To see Trinity is to know Trinity. As our head of school Chip Denton says, “You really have to see Trinity School to know it. Trinity is, at heart, a community of learners. We know and love one another, challenge and question one another; we celebrate one another's gifts and bear one another’s burdens. We’d love for you to experience Trinity for yourself.”
We have gathered some fast facts here, but we really want to show you Trinity in person! So come visit us. Attend one of our Tour and Information Sessions. Chat with some of our teachers or administrators. Call one of our parents. Ask around the community and see what sort of school Trinity is. And be sure to read the materials and links we have on this website.
Leo, our mascot, has many fans on campus! Wonder what Leo does during the summer? Watch the video below to find out!
Not to us, Lord,
not to us,
but to your name
be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.
Non nobis, domine
("Not to us, Lord")
Blue and Gold
Trinity School is located at 4011 Pickett Road in Durham, North Carolina. Trinity’s 22-acre campus is bordered by the New Hope Creek nature corridor and trail connecting the Jordan Reservoir property and Duke Forest.
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- What are Trinity’s 2017–2018 flexible tuition rates?
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- How does Trinity’s transitional kindergarten differ from kindergarten?
- What makes Trinity’s sixth grade unique?
- Do Trinity students take standardized tests?
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- Do Trinity students wear uniforms?
- Is there a parent organization at Trinity?
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Trinity School’s facilities include a 28,000 sq. ft. Lower School classroom building, a 32,000 sq. ft. Middle and Upper School classroom building. In 2015, the Blake Hubbard Learning Commons (The HUB), named for Trinity student Blake Hubbard, was dedicated and serves as a central destination for student learning, collaboration, and worship. Trinity has a Student Activity Center, with two full-size gymnasiums and a fitness center, two outdoor, multi-sport athletic fields. Our future Phase III construction plans include a third classroom building, a music and arts building, an auditorium, and additional administrative and common spaces.
22-Acre Leafy Campus
The 100-Acre Wood
The Blake Hubbard Learning Commons
Trinity seeks to be a community in which all feel safe. Physical, emotional and spiritual health and safety are equally important. Trinity has a safety committee consisting of employees, students and parents and this committee meets regularly. The Safety Committee assesses health procedures, drafts emergency policies and protocols, and recommends physical improvements to insure that all are safe and healthy.
Physical safety measures include but are not limited to:
Locked doors during the school day
Well-lighted parking lots and sidewalks
Campus-wide communication system
Family alert notification system
Parking lok monitors during drop off and pick up
Sign in and sign out procedures
A badge identification system
Fire and security alarms throughout campus
Severe weather alarms
Athletic trainer on site throughout the school day and at all athletic games on campus
Close working relationship with Durham police and fire departments
Full-time school nurse
Trinity School actively seeks to increase the ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity of its student body. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or disability in its educational, admission, and financial assistance programs.
More than 85 local congregations of various denominations are represented in the student body at Trinity School. Trinity does not require parents to be professing Christians. We welcome families and students from other faiths, as well as those from nonreligious backgrounds. All parents commit themselves to support the educational mission of the school.
- Yes. Trinity is accredited as a TK–12 institution by Christian Schools International (www.csionline.org) and the Southern Association of Independent Schools (www.sais.org). Trinity School is also a member of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (www.ncais.org).
Click here to see a complete list of all college acceptances and matriculations for classes 2010–2016.
From places farther afield like Stanford, Dartmouth, Wheaton, Samford, and Vanderbilt to ones closer to home like Elon, Duke, NC A&T, and UNC, Trinity graduates go on to well-matched schools. In Trinity’s first seven graduating classes (200 alumni total,) eight seniors have been distinguished with full tuition, room, and board scholarships: three Morehead-Cain Scholarships at the University of North Carolina; a Teaching Fellows Scholarship; a Faculty Scholarship at Whitworth University; a David Bittle Scholarship at Roanoke College; and an ROTC Scholarship at Davidson College. Other accolades include six Division I athletic scholarships; eight Governor’s School placements; National Merit commended, semi-finalist, and finalist scholarships; and over $8.6 million in merit awards. Ninety-eight percent of our graduates have matriculated to a four-year college or university.
Trinity School welcomes new and returning families to apply for tuition assistance. Trinity's flexible tuition program is a need-based tuition arrangement similar to those used by many private schools, colleges, and universities. Flexible tuition allows families to apply for reduced tuition, in contrast to applying for a grant or award.
The flexible tuition rate is based on each family's objective financial information. Families apply for flexible tuition through a third party’s secure online server. Learn more about flexible tuition.
Trinity's transitional kindergarten provides an opportunity in which younger five-year-olds can thrive and have the gift of time to develop in accordance with their natural pace. Trinity admits children to this program who would benefit from more than one year of formal schooling before entering first grade. Therefore, Trinity's presumption is that transitional kindergarten students will move to kindergarten the following year. Students applying for transitional kindergarten must turn five before December 31, and those applying for kindergarten must turn five before July 1 of the year for which the student is applying.
Trinity School’s sixth grade is unique, strategically placed, and designed specifically for our young adolescents. We incorporate Lower School influences with Middle School academic elements and social experiences in a way that both supports and challenges sixth graders as they adjust to the initial stages of adolescence. Sixth grade functions as a hinge, connecting Lower School to Middle School to ensure a smooth transition, and featuring a special space, pace, and curriculum.
Science teacher Adah Spiegel has a special fondness for the sixth graders. “They are so impressionable at this age and are so strong in their faith. By sixth grade, they are stepping out of their concrete thinking and moving towards asking hard questions. We give them a safe place to grow at their pace.”
At the beginning of the year, the teachers work hard to help with the transition from one primary classroom teacher to three different teachers. “We ease them into a middle school environment while they are with us. In the fall we help with notebook management, organization, and responsibility. We make sure they have what they need when they need it,” says Bev Smith-Fendt, Language Arts teacher. During the second semester, the teachers step back and encourage the students to take on more and more responsibility. “As the year goes by, there is a natural progression towards independence. We move to the background and watch our students make that important transition towards middle school,” says Mrs. Smith-Fendt.
The small classes foster close and nurturing relationships between the students and their teachers. “One of the many reasons I love sixth grade at Trinity is the wonderful connection we teachers have with our students. We, as teachers, talk all the time and communicate about each student. We know what is going on in their lives, we’re aware of who they are, and we can step in and help if we see something that needs attention,” says Mrs. Spiegel.
As sixth graders, the students can join afterschool clubs and middle school athletic teams. Mrs. Smith-Fendt says communication is key: “We are close to all of our coaches and specials teachers. We talk to the coaches all the time to learn about their game schedules and to let the coaches know if the students are keeping up with their classwork. We notice if a student has a real interest in art or music so the specials teacher can reach out to that student.”
Math teacher Richie O’Briant is heartened by the unique feeling in sixth grade. “I’m thrilled at their desire to learn and their healthy competition for the best grades. But at the same time they are very good at coaching each other to success. It has been a blessing for me to witness it.”
Robin Lemke, Director of Lower School, observes of Trinity’s sixth grade, “Our sixth grade program prepares students well for the next level. This is an important period of time for these youngsters, and we are pleased that we’ve been able to take the best of both worlds—childhood and adolescence—and create a sixth grade that addresses the emotional and social challenges of our young people as learning and academic expectations continue to move forward. We are thrilled to have sixth grade as the crown for Trinity’s Lower School.”
Students in grades 3–8 are required to take an annual test distributed by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). Subjects include vocabulary, reading comprehension, mathematics, and quantitative reasoning.
Applicants for grades 5–8 are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). For more information, visit Trinity's Admission Process page.
Students in grade 9 take the Colllege and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA); students in grades 10–11 take the PSAT test, and students in grades 11–12 take the SAT and/or the ACT for college admission purposes.
Trinity’s Lower School students wear uniforms on Thursdays and for all-school assemblies. The uniform consists of khaki or navy jumpers, trousers, skirts, shorts, or skorts for girls; khaki or navy trousers or shorts for boys; and collared shirts or sweaters for all students. A dress code is in effect for all divisions of the school throughout the week. For a complete description of Trinity's uniform requirements and dress code, please refer to the Student-Parent Handbook.
The Trinity Parent Organization (TPO) supports the school community through a variety of projects and events. These include room parents and grade-level reps, rebate programs, book fairs, and Teacher Appreciation Week. Parents also volunteer to read aloud in the classrooms, help with special events, and drive for field trips, among other volunteer activities.
Trinity welcomes parents and community members to volunteer their time and talents at our school. To find out how you can become involved, contact Brent Engel, TPO President, at TPO@tsdch.org.
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Application materials are available on our Admission page under Applying to Trinity. Prior to submitting an application, please carefully review the Admission Process page. You may also request an application by calling Kelly Lipford, Enrollment Management Administrative Assistant, at 919-402-8262, ext. 1504, or by emailing the Admission Office.