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Application Process Overview

Step 1: Visit our campus.

Step 2: Complete the online application form. Please reference our application checklist for a full list of required documents and be sure to reference birthdate cut offs referenced below for students applying to Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, or Grade 1.

Step 3: Contact Kelly Lipford at or 919-402-8262, ext. 1504 to schedule and complete any necessary visits and assessments.

Birthday Cut-offs

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.

While the Admission Committee may recommend the July 1 cut-off date for students applying to other grades regardless of their current class placement, parents should please follow these guidelines in the application process.

Transitional Kindergarten
Students must be five years old on or before December 31 of the school year for which they are applying. For 2020–2021, a student must be born no later than December 31, 2015.

Students must be five years old on or before July 1 of the school year for which they are applying. For 2020–2021, a student must be born no later than July 1, 2015.

First Grade
Students must be six years old on or before July 1 of the school year for which they are applying. For 2020–2021, a student must be born no later than July 1, 2014.

How do I register for Admission Testing?

TK-Grade 2 Applicants
Trinity utilizes trained professionals to administer The Gesell Institute of Child Development test. The test assists parents and educators in finding the best match between what individual children need and what educators and parents can offer using the Gesell Developmental Assessment system. Assessment should be intentional and potentially have some benefit to the child. For example, assessment results can help:

  • Identify what children know
  • Identify children’s special needs
  • Determine appropriate placement
  • Select appropriate curricula to meet children’s individual need

The Gesell Institute of Child Development offers developmentally appropriate, research validated, and kid-reported “fun” screening and assessment resources for educators, parents, pediatricians and other early childhood professionals. These tools help us to understand the ages and stages of child development, and how they relate to the individual learning and development needs of the child.

Grade 5–12 Applicants
Applicants for grades 5–12 must register to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) at least 21 days prior to the exam. To meet Trinity’s priority deadline, the applicant must take the ISEE at any ISEE test site on or before February 8, 2020.

Trinity School is an ISEE test administration site and will administer the exam on December 7, 2020 and February 8, 2020. Applicants may register for the ISEE by phone (1-800-446-0320), fax (1-919-682-5775), or online at

Please reference the ISEE website for information about test preparation with sample questions, a full-length practice test, scoring information on understanding the Individual Student Report (ISR) that will be received after testing.

How will I know about the status of my student’s application?

You may log into your application portal at any time to view the status of your checklist items. Trinity’s Admission Committee will review your student’s application and make a decision only after all required forms and documents have been received and the appropriate visits and assessments have been completed.

The chair of the Committee, 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 may 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.

How do I apply for flexible tuition or scholarships?

Tuition ranges for the 2020–2021 academic year:
TK–K: $5,780–$11,560
Grades 1–5: $8,325–$16,650
Grades 6–8: $9,490–$18,980
Grades 9–12: $11,600–$23,200

Please reference our flexible tuition and/or scholarship pages to learn more about the application processes which typically should follow the same timeline as your student’s application for admission.

How do I apply for before-and after-school care?


Grade Level

School Day Hours

Optional Afterschool Program

Lower School

Transitional Kindergarten,

8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Students may stay for lunch bunch until 1:00 p.m.

Trinity Neighborhood
1:00-2:30 p.m. or
2:30-5:30 p.m.

Grades 1–5

8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Trinity Neighborhood

2:30-5:30 p.m.

Grade 6

8:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

Middle School

Grades 7–8

8:05 a.m.–2:45 p.m.

Trinity Lions on Campus (TLC) 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Upper School

Grades 9–12

8:00 a.m.–3:16 p.m.

Please reference our Early Care and afterschool programs page to learn more about related fees and the registration process.