The first introduction to college counseling begins in December of the junior year with Junior College Night. Parents and juniors receive an overview of the Trinity college process and are invited to ask questions.
Group and personal college counseling sessions begin during the second semester of a student's junior year. Mandatory class meetings and individual conferences will deal with the interpretation of test scores, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, methods of college investigation and exercises to make the college selection process more clear.
Students will undergo a self-evaluation that we hope will help them discover personal priorities and realistically assess individual college credentials. In addition to class meetings, each junior will schedule individual conferences with his/her college counselor, both with and without parents.
In early February, the College Counseling Office hosts an informal panel discussion for parents of current juniors offering advice, hints and organizational tips. The panel features Trinity parents who have been through the process in previous years.
The goal of the junior year counseling program is to work with each student to create a large, initial list of institutions that appear to match his or her abilities, interests, and priorities.
Eleventh grade students take the PSAT in October. We advise against any formal preparation for the PSAT. Many juniors will take the SAT Reasoning Test in March or May and SAT Subject Tests in June. We do not encourage many students to sit for these exams prior to March of 11th grade. Our faculty and college counseling staff will guide students about taking the SAT Subject Tests at the appropriate times. There are three SAT testing opportunities in 11th grade. Most juniors will take the first round of testing in the spring and many will repeat or complete their testing profile by the fall of senior year.
Trinity School's CEEB code for ETS testing purposes is 334090.
The SATs are like any other exams in that they can and should be studied for. The decision to seek professional test preparation should be a personal one made by each family in consultation with a college adviser. Please keep in mind that the most important part of your child's record is school performance - the academic and extracurricular demands on Trinity students are high and should you decide to employ formal test preparation, any time devoted to a course or tutor should be carefully planned.
Interschool College Night Program: A panel discussion, held in April, that can be helpful in providing insight into the admissions process and how colleges determine which applicants to admit.
College Fair: Four local independent schools, Collegiate, Dalton, Spence, and Trinity, host representatives from approximately 100 colleges at this fair, held at the end of April or the beginning of May.
College Visits: These visits usually begin in the spring of Junior year. The best time to visit a college is when it is in session. This is not always possible, so try to explore some schools over the summer. By the time you are a senior, you will want to have had an in-depth look at some of the colleges that interest you most.