Trinity-Pawling School

700 Route 22
Pawling, NY 12564
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 #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 - 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 #8 - 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 #9 - 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.

Upcoming Events and News

  • GARDINER THEATER’S YEAR-END FINALE - 06/21/2021 - The Trinity-Pawling Theater Department presented Monty Python`s The Edukational Show to cap a year absent of indoor theater. In Theater Director Kent Burnham`s final play at Trinity-Pawling, the series of ...moreskits interspersed by music, animation, and shorts from the original Monty Python cast pushed the audience to consider the absurdity of the mundane.

    A bizarre opening skit capped senior Jackson McAvoy`s wonderful career as a leader on stage, as his character resisted an impulse to use scissors for a more violent purpose than cutting hair. The dreamy, drawn-out opening captured the audience, giving way to belly laughs filling the theater throughout the night.

    The Kathleen Claypool Prize for Dramatic Arts winner Kyle Tanner `21 showcased his humor and command of the British air in a skit where he donned a coat and tie to reminisce with friends about how much worse things were `in those days.` Senior Christian Strader showcased his beautiful voice, belting alongside youngsters Phuc Vu `22 and Junyoung Park `22 about the deliciousness of SPAM in their on-stage Trinity-Pawling debut. Max Camaj `23 and Daniel Lisanti `22 also made their premiere performances for Trinity-Pawling, establishing a promising future for more laughs and tears in Gardiner Theater.

    Assistant Director Joe Osborne `21 finalized his creative and thoughtful Trinity-Pawling career with the successful show. A special thanks is deserved for Mr. Bresler`s sound and lighting design, and to Mr. Templeton for his musical direction.

  • STANDOUT SENIOR INDEPENDENT PROJECT - 06/21/2021 - "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 ...moreestablish the 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.
  • COLLEGE BOUND - 06/21/2021 - 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

Top Rankings

Trinity-Pawling School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 299 schools) for:

Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Trinity-PawlingBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)8-12, PG9-12
Grades Offered (Day)7-12, PG9-12
School TypeAll-boysCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationEpiscopalNon-denominational
Year Founded19071907
Campus Size230 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment290 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1210* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)950 - 1250-
Average ACT score27*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Shirt, tie, jacket)
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio6:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1618
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$55 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(7th & 8th Grade Day - $29,750)
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$28,500$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJeff Beck
Associate Director of AdmissionsKim DeFonce

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1618
CoursesAP 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


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1816
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations6223
ExtracurricularsClub 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, Yoga Club

College Matriculation

Year: 201710 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges31
Trinity College18
University of Vermont17
Syracuse University16
St. Lawrence University15
Boston University12
Emory University12
Elon University11
George Washington University11
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute11
Link to Matriculation Data

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

Profile last updated: 07/20/2021

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