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Trinity School

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My 13 year jaunt with Trinity was mixed. I have very few complaints about Trinity's Lower School. Trinity did a fantastic job of creating a small community environment within the big city, and helped me cultivate my imagination and social skills. By Middle School, the importance of community slowly became secondary to having a competitive edge. For me, there was hardly any community sentiment by the time I reached high school. I had huge issues with the faculty, most of whom have since been replaced. My Math/Science classes taught me to believe that I was inept when it came to quantitative reasoning, which I found was far from the truth once I reached college. I am now majoring in Economics. The humanities classes were better, boasting one or two legendary teachers in the English and History departments. Teachers in all departments were accessible (although many of them were so self-righteous that no one would ever have sought them out), and class sizes were small. There was a ton of work, although the overly competitive learning atmosphere dissuaded me from doing it because I couldn't see any purpose to the work other than to outshine my peers, which never interested me.

College Counseling

College counseling was the central focus of Trinity's high school. There were always rumors that....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

I was a survivor, so I was not required to reapply. I can give advice....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

Student life at Trinity was rough until Senior year, when we were all enrolled in our prospective colleges and everyone stopped viewing everyone else as some kind of threat. My list of lasting Trinity friends gets shorter and shorter each year, which is not the case with my older brothers who attended Fieldston. Trinity has a predominantly liberal environment, in spite of its being over-run by really rich Upper East Siders. Its lower and middle schools are vastly more community oriented than its upper school. I absolutely do not recommend Trinity for nice boys. The boys that filter in from the....

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