700 Route 22
Pawling, NY 12564
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Trinity-Pawling School Photo #1 - Find your home away from home on our stunning 230-acre campus. We're a buzzing community, with 8 dorms, state-of-the-art athletic facilities, a chapel, and an Arts Center with a theater and painting studios. Zip into New York City by train for cultural activities, or enjoy the great outdoors just minutes from campus.
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Trinity-Pawling School Photo #1 - Find your home away from home on our stunning 230-acre campus. We're a buzzing community, with 8 dorms, state-of-the-art athletic facilities, a chapel, and an Arts Center with a theater and painting studios. Zip into New York City by train for cultural activities, or enjoy the great outdoors just minutes from campus.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #2 - One of the School`s most distinctive attributes is its signatory Effort System. Each boy at Trinity-Pawling is recognized and assessed in terms of the effort he devotes to a given endeavor. The learning objective inherent in this ethos of effort is to teach young people that the more they invest of themselves the greater their accomplishments will be.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #3 - At Trinity-Pawling, you are surrounded by a welcoming and supportive community where you'll feel right at home. From your teachers and dorm parents to your peers, you'll have mentors every step of the way.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #4 - Make yourself at home at Trinity-Pawling. And then leap out of your comfort zone. As a brotherhood, we're a caring community that will push you to be nothing short of extraordinary.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #5 - The Smith Field House is a 20,000-square-foot facility, which houses a gymnasium, two full basketball courts, an additional half court and workout area, locker rooms, a trophy area, and an Athletic Hall of Fame room. The building not only serves as a state-of-the-art athletic facility, but is also enjoyed daily as a student social center and gathering space.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #6 - Each year, students with learning differences graduate from Trinity-Pawling prepared for college and beyond. The School`s Center for Learning Achievement recognizes the potential in each and every one of these students. For over 45 years, this signature program and individualized academic support have been providing an environment where students are transformed.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #7 - Our instructors are teachers and accomplished professional artists who are active in their fields. You'll learn from the best, and you'll do it in our Arts Center, a showpiece in itself, which houses a 400-seat theater, state-of-the-art sound system, rehearsal spaces, and practice rooms so you can discover and nurture your passions.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #8 - At Trinity-Pawling, we strive to give every athlete, regardless of talent, a tremendous experience. We strive to get to know each young man on a personal level and to serve as mentors in their lives-challenging them to become the best version of themselves.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #9 - At Trinity-Pawling, innovation is a key component of our curriculum. Every day, faculty and students engage in hands-on learning, creating, designing, and prototyping-and our Innovation Sites (I-Sites) make it all possible! These 3 dedicated spaces on campus are a home base for collaboration, creativity, and exploration.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #10 - At Trinity-Pawling, your sport of choice can be Varsity Farming! The farming program centers on the concepts of sustainability and stewardship of the land through campus-based food production, composting, recycling, and renewable energy.
In such challenging times, we cannot think of a stronger argument for the relevance of a dynamic, personalized, and transformative educational experience in the lives of adolescents who are preparing to successfully navigate the demands of an ever-changing world. Learning happens best in community.
While this is true of all learning, it is particularly true in the case of Trinity-Pawling School, where the relationships between students and faculty and the availability of extra help are catalysts to the learning and growth process.
Through creativity, hard work, and collaboration, we have forged a safe, adaptable environment that allows for students to return to campus in measures that are compatible with the health and safety demands associated with COVID-19.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12, PG
  • Students: 268 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $68,250
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $48,500
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling

School News

  • REACHING NEW HEIGHTS - 12/31/1969
    Hayden Desmond flew his first drone at the age of ten, and since then, his talent for drone photography has soared. "I`ve always been interested in drones, and ever since ...moreI received my first drone with a camera when I turned ten, it`s been an obsession," Hayden began. hide
  • LEADING THE WAY AT TRINITY-PAWLING - 12/31/1969
    Each spring at Trinity-Pawling`s time-honored Stepping Up ceremony, a small group of rising seniors are elected as prefects for the upcoming year. Derived from the Latin word for `leader`, prefects ...moreare voted in by the student body and faculty, serving as student leaders and modeling the School`s ideals of honor, respect, and hard work. hide
  • PRIORITIZING TIME - 12/31/1969
    An educational environment, such as Trinity-Pawling, that values a holistic approach to education, has multiple opportunities each day to embrace meaningful moments of teaching and learning. As a boarding school, ...moremoreover, Trinity-Pawling can lean into these opportunities more comprehensively than an independent day or public school. hide
  • STANDOUT SENIOR INDEPENDENT PROJECT - 12/31/1969
    "Finding your passion gives you the confidence and drive to pursue your dreams." Billy Baldwin `79
    It`s Billy Baldwin`s genuine commitment to sparking passion and creativity that led him to establish ...morethe Baldwin Award at Trinity-Pawling. The Baldwin Award is given to a member of the senior class who successfully completes a Diploma with Distinction, which is an honor given to seniors who showcase exceptional independence and determination throughout their Senior Independent Projects (SIP). "I want this award to support an environment where students can identify a passion and tap into the drive to create. If they can ultimately build a career based on something they truly love, all the better," shared Baldwin.
    This year, nine graduating seniors completed their SIPs in a manner worthy of earning a Diploma with Distinction: Michael Acquaah-Harrison, Toby Berner, Peter Claro, Ryan Kane, Aidan Morgan, David Poulos, Matt Romeo, Tyler Woods, and Kevin Zhong.
    During the 114th Commencement Exercises last month, the 2021 Baldwin Award was proudly presented to Michael Acquaah-Harrison `21 for his exceptional SIP! After viewing all nine eligible senior presentations earlier this spring, a panel of alumni judges chose Michael as the winner based on a combination of his idea development, the quality of his final product, his presentation, and most importantly, the evidence of his passion and drive. Michael`s tireless efforts to develop his mobile application, Eyewitness (a safety-based app for people in critical situations, which is currently in Beta testing), successfully met all the criteria and thoroughly impressed the panel.
    "Michael showcased an incredible level of individual problem-solving, passion, and a clear drive to continue improving his app," shared Co-Director of College Counseling Scott Harff. "So well deserved!"
    We extend a heartfelt congratulations to Michael, and a special thank you to Billy for continuing to inspire Trinity-Pawling students in all of their creative endeavors.
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  • COLLEGE BOUND - 12/31/1969
    As a top college prep school in the Northeast, the Trinity-Pawling community works together each year to provide students with the guidance and support they need to find success in ...morecollege and beyond. The dedicated college counseling team has an individualized, student-centered approach as they thoughtfully guide each student through the college selection process - from researching and visiting (both virtually and in-person) to applying and interviewing. As the recent graduates from the Class of 2021 can certainly confirm, Co-Directors of College Counseling Slade Mead, Scott Harff, and their team work tirelessly to keep the college application experience efficient, focused, and rewarding.
    "Mr. Mead and I are incredibly proud of each senior for all of the hard work they have put in this year and throughout their Trinity-Pawling careers," shared Scott Harff, soon-to-be Director of College Counseling. "A sincere congratulations goes out to each of you for completing the college process. We wish you continued success in the future."
    Below is the matriculation list for the members of Trinity-Pawling`s Class of 2021. We wish our graduating seniors all the best in college and beyond, wherever their paths may take them!
    Advanced Technology Institute (ATI),Belmont Abbey College, Boston College, Carnegie Mellon University, Champlain College, Connecticut College, Cornell University, Curry College, Dartmouth College, Denison University, Drexel University, Fordham University, George Washington University, Gettysburg College, Haverford College, High Point University, Hobart William Smith Colleges, Howard University, Indiana University-Bloomington, Johns Hopkins University, Lehigh University, Long Island University, Loras College, Loyola University Maryland, Marist College, Michigan State University, Misericordia University, New York University, North Carolina State University at Raleigh, Pace University, Pennsylvania State University, Providence College, Quinnipiac University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Samford University, St. Lawrence University, Stony Brook University, SUNY College at Potsdam, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Susquehanna University, The University of Arizona, The University of TampaTrinity College, University of California-Berkeley, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Florida, University of Kentucky, University of New Haven, University of Rhode Island, University of Toronto, University of Washington (Seattle Campus), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Vanderbilt University, Villanova University, Wagner College, Wake Forest University, Wesleyan University, West Point, United States Military Academy, Western Connecticut State University
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Description

Class of 1980
5.00
University of Denver, western state university-law
Lots of personal attention from faculty both during class and after class. Fantastic selection of competitive sports available. . .

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Trinity-Pawling School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 309 schools) for:

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Attribute

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2021 School Data
Trinity-Pawling School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
8-12, PG
9-12
Grades Offered (Day)
7-12, PG
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1907
1907
Campus Size
230 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
268 students
300 students
% Students of Color
16%
25%
% International Students
15%
20%
% Students Boarding
80%
70%
Average SAT Score
1210
* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)
950 - 1250
-
Average ACT score
27
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
(Shirt, tie, jacket)
Casual
Average Class Size
12 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
16
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
65%
70%
Summer Program Offered
No
Yes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$55 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$68,250
$59,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$48,500
(7th & 8th Grade Day - $33,000)
$33,250
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$58,250
$44,100
% Students on Financial Aid
50%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$32,500
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Yes
Yes
Acceptance Rate
50%
58%
Director of Admissions
Jeff Beck
Associate Director of Admissions
Kim DeFonce

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
16
17
Courses
AP Physics 1, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C: Mechanics, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Environmental Science, European History, Statistics, U.S. History

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
61
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
3D Printing Club, Acolytes & Vergers, Allies (LGBTQ), Amen Boys, Asian Society, Aviation Club, Baking Club, Bridge Club, Cheese Club, Chess Club, Coffee and Tea Club, Computer Programming Club, Computer Repair Club, Cooking Club, Cribbage Club, Dead Politics Club, Deans Assistants, Debate Club, Diversity Club, Dog Walking Club, Dorm Proctors, Drone Club, Dungeons and Dragons, Environmental Council, Finance Club, Key Club, Knitting Club, Literary Club, Math Club, Mindfulness Club, MIT Launch Club, Mock Trial Club, Model UN, National Honor Society, Poker Club, Random Acts of Kindness Club, Reading, Relay For Life, Spirit Club, Strategy Board Games, Student Activities, Student Senate, Student's Corner, The Phoenix School Newspaper, Usher Club, Vital Signs Science Magazine

Arts and Music Programs:
Anime Club, Drama Club, Drumming Club, Film Club, Jazz Club, Pottery Club, Radio Station, String Music Club, Theater, Trinitones

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Health & Wellness, Mountain Biking Club, Outdoor Club, Quarterback Club, Strength and Conditioning

College Matriculation

Year: 2017
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
31
Trinity College
18
University of Vermont
17
Syracuse University
16
St. Lawrence University
15
Boston University
12
Emory University
12
Elon University
11
George Washington University
11
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
11

School Notes

  • At Trinity-Pawling, everything we do is shaped to the needs of boys in the 21st century. We teach and learn from experience. Our programs are active and applied - packed with opportunities for hands-on learning. We reimagine what`s possible in boys` education. The results are transformational.  Trinity-Pawling offers a personal educational experience to 300 boys in grades 7-12 and postgraduates. The School delivers entrepreneurial and ambitious programs that provide opportunities for collaboration and camaraderie, independent exploration, and the discovery of passions and talents. With over 100 academic courses, 18 AP courses, 13 athletic teams competing in the New England Founders League, and a multitude of extracurricular activities, our students have many opportunities to reimagine and own their education.
  • Experiential learning is just the beginning. Our three-part Practicum for Civic Leadership fosters problem-solving skills, promotes interdisciplinary exploration, and builds authentic communication skills. Through the Winter Project, Global Collaborative Challenge, and Senior Independent Project, we place our students at the center of the learning process. They become active participants and co-creators - in and out of the classroom. Using a multi-disciplined approach and engaging with the world outside of Trinity-Pawling, students work collaboratively to understand issues, give oral presentations both as part of a group and as an individual, and learn how to ask the right questions when confronted with challenges. The three-pronged, multi-dimensional Practicum challenges every student to master these 21st century skills.
  • The School`s Center for Learning Achievement recognizes the potential in each and every student. For over 45 years, this signature program and individualized academic support has provided an environment where students are transformed - achieving their academic goals in ways they never expected, finding their confidence, and preparing for their futures. 
  • LD types supported: Dyslexia
  • Trinity-Pawling School accreditations: New York Association of Independent Schools and New York State Board of Regents
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Christopher Wren ’54 - Retired from The New York Times after nearly twenty-nine years as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and editor. He is the author of Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom and Walking to Vermont.
    • Paul Rachman ’78 - Is an American film director who directed the highly praised 2006 documentary American Hardcore, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics.
    • Andrew Masset ’67 - Is an actor, known for Halt and Catch Fire, Remember the Titans, and Kill the Messenger.
    • Michael Melford ’68 - Is an American photographer, artist and teacher known for his National Geographic magazine assignments.
    • Joseph Callo ’48 - Is a Naval History Magazine Author of the Year. His most recent book is a memoir titled The Sea Was Always There. His book John Paul Jones: America’s First Sea Warrior is the 2006 winner of the Samuel Eliot Morison Award by the Naval Order of the US
    • Chukky Okobi ’96 - NFL football player, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2001–07, Super Bowl XL Champion
    • Maurice Vaughn ’86 - MLB first baseman, three-time All-Star, AL MVP
    • Gil Junger ’72 - Is an American director for Touchstone Pictures, most famous for 10 Things I Hate About You
    • Shayne Skov ’09 - American NFL football player, San Francisco 49ers
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  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12, PG
  • Students: 268 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $68,250
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $48,500
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling

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