Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill is a TK–12, coeducational, independent Christian day school whose mission is to educate students within the framework of Christian faith and conviction, teaching the classical tools of learning, providing a rich yet unhurried curriculum, and communicating truth, goodness, and beauty.
The information below is intended as a guide toward personal contact with the school. We welcome any additional questions and encourage you to call the school office or visit our campus in person.
- Where is Trinity's campus located?
Trinity School is located in Durham, North Carolina, on twenty-two acres bordered by the New Hope Creek nature corridor and trail connecting the Jordan Reservoir property and Duke Forest.
Our address is 4011 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705.
- What facilities does Trinity have?
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.
- Which grades are taught at Trinity?
Trinity offers Transitional Kindergarten through grade 12. To learn more about a particular grade at Trinity, visit the Lower School
, Middle Schoo
l, or Upper School
webpages or contact the Admission Office by phone at 919-402-8262
ext. 1504 or by email
- What are Trinity's school hours?
Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten
8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.
Middle School (Grades 7–8)
8:05 a.m.–2:45 p.m.
Upper School (Grades 9–12)
8:00 a.m.–3:16 p.m.
- How many students attend Trinity?
Trinity’s enrollment for the 2016–2017 academic year is 516 students: 272 Lower School students (grades TK–6), 87 Middle School students (grades 7–8), and 157 Upper School students (grades 9–12).
- What are the class sizes at Trinity School?
Transitional kindergarten and kindergarten classes serve a maximum of 12 students per section. The maximum class size in grades 1–6 is 18 students. Middle and Upper School class sizes are also small; the number of students per class varies according to subject and level.
- What is the student-to-faculty ratio?
The Lower School student/teacher ratio is 10:1
The Middle School's ratio is 7:1
The ratio for the Upper School is 8:1.
- How does Trinity view 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.View Trinity's Statement on Diversity
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.
- Is Trinity School accredited?
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 a member of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (www.ncais.org).
- What are Trinity's 2017-2018 flexible tuition rates?
Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten
- What is flexible tuition?
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.
- How does transitional kindergarten differ from kindergarten?
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.
- How is Trinity's sixth grade unique?
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.”
Tell me more about Trinity's 6th grade program
- Do Trinity students take standardized tests?
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.
- What sports are offered at Trinity?
Trinity School offers thirty-four athletic teams for grades 6–12. For more information on athletic programs at Trinity, visit the Athletics page.
- Does Trinity offer before and after-school programs?
Trinity School hosts its own on-campus after-school program, Trinity Neighborhood
, for Trinity students in TK through grade 5. After-school care is also offered for students in grades 6–8 through the Trinity Lions on Campus
(TLC) program. Find out more about our after-school programs.
- Do Trinity students wear uniforms?
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.
- Is there a parent volunteer organization at Trinity?
Yes. 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.
- How is Trinity School governed?
An independent Board of Trustees governs the broad policy of Trinity School. The Headmaster is responsible for the school's day-to-day operations, including admission, hiring and evaluation of staff, curriculum, and financial administration.
- How can I request an application?
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.