Grades 1-4

For application procedures, please choose the appropriate grade below.

Applying to Grades First – Fourth for Fall 2018

Thank you for your interest in Trinity School.
Our online application is now closed.

We are no longer accepting applications for Kindergarten.

If you are interested in applying for Grades 1, 2, 3 or 4, we will take your information and contact you if attrition develops and we are able to consider applicants for that grade. Please call (212-932-6810) or email Drew Watson and provide us with your name, your child’s name, date of birth, grade, current school, and your contact information.

Step 1: Applications: Applications are currently closed.
Step 2: Email Confirmation: After you apply, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application. Read all attachments in this confirmation email carefully; they contain important information about the process.
Step 3: ERB Testing, Grade 1: If you are applying for First Grade, we do not require the ECAA or the AABL.

ERB Testing, Grades 2-4:
If you are applying for grades 2-4, we do require ERB test results (the ECAA). 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. ERB’s telephone number is 212-672-9800 and their website is
Step 4: Visits: We 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. (For more information about visits please 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.)
Step 6: File CompletionAll application components should be in our hands by early to mid-January. We will let you know if we are missing any items from your child’s file. 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 2017-2018

September 5:   Applications are available for fall 2018 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 6:   Grades 1-4: First day schools can send decisions
*February 27:   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 and at the same time, your child will work with another member of the Admissions team. For 3rd and 4th grade applicants, a half day on-campus visit might also be required. This is determined on a case by case basis.
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 of the applicant to fill out our Teacher Recommendation form. These should come directly from the school or teacher. Our mailing address is Trinity School, Lower School Admissions Office, Trinity School, 139 West 91st Street, New York, NY, 10024. The form can also be scanned and emailed to, or faxed to 212-501-0207.

Writing Sample, Grades 3-4:
A writing sample is required from 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.). 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) 873-1650
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
139 West 91st Street
New York, NY 10024-1326
139 West 91st Street  |  New York, NY 10024-1326  |  (212) 873-1650
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.