Grades 1-4

For application procedures, please choose the appropriate grade below.

Applying to Grades First - Fourth for Fall 2020

Thank you for your interest in Trinity. You may still apply for Grades 1-4, though at this time we are no longer processing applications. We will assess our enrollment needs and monitor attrition for the remainder of the winter and into this spring. Often news of families departing comes to us past contract deadlines. If we learn of space and are able to move forward with your child’s application, we will be in touch.   

Step 1: Applications: The Grades 1 through 4 application for the 2020-2021 school year can be found here.
Step 2: Email Confirmation: After you apply, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. Please read all documents posted in your SchoolAdmin parent portal. These documents contain important information about the process and events. They are also posted here in the Application Downloads box.
Step 3: ERB Testing, Grade 1: We do not require any standardized testing given by the Educational Records Bureau.

ERB Testing, Grades 2-4:
 We do require ERB testing (the ISEE Primary). Please arrange testing at the Educational Records Bureau. Make certain you have listed Trinity on your list of schools or we will not receive scores. Visit ERB’s website to learn more and register, or call ERB directly at 212-672-9800.
Step 4: VisitsWe will only schedule interviews and tours if we determine we have space. If we have attrition and determine we can meet applicants for grades 1-4, we typically do so in January and February. We also require an on-campus half day classroom visit. (For more information about visits click here)
Step 5: School Report: 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. Please do not return this form to Trinity. (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.
Step 6: File CompletionAll 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 for Grades 1-4 2019-2020

September 3:   Applications are available for fall 2020 entry
Fall-Winter:   Applications should be submitted so we are aware of your interest
Fall-Winter:   Begin to send application components to build your child’s file
January/Feb:   Months we typically meet families if we anticipate space in Grades 1-4
*January 8:   Date when your child’s file should be complete
*February 4:   Grades 1-4: First day schools can send decisions
*February 25:   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). 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.
Click here for the ISAAGNY date chart.

Grades 1-4 Process Details and Additional Requirements

Events: We do not have any events or open houses for families applying to Grades 1-4. If we are able to process your child’s application, we will then schedule visits to the school. In the meantime we encourage you to peruse our website to learn more about our community and curriculum.  
Interview and Tours: 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 by following the instructions below. If space becomes available we will call you to arrange school visits (we typically meet families in January or February). We will not interview a child until we learn about a space, nor can we guarantee visits to all that apply.

If a visit is possible, your family will come for a school tour. After the tour, parents will meet with an Admissions Officer while your child will work with another member of the Admissions team. A half day on-campus classroom visit will also be required on a separate day.
Teacher Recommendation, Grades 2-4: For grades two and three, ask a current teacher of the applicant to fill out our Teacher Recommendation form. For grade four, ask two teachers. These should 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).

Writing Sample, Grades 3-4:
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 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. This can be sent from the school or come directly from you.

For further information regarding K-4 admissions at Trinity School, please see the Frequently Asked Questions to the right.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 24 frequently asked questions.

Contact Admissions

Lower School:
Telephone: (212) 932-6820
Fax: (212) 501-0207
Email:  K-4 Admissions

Middle & Upper School:

Telephone: (212) 932-6819
Fax: (212) 932-6812
Email:  5-12 Admissions

Trinity School
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Located on 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.