Applicants to Kindergarten must turn five years old by August 31 of the year they enter Kindergarten. Since most children come to Trinity in Kindergarten, spaces for grades 1-4 are available only through attrition. Please read the steps below to learn more about the process and events for the grade to which you are interested in applying and reach out if you have any questions.

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  • Application Process for Kindergarten

    Application:
    The Kindergarten application for the 2024-2025 school year is now closed. Please contact Drew Watson, Associate Director of Admissions, K-4, at drew.watson@trinityschoolnyc.org with any questions.
     
    Appointments for School Visits:
    Our office contacts families directly by email to set up meeting dates. This might take several weeks. In the meantime, you will receive application status updates via email approximately every two weeks.
     
    NOTE ABOUT APPOINTMENTS: We are honored that you are considering Trinity in your search for a school and understand how important it is to find the right community for your family. Regrettably, we are unable to meet with all families that apply. We typically receive more applications than we can accommodate during the months we tour and interview - early October through early January. Of course, each year is different so numbers may vary. We will offer appointments to as many families as we can within the season. In determining who we are able to meet, we are guided by a variety of factors geared towards shaping a balanced class. We seek to meet families that share our same values: a passion for learning, hard work, joy, a respect for tradition and a desire to become respectful partners and positive members of our community. We are looking for curious, happy children who are eager to learn and hail from a variety of school programs. Trinity cares deeply about diversity in the broadest sense of the word, seeking students of varied talents whose geographic, socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, gender, religious, and family backgrounds will enrich our community. We value our sibling, legacy, faculty and staff families, yet we are deeply committed to welcoming many new families every year. A committee reads applications on a daily basis, and our goal is to stay in close touch with your family throughout the process. We appreciate your interest, patience and understanding. To read more about how visits are allocated click here.
     
    Events
    • Kindergarten Virtual Open House
    This event has passed. If you would like a recording of the presentation, please email Drew Watson at drew.watson@trinityschoolnyc.org.
     
    • Parent-to-Parent Virtual Roundtable
    This event has passed. If you would like a recording of the conversation, please email Drew Watson at drew.watson@trinityschoolnyc.org.
     
    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Virtual Event
    This event has passed. If you would like a recording of the conversation, please email Drew Watson at drew.watson@trinityschoolnyc.org.

    • Financial Aid Virtual Workshops 
    We will offer optional workshops to better understand the financial aid process at Trinity and answer any questions you might have. These workshops will be held on Thursday, October 26 and Tuesday, November 7 from 6-7pm.
    For more information about financial aid please click here 
     
    School Visits:
     
    • Parent/Guardian Tour: Led by a current Trinity parent, two families at a time will walk through the entire campus to see classrooms in action and the various facilities we enjoy such as the pool, gym, labs and more. (If walking for long stretches or stairs is difficult please let us know in advance so we can modify your tour.)
    • Parent/Guardian Interview: Parents/Guardians will interview with a member of the admissions team to discuss your child and our school program.
    • Child Visit: At the same time as the parent/guardian conversation, your child will have the chance to do some fun, child-friendly activities with another member of our team. This meeting is intimate as there are just two children at a time in a warm and welcoming space.

    Classroom Observation:
    • If your child is enrolled in an early childhood program that will allow someone from our team to visit in-person or virtually, our office will organize this directly with the school. If your child is in a public school or at a program that we are unable to connect with, we will schedule a play session on a Saturday in a Trinity classroom. Whether we go to your school’s classroom or host a play session at Trinity, both experiences are valuable to see your child at play. 
    School Report:
    • We require a current school report from your child’s school. Most early childhood programs already have this report form (developed by our Admissions Association, ISAAGNY) and will send it directly to us upon completion. If you are at a non-ISAAGNY school, public school
      or daycare center that does not use this report format, please ask if they will fill out a blank copy of our form and send it directly back to us this winter. If your school prefers to use their own document, we will accept that instead.
    Video Clip:
    • We invite you to share one brief, current (between September 1 - December 31, 2023) video clip of your child with us. This casual observational video should not be more than 60 seconds in length. You can use your mobile phone, iPad or another device (no professional recordings, please). Spontaneous conversation may be included and is welcome. Suggested activities include: Building, drawing, painting, playdoh, imaginary play, outdoor time, etc.

      Please label your video with the applicant’s name and upload directly into your Finalsite parent portal checklist. You may upload the video at any time during the fall / winter. You do not have to upload it at the same time you submit your application. If you do not have access to a device to record a video, you may email or mail us an “action” photo instead of a video.
    File Completion:
    • In accordance with the dates set by our Admissions Association, *ISAAGNY, all application components should be in our hands by Thursday, January 11, 2024. The “To Do” checklist section of your Finalsite Parent Portal 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)
     
  • Application Process for Grades 1-4

    Application:
    Thank you for your interest in Trinity’s Lower School! The application for the 2024-2025 school year is now available. Please read through the procedures below carefully as they vary for each grade. Click here to create an account in our admissions portal in Finalsite and apply for the 2024-2025 school year. After applying, you will receive an email confirming that we have received your application. Important process documents will be available to view in your parent portal. If applying electronically is challenging and you require a paper application, let us know right away so that we can accommodate you. 

    Note About Age: Children that join our Kindergarten are five by August 31 of the fall when they begin. While we realize that public schools and other institutions might have a different or later birth-date cut off, we believe it is important for children to be with their peers in the same age group. If you are applying from a school that has a later birthdate cutoff, we encourage you to apply for the grade where your child would be with other students in the same age cohort, even if it means repeating the grade. Children still find life in the classroom to be academically and intellectually stimulating. We do not view redoing a grade from another school as a negative as our programs are often quite different. Being with other children of the same age is often better for the student from a social and emotional standpoint. If you have questions about this, please let us know. 
     
    Events:

    The Grades 1-4 Virtual Information Session took place on Tuesday, December 19th. For a recording of that event, please email k-4admissions@trinityschoolnyc.org.

    Appointments:
     
    Most new students enter Trinity in Kindergarten, and spaces for grades 1-4 are available only through attrition. Still, we would be pleased to consider your child’s application for any openings that may occur and encourage you to begin the process. If we are able to meet with your family to do a tour and interview, this typically happens in January or February. We wait to interview until we learn about a space, and regrettably, we are unable to meet with all families that apply. If you are applying for financial aid, we often do not have funds available as they are earmarked for K and grade 9, our main entry points; however, every year is different and sometimes there is aid available. To read more about how visits are allocated click here.
     
    If we are able to move forward and process your child’s application, we will set up school visits at that time which will include:
     
    • Parent/Guardian Tour: Led by a current Trinity parent, the family will walk through the entire campus to see classrooms in action and the various facilities we enjoy such as the pool, gym, labs and more.
    • Parent/Guardian Interview: Parents/Guardians will interview with a member of the admissions team.
    • Student interview: On this day, children will have the chance to see the school on a short tour before their interview. Then, at the same time as the parent/guardian conversation, your child will work with another member of our team doing some fun activities involving literacy, math and writing. The activities are developmentally appropriate for the child’s grade to which they are applying.
    • Trinity Classroom Visit: It is possible that we will ask your child to spend a day on campus in a classroom in order to see them in an academic and social setting.
     
    Testing:

    • The Educational Records Bureau (ERB) is an educational advisory company that offers a variety of assessment tools for educators. For students applying to grades two through four, we ask applicants to take the ISEE Primary. This should be scheduled with the ERB directly.  

    School Report / Teacher Recommendation / Writing Sample

    • We will need a school report from your child’s current school. Please give this Permission to Release Records form to the appropriate office. It enables the school to send us your child’s report this winter.
    • For grades two and three, families should ask a current teacher of the applicant to fill out our Teacher Recommendation form. If you are applying to grade four, families should ask two teachers. These must be sent to our office directly from the school or teacher. You may provide the teacher the form electronically via your Finalsite Parent Portal or print and give it to them directly with instructions on how to return it to us (by email, fax or mail).
    • A writing sample is required for grades two, three and four applicants. Ideally, we would like a copy of your child’s writing from school with teacher comments written on it (i.e. an essay, book report, personal narrative, etc.). An explanation of what the assignment was and when it was done should also be included. If you do not have anything from your school, please upload any current piece of writing.
     
    Financial Aid Virtual Workshops 

    • We will offer optional workshops to better understand the financial aid process at Trinity and answer any questions you might have. These workshops will be held on Thursday, October 26 and Tuesday, November 7 from 6-7pm.
      For more information about financial aid please click here
     
    File Completion and Timeline

    • In accordance with the dates set by our Admissions Association, *ISAAGNY, application components should be in our hands by Thursday, January 11th, 2024. The “To Do” checklist section of your SchoolAdmin account will reveal if any items are missing. We understand that the timeline sometimes differs for the non-entry point grades since space only develops through attrition and we do not always have news this early. As space sometimes develops later in the spring or summer after deadlines, it is possible that we will schedule later visits based on attrition news and/or our enrollment needs. 
    • (Note: Personal letters of recommendation are not required; multiple letters sent in on behalf of a family are discouraged)
Please watch these exciting and informative videos! You will see children at play and at work, learning, growing, exploring, sharing, and engaging in a variety of activities. Students' days are full, joyful and balanced. You will get a sense of the schedule, our campus and facilities, and hear from students, teachers and administrators about life in the lower school. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!   

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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.