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If you are interested in applying to Trinity School, we encourage you to join us at a Tour and Information Session or arrange an appointment with Lorna Spence, our Director of Enrollment Management, to learn more about Trinity. Contact Ms. Spence at 919-402-8262, ext. 1503, or email her at lspence@tsdch.org.

If you don't already have a Trinity Veracross account, please click here to begin the application process.

If you are a current Trinity parent or employee, please click here, sign in, and select “Add new applicant.”

For more details about Trinity’s application process and timeline, click on the topics below.

Admission Process Overview

Application Process

  • Step 1: Come to a Tour and Information Session. We encourage families who are interested in Trinity School to attend a Tour and Information Session. Our Tour and Information Sessions provide an excellent opportunity to visit classrooms, see our campus, and learn more about Trinity. Stay tuned for the dates for the Tour and Information Sessions for the 2018–2019 school year.

    If you are interested in applying for admission for fall 2017, we will be happy to give you a campus tour during the summer. Please call us at 919-402-8262, ext. 1504, to schedule your visit.

  • Step 2: Complete the online application form.
  • Step 3: Submit the application fee through the online application form. This nonrefundable fee is $85 for applicants to grades TK–4 and $65 for applicants to grades 5–12.

  • Step 4: Submit the required documents, including two reference forms, the transcript form (if required), and a copy of the student's birth certificate.

  • Step 5: Schedule and complete any necessary visits and assessments, such as the Gesell Developmental Observation, classroom evaluation, interview, and/or ISEE exam. Please click on the tab for the appropriate grade for more information.

Admission Decisions
Once you have completed all the steps in the application process, Trinity’s Admission Committee will review your application. An admission decision can only be made after your application is complete, that is, when all required forms and documents have been received and the appropriate visits and assessments have been completed.

The Admission Committee, which is chaired by the Director of Enrollment Management, will return a decision by the date listed in our admission timeline. Trinity’s notification dates are in keeping with those of the Triangle Independent School Consortium (TISC). Applicants will be able to view their admission decisions on their Veracross admission portal account, which is set up through the online application process.

Applicant Wait Pool
Due to high demand for placement and high re-enrollment rates at the school, qualified applicants must sometimes be placed in a wait pool. All students placed in a wait pool are considered qualified for admission, should a place become available. The school does not rank applicants 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.

Late Applications
Applications received after the priority deadlines will be processed and considered as they are received. While most classes are filled from our initial applicant pool, we do occasionally have spaces available in the spring and summer. Please contact the Admission Office with specific questions. The school gives precedence in the allocation of flexible tuition rates to families who meet the priority deadline.

Applying to Transitional Kindergarten–Grade 1

Birthdate cut-offs for grades TK–1:

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 July1 of the school year for which they are applying.

To apply to grades TK–1, please complete the following steps:

Fill out the online application form and pay a nonrefundable application fee of $85.



Submit a copy of your student's birth certificate. It may be uploaded, emailed, mailed, faxed, or delivered to the Trinity School Admission Office at 4011 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705.


Arrange for two reference forms to be submitted to Trinity.
One reference must be completed by your child's current or most recent teacher, and the second reference must be completed by a teacher or person (other than a relative) who knows the applicant well and has observed him or her in a structured educational setting. The current/most recent teacher reference and second reference forms should be sent directly back to Trinity by the individual completing the form. Given the confidential nature of the information, parents of applicants may not send reference forms on behalf of those completing the forms. To meet Trinity’s priority application deadline, references for applicants to grades TK–1 should be received by January 13.



For applicants to grade 1, please complete and submit a transcript release form to your child's school. This form authorizes your student’s current or most recent school to mail or fax a copy of the student’s records (including grades and standardized test scores, if any), directly to Trinity. Transcripts are not required for TK and K applicants. To meet Trinity's priority application deadline, transcripts for applicants to first grade should be received by January 13.



Schedule and complete a Gesell developmental observation and a classroom assessment
(conducted at Trinity). Applicants who meet our priority deadline will schedule these through the online application process; late applicants should contact the Admission Office for scheduling.





Applying to Grades 2–4

Thank you for your interest in Trinity School! We encourage you to learn more about Trinity by visiting campus for one of our Tour and Information Sessions.

To apply to grades 2–4 at Trinity, please complete the following steps:

Fill out the online application form and pay a nonrefundable application fee of $85.


Submit a copy of your student’s birth certificate. It may be uploaded, emailed, mailed, faxed, or delivered to the Trinity School Admission Office at 4011 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705.


Arrange for two reference forms to be submitted to Trinity.
One reference must be completed by the current or most recent teacher, and the second reference must be completed by a teacher or person (other than a relative) who knows the applicant well and has observed him or her in a structured educational setting. The current/most recent teacher reference and second reference forms should be sent directly back to Trinity by the individual completing the form. Given the confidential nature of the information, parents of applicants may not send reference forms on behalf of those completing the forms. To meet Trinity's priority application deadline, references for applicants to grades 2–8 should be received by February 1.


Complete and submit a transcript release form to your child's current school.
This form authorizes your student's current or most recent school to mail or fax a copy of his or her records (including grades and standardized test scores, if any) directly to Trinity. To meet Trinity's priority application deadline, transcripts for applicants to grades 2–8 should be received by February 1.



Schedule and complete a classroom assessment. Once an application has been submitted, someone from the Admission Office will contact you to schedule the assessment.

Applying to Grades 5–6

To apply to grades 5–6 at Trinity, please complete the following steps:


Fill out the online application form and pay a nonrefundable application fee of $65.


Submit a copy of your student's birth certificate. It may be uploaded, emailed, mailed, faxed, or delivered to the Trinity School Admission Office at 4011 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705.


Arrange for two reference forms to be submitted to Trinity. One reference must be completed by the current or most recent teacher, and the second reference must be completed by a teacher or person (other than a relative) who knows the applicant well and has observed him or her in a structured educational setting. The current/most recent teacher reference and second reference forms should be sent directly back to Trinity by the individual completing the form. Due to the confidential nature of the information, parents of applicants may not send reference forms on behalf of those completing the forms. To meet Trinity’s priority application deadline, references for applicants for grades 2–8 should be received by February 1.


Complete and submit a transcript release form to your child's school. This form authorizes your student’s current or most recent school to mail or fax a copy of the student’s records (including grades and standardized test scores, if any), directly to Trinity. To meet Trinity's priority application deadline, transcripts for applicants to grades 2–8 should be received by February 1.

Register for and take the ISEE exam. Applicants for grades 5–12 must take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Parents sign up for the ISEE directly with the ISEE Operations Office and must register at least 21 days prior to the exam. To meet Trinity's priority deadline, the applicant must take the ISEE on or before February 6, 2016. Trinity School is an ISEE test administration site and will administer the exam on February 6. Other schools in the Triangle area, as well as cities throughout the US and abroad, also serve as ISEE test sites. Applicants can take the exam at any ISEE test site. Applicants may register for the ISEE by phone (1-800-446-0320), fax (1-919-682-5775), or internet (www.iseetest.org).

Test preparation books are available on the ISEE website. Each book includes specific background information about the ISEE test and experience, sample questions, a full-length practice test, scoring information, and a section on understanding the Individual Student Report (ISR) that will be received after testing.

Schedule a class visit and interview. Applicants for grades 5–6 are required to spend one morning visiting classes, and sixth grade applicants also have a brief interview with the Director of Lower School or the Director of Enrollment Management. Once an application has been received, someone from the Admission Office will contact you to schedule the half-day visit and interview.

Applying to Grades 7–12

To apply to grades 7–12 at Trinity, please complete the following steps:

Fill out the online application form and pay a nonrefundable fee of $65.

Submit a copy of your student's birth certificate. It may be uploaded, emailed, mailed, faxed, or delivered to the Trinity School Admission Office at 4011 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705.


Arrange for two reference forms to be submitted to Trinity. One reference must be completed by your student's current or most recent English teacher, and the second reference must be completed by the current or most recent mathematics teacher. The English teacher reference and mathematics teacher reference forms should be sent directly back to Trinity by the individual completing the form. Given the confidential nature of the information, parents of applicants may not send reference forms on behalf of those completing the forms. To meet Trinity's priority application deadline, references for applicants to grades 7–8 should be received by February 1st. References for applicants to grades 9-12 should be received by February 24th.

Complete and submit a transcript release form to your child's school. This form authorizes your student’s current or most recent school to mail or fax a copy of the student’s records (including grades and standardized test scores, if any), directly to Trinity. To meet Trinity's priority application deadline, transcripts for applicants to grades 7–12 should be received by February 22.

Register for and take the ISEE exam. Applicants for grades 5–12 must take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Parents sign up for the ISEE directly with the ISEE Operations Office and must register at least 21 days prior to the exam. To meet Trinity's priority deadline, the applicant must take the ISEE on or before February 6, 2016. Trinity School is an ISEE test administration site and will administer the exam on February 6th. Other schools in the Triangle area, as well as cities throughout the US and abroad, also serve as ISEE test sites. Applicants can take the exam at any ISEE test site. Applicants may register for the ISEE by phone (1-800-446-0320), fax (1-919-682-5775), or internet (www.iseetest.org).

Test preparation books are available on the ISEE website. Each book includes specific background information about the ISEE test and experience, sample questions, a full-length practice test, scoring information, and a section on understanding the Individual Student Report (ISR) that will be received after testing.

Applicants for grades 11 and 12 may submit PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores in lieu of the ISEE. We will also accept the SSAT. Applicants may be asked to write an on-site essay if deemed necessary.

Schedule a class visit and interview. Applicants for grades 7–12 are required to spend one morning visiting classes, followed by an interview with the Director of Enrollment Management, the Director of the Middle or the Upper School, or a member of the faculty. Once an application has been received, someone from the Admission Office will contact you to schedule the half-day visit and interview.

Triangle Independent School Consortium

The schools listed below are all members of the Triangle Independent School Consortium (TISC). As a group, we are committed to helping parents find a good school match for their children. We recognize that our individual timetables for the admission process are as unique as our schools themselves, and we want to assure you that we are willing to accommodate the needs of families who have applied to more than one of our schools.

If you have submitted before-deadline applications to more than one of these schools, you will not be required to make a binding commitment or deposit until you have heard an admission decision from all of the schools to which you have applied.

If you receive an admission offer that asks for a reply before you will hear from another school below, please immediately contact the offering school’s director of admission to request an extension of their reply date. We have agreed to grant such requests so that families will be able to make fully informed decisions. You will be granted an extension until three days after the latest notification date of the schools to which you have applied.

Members of TISC include:

Carolina Friends School
Cary Academy
Duke School
Durham Academy
The Hill Center
Immaculata Catholic School
The Montessori School of Raleigh
The Raleigh School
Ravenscroft School
St. David’s School
St. Timothy’s School
Triangle Day School
Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
Trinity Academy of Raleigh

Birthday Cut-Offs for TK–Grade 1

At Trinity, we desire to provide a rich yet unhurried approach to education. We believe that a vibrant intellectual education doesn't need to be rushed. Trinity is a place where children are free to be children, to learn as children, and to play and read in ways that fit their natural bent at each age. For this reason, we want to place children properly, so that upon entering school they can have confidence and tranquility as they approach their educational experience.

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.

Trinity may recommend the July 1 cut-off date for students applying to other grades regardless of their current class placement.

Transcript and Reference Forms

Please complete and submit a transcript release form to your child's school. Two reference forms must be completed and returned to Trinity by the student's current teachers.

Please click on the links below to download copies of the transcript and reference forms required for Trinity School admission applications.

Grades TK–6:
Transcript release form (transcripts are not required for TK/K)
Teacher reference form #1
Teacher reference form #2

Grades 7–12:
Transcript release form
English teacher reference form
Math teacher reference form

What if I apply to other schools? How does that affect the notification deadlines?

The schools listed below are all members of the Triangle Independent School Consortium (TISC). As a group, we are committed to helping parents find a good school match for their children. We recognize that our individual timetables for the admission process are as unique as our schools themselves, and we want to assure you that we are willing to accommodate the needs of families who have applied to more than one of our schools.

If you have submitted before-deadline applications to more than one of these TISC schools, you will not be required to make a binding commitment or deposit until you have heard an admission decision from all of the TISC schools to which you have applied.

If you receive an admission offer that asks for a reply before you will hear from another school below, please immediately contact the offering school’s director of admission to request an extension of their reply date. We have agreed to grant such requests so that families will be able to make fully informed decisions. You will be granted an extension until three days after the latest notification date of the schools to which you have applied.

Members of TISC include:

Carolina Friends School
Cary Academy
Duke School
Durham Academy
The Hill Center
Immaculata Catholic School
The Montessori School of Raleigh
The Raleigh School
Ravenscroft School
St. David's School
St. Timothy's School
Triangle Day School
Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
Trinity Academy of Raleigh