Our Programs

Public Service

Founded as a charity school in 1709, Trinity began with a clear purpose: to provide educational access to the city’s poor, addressing issues of urban poverty and inequality by creating a school that would connect students to the needs of the city.

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  • "give generously and joyfully to others"

    as they "live fully in our city"
Today, Trinity students meet our mission’s calling to “give generously and joyfully to others” as they “live fully in our city.” Unique amongst schools locally and globally, Trinity’s Office of Public Service provides innovative, weekly opportunities for students to begin to know themselves in the world by connecting meaningfully with our community inside and outside of school.

Trinity's public service program finds its focus in the diversity of the Upper West Side. Rooted in 15 Community Circle partners (please click links listed to the right for descriptions), Trinity's K-12 program allows students to connect hands-on, experiential work locally to larger, systemic global issues such as hunger and homelessness, educational access and inequality, the challenges faced by the elderly, the differently abled, and the environment.

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  • Guiding Principles

    The Office of Public Service’s five enduring principles encapsulate Trinity’s innovative approach to service learning

    1. Trinity’s Community Circle partners are the foundation of K-12 service learning.
    2.  Trinity’s history and mission, with its focus on serving our city’s poor, guides this continued work.
    3. We are guided by the idea of accompaniment, or walking with others and put relationships first.
    4.  We believe in the power of friendship as the foundation of social change.  
    5. We encourage students to see the city as school, to connect their academic, school-centered lives to genuine human and community needs.  
    Learn more about our service learning curricula by grade, weekly work with our 15 Community Circle Partners and volunteer opportunities for all members of the Trinity community by clicking Topics on the right.
  • Weekly Service Work

    Middle and Upper School students have opportunities to work with our Community Circle partners during and after school.  7th and 8th grade students have the opportunity to engage in weekly service work after school at the DeHostos Community Center and at Goddard Head Start. Please click here for more information and to register. Upper School students can work weekly with our Community Circle partners both during and after school. Please click here for more information and to register.
  • Volunteer Events

    We invite all members of the Trinity community to join us for a number of volunteer events. Lower Schoolers must be supervised by an adult.
  • Links of Interest

  • The Service Team

    Office of Public Service
    • Sarah Bennison - Director of Public Service
    • Kim Vinnakota - Assistant to the Director of Public Service
    Faculty Service Team
    • Emily Burnham - MS/US Green Team
    • Mary Corbelli - MS Service Learning Seminars & Counci
    • Luisen Elias Ruiz - Mt. Sinai Language Ambassadors
    • Christine Nealy - LS Green Team
    • Ginn Norris - Student Service Groups

2019-20 Year End Review

Community Circle Partners

Three-in-One: Internal Initiatives

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.