Q: Do you have a pre-k program?
A: No, we do not have a pre-k program.
Q: What are the entry grades at Trinity?
A: Kindergarten and 9th grade are the main entry points.
Q: What age does my child need to be to attend Kindergarten?
A: Kindergarten students must be five years old by August 31 of their Kindergarten year.
Q: When do I apply for Kindergarten? Is there an application deadline?
A: The Admissions process begins one year prior to entry. The application will become available online starting the morning of September 6, 2022. While it will remain open through the third week of October, we encourage families to apply in a timely manner. The deadline to submit an application for consideration is October 22, 2022. (We will do our best to accommodate applications after this date for special reasons, such as job transfers, relocation, illness, etc.).
Q: What is the application fee?
A: The application fee is $75. This fee is waived if you are applying for financial aid, and is returned if we are unable to process your child’s application.
Q: Does Trinity offer Financial Aid?
A: Yes, Trinity offers need-based financial aid. For more information about tuition and financial aid, please click here
Q: Do you see everyone who applies?
A: As much as we would like to, we are unable to meet with every family that applies. We look carefully at all the applications we receive and offer appointments to as many families as we can. We are guided by many factors; we seek a balanced number of boys and girls, children from a variety of schools, families from different backgrounds, and much more. For more information on how we allocate visits, please read this letter
from the Director of Admissions.
Q: Do you have to apply before attending a Kindergarten Open House?
A: You are not required to submit an application prior to attending an Open House; however, these events are only for Kindergarten 2023 prospective applicant families.
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: How do I find out the status of my child’s application during the season?
A: If we are able to meet your family, we will be in touch via email to schedule visits. As it takes time to process applications, you will receive biweekly emails from our office updating you on your child’s application status.
Q: What materials complete a Kindergarten application?
A: The application, school visits (tour and interview), a current school report and a classroom observation either at a child’s current school or at Trinity complete an application. (If you are applying from a far distance and it is not possible for us to visit your child’s place of learning or to attend a classroom play session at Trinity, this last requirement is waived.)
Q: In addition to the parent/child visit, will my child be seen at their pre-school or at Trinity on a Saturday?
A: We will visit many children at their pre-schools during the admissions season. We know that we will not be able to visit every school so we plan to see children at Trinity as well. If your child attends a public school, an “on-going school” (a school that has a pre-K), a school with very few applicants, one that might not welcome visitors or is very far away, we might ask you to schedule a Saturday visit with us. It is also possible that we will visit your child’s classroom on a day your child is absent. This is another situation where we might ask you to attend a short Saturday play session at Trinity.
Q: Is there a benefit to children being seen at their own school or at Trinity?
A: We believe both types of classroom observations to be useful and informative and that one is not “better” than another. In both scenarios, children are in a classroom playing with peers, utilizing age-appropriate materials and surrounded by experienced, caring, engaging teachers.
Q: Do Kindergarten students come from a limited number of schools?
A: Students come to Trinity from a variety of schools; this year’s grade has over 30 programs represented.
Q: Do you require letters of recommendation?
A: Recommendations are not required or desired.
Q: Do certain applicants receive special consideration?
A: Sibling, legacy, faculty and staff applicants get preference and receive early and strong consideration.
Q: Does my child need to take any standardized testing offered by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB)?
A: If you are applying for Kindergarten or First Grade, you are not
required to do any outside testing. If you are applying to Grades 2-4, we do
ask for ERB testing (the ISEE Primary). The link to the Educational Records Bureau is: http://erblearn.org/
Q: Is there an after school program?
A: Yes, Trinity has an after school program that offers a wide variety of classes. We also have an activity-based extended day program called Kid’s Club (which runs until 5:45pm).
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: When will I have my admissions decision?
A: We follow the notification dates set by our Admissions Association, ISAAGNY, and notify electronically. For more information, click here
Q: What do I do if my child is applying for a non-entry point grade?
A: Grades 1-4 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). We will host a virtual information session to share more about this process. 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. For more information about this process, please read this letter
from the Director of Admissions.
Q: Do you offer spring tours or Open Houses?
A: No, we do not offer spring tours, but will host a virtual session in the Spring of 2023 for families to learn more about our school and the process. We have Open Houses in the fall designated for those that will be applying for Kindergarten 2023. While you do have to apply to attend, the events are only for parents of children eligible to apply.
Q: What is the best way to communicate with the admissions office?
Q: How do I find out more about the Admissions Association ISAAGNY?