We do not have fall events or open houses for families applying to Grades 1-4 at this time. If we are able to process your child’s application, we will schedule virtual meetings. In the meantime, we encourage you to peruse our website to learn more about our community and curriculum.
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 space becomes available, we will call you to arrange appointments (typically in January or February). We will not interview until we learn about a space, nor can we guarantee appointments to all who apply. If we are able to schedule an appointment, your family will receive a virtual tour via Zoom. In addition to the tour, parents will also Zoom with an Admissions Officer and your child will work with a member of the Admissions team virtually.
Give the “Permission to Release Records” form to your child’s current school. This enables the school to send us your child’s report this winter. (You may wait to submit this form to your current school until we know about space.) Teacher recommendation forms and writing samples are also required for certain grades - details below. If your child is not in a formal school setting this fall, please let us know and we will work with your family in order to obtain a recommendation from an adult, current teacher or former teacher who knows your child well.
For grades two and three, applicants should ask a current teacher of the applicant to fill out our Teacher Recommendation form. For grade four, applicants should ask two teachers. These must come directly from the school or teacher. You may provide the teacher the form electronically via your SchoolAdmin Parent Portal or print and give it to them directly with instructions on how to return it to us (by mail, scanned and emailed, or faxed).
A writing sample is required for third and fourth grade 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, poem, 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 send any current piece of writing. This can be sent from the school or come directly from you.
All application components should be in our hands by early to mid-January. The “To Do” checklist section of your SchoolAdmin account will reveal if any items are missing. See below to learn what other items are required.
(Note: Personal letters of recommendation are not required; multiple letters are discouraged.)
General Timeline 2020-21
Applications are available for fall 2021 entry
Applications should be submitted so we are aware of your interest
Begin to send application components to build your child’s file
January / February
Months we typically meet families if we anticipate space in Grades 1-4
Date when your child’s file should be complete
Grades 1-4: First day schools can send decisions
Grades 1-4 Parent contract deadline (by noon)
*These dates are dictated by our Admissions Association ISAAGNY (which stands for Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York). While ISAAGNY states that files should be complete by 1/8/21, we understand that sometimes items might not be available until later in January. Due to the unpredictable nature of attrition, it is possible we will conduct visits past ISAAGNY’s printed dates (and give file completion extensions) depending on our enrollment needs.
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.