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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 Jenifer Hofmann, our Director of Enrollment Management, to learn more about Trinity. Contact Jenifer at 919-402-8262, ext. 1503, or email her at jhofmann@tsdch.org.

Welcome to the Trinity application process! We are excited you’re taking the first step toward learning if Trinity is the right place for your student and family. You can consult the handy Application Checklist below to see what supporting materials (teacher recommendations, transcripts, and or testing) need to be submitted in addition to your online application. Please contact the Admission Office at 919-402-8262 with any questions.

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 applying for school year 2019–2020 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. The dates are:

  • Wednesday, October 10 • 9:15 a.m. | Grades Transitional Kindergarten–2
  • Wednesday, October 24 • 9:15 a.m. | Grades 3–6
  • Wednesday, November 7 • 7:00 p.m. | Grades 7– 12
  • Thursday, November 15 • 7:00 p.m. | Grades Transitional Kindergarten–6
  • Tuesday, December 4 • 9:15 a.m. | Grades Transitional Kindergarten–12
  • Wednesday, January 9 • 9:15 a.m. | Grades Transitional Kindergarten–12

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. For 2019–2020, a student must be born no later than December 31, 2014.

Kindergarten
Students must be five years old on or before July 1 of the school year for which they are applying. For 2019–2020, a student must be be born no later than July 1, 2014.

First Grade
Students must be six years old on or before July 1 of the school year for which they are applying.
For 2019–2020, a student must be born no later than July 1, 2013.

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

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 11.


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 application deadline, transcripts for applicants to first grade should be received by January 18, 2019.


Schedule and complete a Gesell developmental observation and a classroom assessment
(conducted at Trinity). Applicants who meet our 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 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 application deadline, references for applicants to grades 2–8 should be received by January 19, 2018.


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 application deadline, transcripts for applicants to grades 2–8 should be received by January 18, 2019.



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 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 application deadline, references for applicants for grades 2–8 should be received by January 18, 2019.


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 application deadline, transcripts for applicants to grades 2–8 should be received by January 18, 2019.

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 deadline, the applicant must take the ISEE on or before January 18, 2019.

Trinity School is an ISEE test administration site and will administer the exam on December 1, 2018. Please register early as space is limited.

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 application deadline, references for applicants to grades 7–8 should be received by January 18, 2019. References for applicants to grades 9-12 should be received by January 18, 2019.

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 application deadline, transcripts for applicants to grades 7–12 should be received by January 18, 2019.

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 deadline, the applicant must take the ISEE on or before February 8, 2019.

Trinity School is an ISEE test administration site and will administer the exam on December 1, 2018 and February 2, 2019. Please register early as space is limited.

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
Durham Academy
The Hill Center
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

2017-2018 ACADEMIC YEAR

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 admissions 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 applications by the deadline(s) to more than one TISC school, you will not be required to make a binding commitment or deposit until you have heard an initial admission decision from each 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 TISC school, 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 of five calendar days after the latest notification date of the TISC schools to which you have applied.

Please feel free to contact the directors of admission at any of our schools if you have questions.

Carolina Friends School

Cary Academy

Durham Academy

The Hill Center

The Montessori School of Raleigh

The Raleigh School

Ravenscroft School

St. David’s School

St. Timothy’s School

Triangle Day School

Trinity Academy of Raleigh

Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill

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. For 2019–2020, a student must be born no later than December 31, 2014.

Kindergarten
Students must be five years old on or before July 1 of the school year for which they are applying. For 2019–2020, a student must be be born no later than July 1, 2014.

First Grade
Students must be six years old on or before July 1 of the school year for which they are applying. For 2019–2020, a student must be born no later than July 1, 2013.

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
Durham Academy
The Hill Center
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



2018–2019 Tour and Information Dates
Grades TK–2 • Wednesday, October 17 • 9:15 a.m.
Grades 3–6 • Wednesday, October 24 • 9:15 a.m.
Grades 7-12 • Wednesday, November 7 • 7 p.m.
Grades TK-6 • Thursday, November 15 • 7 p.m.
Grades TK–12 • Tuesday, December 4 • 9:15 a.m.
Grades TK–12 • Wednesday, January 9 • 9:15 a.m.

Admission FAQs

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 2019-2020 school year, the priority application deadline for transitional kindergarten–1 is January 11, 2019, and for grades 2–12, the priority deadline is January 18, 2019. 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.

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.

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 70 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.

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 2018–2019

TK–K: $5,680–$11,360
Grades 1–5: $7,940–$15,880
Grades 6–8: $8,930–$17,860
Grades 9–12: $10,775–$21,550

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.


Get Started

Interview and Campus Tour

We thank you for your interest in Trinity School and we encourage you to visit us on our beautiful and vibrant 22-acre campus. We host many Campus Tour and Information Sessions during the fall that include time with our headmaster, classroom visits, and a tour of our campus. We also give tours during the week by appointment. We invite you to set up an appointment with Jenifer Hofmann, our Director of Enrollment Management, to learn more about the excellent education that Trinity offers. Mrs. Hofmann may be reached at 919-402-8262, ext. 1503, or jhofmann@tsdch.org.


Application

Our application must be completed online. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the admissions office at 919-402-8262 or admission@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."

Application Fees–to be submitted with your application:

  • $85 for applicants to grades TK–4
  • $65 for applicants to grades 5–12

Recommendation Letters

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. These forms must be submitted by the application deadlines to:
Trinity School Admission Office
4011 Pickett Road
Durham, NC 27705

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

Admissions Testing



Students Applying for Grades 5–12
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 8, 2019. Trinity School is an ISEE test administration site and will administer the exam on December 1, 2018 and February 2, 2019. 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.


Flexible Tuition

A Trinity School education is an investment. We know that families make sacrifices to send their children to Trinity. Even with such sacrifices, some families are not able to afford a Trinity education. We are pleased to offer a flexible tuition rate for families who qualify. Flexible tuition is a need-based tuition arrangement similar to those used by many private schools, colleges, and universities. It allows families to apply for reduced tuition, in contrast to applying for a grant or award.

The flexible tuition program supports our commitment to making a Trinity education accessible to families from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds. Approximately 25% of our current families pay tuition below the top of the rates. Every family’s financial situation is different. We invite those who believe that the full cost of a Trinity education would be unsustainable to apply for flexible tuition.

Tuition ranges for 2018–2019

  • Transitional Kindergarten–Kindergarten | $5,680–$11,360
  • Grades 1–5 | $7,940–$15,880
  • Grades 6–8 | $8,930–$17,860
  • Grades 9–12 | $10,775–$21,550

Flexible tuition rates are based on a need analysis that takes into account each family's unique financial circumstances. Flexible tuition is need-based. We determine each family’s contribution through objective information submitted through TADS, a third-party service, in much the same way as do other private schools, colleges, and universities.

Apply for Flexible Tuition

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