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Admission FAQs

To help you with the application process, here are some frequently asked questions about the admission process.

When should I begin the application process?

The most common time to begin the application process is in the fall before the anticipated year of entry. Trinity usually begins receiving applications in November. Families are encouraged to begin the admission process well before the priority application deadline. For the 2017–2018 school year, the priority application deadline for transitional kindergarten–grade 1 is January 6, 2017, and for grades 2–12, the priority deadline is January 13, 2017. Beginning the admission process early allows families more time to get to know Trinity and helps us to complete the admission process in a timely fashion.

Is there a birthday cut-off for TK, K, and first grade?

Transitional kindergarten students must be five years old on or before December 31 of the school year for which they are applying. Kindergarten students must be five years old on or before July 1 of the school year for which they are applying. First grade students must be six years old on or before July 1 of the school year for which they are applying.

How does transitional kindergarten differ from kindergarten?

Trinity's transitional kindergarten provides a setting 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 they are applying.

What makes Trinity’s sixth grade unique?

Trinity School’s sixth grade is a program designed specifically to support and challenge sixth graders as they adjust to the initial stages of adolescence. Trinity’s sixth grade functions as a hinge, connecting Lower School to Middle School to ensure a smooth transition, and it features a special space, pace, and curriculum.

Beverlee Smith-Fendt, Trinity sixth grader teacher, 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.”

What is Trinity’s commitment to diversity?

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 is not a “covenant” school that requires 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.

Read Trinity’s Statement on Diversity.

How can I be involved as a parent at Trinity?

The Trinity Parent Organization (TPO) supports the school community through involvement in a variety of projects and events. These include Teacher Appreciation Week, the rebate program, book fairs, and the hot lunch program. Parents also volunteer to read aloud in the classrooms, serve as room parents, and drive for field trips, among other volunteer activities. Trinity welcomes parents and community members to volunteer their time and talents at our school.

Does Trinity offer before- and after-school care?

Trinity offers an Early Care program for children in grades TK–6 who carpool with Middle and Upper School students. Working parents are also welcome to use Early Care as needed. The mission of Early Care is to provide our younger students a place for supervised play before school begins. Early Care opens at 7:45 a.m., and a Trinity staff member escorts the students to the Lower School Building at 8:15 a.m. each morning.

Trinity School hosts its own on-campus after-school program, Trinity Neighborhood, for Trinity students in transitional kindergarten through grade 6. After-school care is also offered for students in grades 7–8 through the Trinity Lions on Campus (TLC) program.

How much does it cost to attend Trinity?

Tuition ranges for 2017–2018

TK–K $5,680–$11,360
Grades 1–5 $7,750–$15,500
Grades 6–8 $8,595–$17,190
Grades 9–12 $10,375–$20,750

For more information on our flexible tuition, please click here.

Is tuition assistance available?

Yes. Trinity School welcomes new and returning families to apply for the flexible tuition program, 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.

What does it mean to be placed in a wait pool?

Due to high demand for placement and high re-enrollment rates at Trinity, qualified applicants may be placed in a wait pool. All students placed in a wait pool are deemed qualified for admission, should a place become available. The school does not rank applicants who are placed in the wait pool. Whenever a space becomes available, the school will offer admission to the candidate who is the best fit for that class.

Does Trinity accept international students?

Trinity admits a limited number of students from international countries for admission to grades 9–12. For the fall of 2017, Trinity will welcome three students from China. Interested students should contact the Admission Office at 919-402-8262, ext 1504, or admission@tsdch.org.

Students from China
Trinity has an exclusive agreement with New Oasis to bring students from China to our campus starting in the Fall of 2017. New Oasis works to bridge the gaps between opportunity and success within international education through industry-leading programs and partnerships, while building trust and fostering goodwill between the local community, international students, alumni, and their families.

We plan to admit at least two international students each year, and New Oasis offers the support needed to interview students, test students, set up a host/home-stay program, and support the school and the student academically, culturally, and socially through the young person's Upper School education at Trinity.

New Oasis is an expert in the field, and they currently partner with more than 60 schools in the U.S. and serve over 400 students and their families.