Trinity-Pawling School

Trinity-Pawling School Photo #1 - Our student-athletes range from lifelong players to novices - everyone plays sports at their level of experience and ability. The Pride competes in the Founders League, a highly competitive prep-school arena where student-athletes are prepared for college-level competition.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #2 - Boys find a home away from home on Trinity-Pawling`s active 230-acre campus overlooking the Hudson River Valley, just 60 miles north of New York City.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #3 - 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 #4 - Since its inception in 1907, Trinity-Pawling has been an Episcopal school. The School gathers several times each week in All Saints` Chapel, the center of spiritual life. The overarching purpose is to come together as a community in a place that inspires reflection. Even in the 21st century, All Saints` Chapel remains the soul of the School.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #5 - We prepare our students to be in charge of their own learning and their future accomplishments. The School`s focus on effort fosters the self-awareness that allows students to recognize the areas where they need to grow - while at the same time, opening their eyes to the talents and potential they never thought possible.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #6 - The Effort System is Trinity-Pawling`s distinct approach to inspiring and measuring student growth. It assesses students in multiple dimensions: academics, dorm life, athletics, work program, and extracurricular involvement. Through this ethos of effort, we challenge young men to become ambitious, well-rounded individuals in all aspects of life.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #7 - Through an array of theater courses and extracurriculars, the Trinity-Pawling Theater Department ignites passion in our students, in all aspects of the theater arts - whether acting, improvisation, directing, playwriting, producing, or lighting and set design.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #8 - 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 #9 - At Trinity-Pawling, we intentionally design our programs to engage, inspire, and challenge boys. Our commitment to experiential learning acknowledges the research that has proven to be successful for boys. Our vigorous, yet supportive learning environment encourages boys to invest in themselves, discover their gifts and talents, and unlock their full potential.
Trinity-Pawling School Photo #10 - Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Scully Dining Hall offers a healthy variety of hot entrees, with vegetarian options, a full salad bar, homemade soups, a deli and panini station, and a homemade dessert bar. As a school, we are committed to wholesome, nutritious meal preparation, food safety, and sustainability.
  • At Trinity-Pawling, we see that spark of greatness in each boy.
  • We help our students turn hopes into achievement and hard work into results.
  • Along the way, they discover that greatness takes many forms - a breakthrough English paper, an act of kindness, a game winning goal.
  • It's all about discovering talents and putting them into action.
  • At Trinity-Pawling, no one sits on the sidelines.  Get ready, go far.

School News

  • STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: LUCAS HUGHES ’20 - 11/25/2019 - For Lucas Hughes `20, serving as the Prefect of Zeal is all about building connections. "My role has given me a pathway to meet everyone and really get to know ...morethem," Hughes began. "And it allows other students, who may not necessarily know one another very well, to come together in the same place, doing the same thing. It`s so rewarding." As the Prefect of Zeal, his main focus is school spirit - keeping the excitement and support high in the stands, on the sidelines, and across campus.

    When Hughes was first given his zeal assignment by Headmaster Taylor, he initially felt uncertain. "I`ll admit that it was hard to navigate at first, but the more I do it, the more I`ve realized that being the Prefect of Zeal really just means leading by example," Hughes shared. "When I`m hyped and cheering at our games or school events, it helps to rally everyone to do the same."

    With the fall term behind us, Hughes is proud of his school spirit efforts and plans to keep that momentum. "Spirit Week was by far my favorite part of the fall term. Organizing the events was challenging at times but I think everyone had a blast and that makes it all worth it," Hughes explained. "I`m so thankful for Ms. Najman, Mr. Keel, and so many other teachers. They really helped to put my ideas into action!" The fall Spirit Week featured a series of themed dress-down days, spike ball, dodgeball, and Capture the Flag tournaments in the Smith Field House, a free throw competition, ping pong tournaments, and much more. To top it all off, at the Friday night football game, Hughes put together a group called the Style Boys to perform a song and dance at half-time. "It was another fun way to get everyone excited, entertained, and having a great time. That`s what it`s all about!"

    The fall athletic season may be over, but Hughes hasn`t missed a beat with keeping school spirit high. "I have some big plans for the winter term," he shared with a smile. "I want to organize sled races, pond hockey tournaments, and ice-skating races. I`d also like to organize events on campus that help to raise awareness of important and relevant issues - like men`s mental health. And of course, another Spirit Week is in the works too." It will be a busy term for Hughes, as he balances his senior wrestling season, AP classes, and extracurriculars; but he is excited to continue building the spirit of brotherhood that makes Trinity-Pawling so special."

    There`s nothing else like the support of the T-P brotherhood. Coming together and being there to cheer each other on is what makes this school so great, in my opinion," Hughes concluded. "It`s about something bigger than ourselves. We can do anything with the right energy and support behind us. And that`s what we have here in the Pride."
  • A UNIFIED VOICE - 10/21/2019 - Trinity-Pawling`s Student Senate has been around since the early 1990s, established for students to voice their opinions and promote good communication between all segments of the school community. It is ...morecomposed of boarding and day students from all grade levels, elected by their classmates or appointed by faculty members. Dean of Faculty Todd Hoffman became the faculty advisor of the Senate when he joined the School in 2001. Year to year, he has witnessed the Senate evolve and change - but the importance of its presence on campus has remained steady."

    Students in the Senate learn to listen to one another, work together, and find logical solutions to their concerns on campus," shared Hoffman. "It`s such a rewarding experience for them."

    At the start of this school year, the Senate was reinvigorated and currently has over 40 members! Dean of Residential Life Dutch Keel was thrilled with the high interest level of students running for a spot in the Senate - but it did not come without challenges. "That`s a lot of voices in one room," Keel shared. "In the first meeting, the boys quickly learned that listening is crucial, especially when working together for the common good."

    Now two months into the school year, the Student Senate has already seen success with some of their proposed changes on campus. "Key card access was new at the start of the year. In the first month of school, members of the Senate proposed that dorm access be extended in the evenings to promote peer collaboration and extra help," shared Keel. "And they were successful!"

    Keel explained that one of the most important takeaways for students in the Senate is experiencing the process: listening to their constituents, proposing a reasonable solution, communicating the benefits of their suggestions, and working cohesively as a team. "They are building leadership and communication skills every step of the way."

    Lucas Hughes `20 is an active member of the Student Senate this year. "Our goal is to make life at Trinity-Pawling the best it can be for students," Hughes shared. "We are focused on receiving new ideas, discussing the pros and cons, and proposing ways to implement them on campus." Hughes and his fellow members of the Senate are proud to be the voice for the student body. Sony Wang `23 is in his first year serving in the Senate and believes its importance is unmatched. "The Senate gives every student a chance to give their opinions to the School and Headmaster Taylor." Quite simply, it allows the students to be heard."

    They`re learning to build a unified voice," shared English teacher Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris, who is working as a faculty advisor of the Student Senate this year. "The boys have a chance to work in a self-governed space and see outcomes that precisely reflect how well they manage their meetings. It`s a valuable learning experience all around."

    As the Senate continues to meet throughout the year, its members are eager to see their suggestions come to life on campus. "It`s all about growth-personally and collectively as a school," concluded Hughes. "We`re looking forward to seeing more of our ideas in action."
  • LEADING THE WAY AT TRINITY-PAWLING: MEET THE PREFECTS - 09/23/2019 - 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. Eight prefects were elected for the 2019-2020 school year, earning the honor by demonstrating their commitment to the School and most importantly, to their peers. At the beginning of each school year, Headmaster Bill Taylor assigns each prefect a specific area of oversight as part of that young man`s leadership responsibilities. Here`s a snapshot into the Class of 2020 Prefects and their plans for the year ahead:

    Solomon Hess `20, Head Prefect
    "When I was a new freshman, the prefects were the guys that I looked up to the most. Filling that role now, I`m excited to carry the torch and I know it`s up to me to not let my classmates down. My plan for the year is to do what I`ve always done: be there for the entirety of the student body, stay as involved in the community as possible, and do everything I can to improve the community for all its members. It helps to have an outstanding group alongside me!"

    Ben Yoon `20, Junior Prefect
    "Headmaster Taylor appointed me as the prefect of academics. I plan to keep an ear out for any concerns from students regarding their academic work, seeing what I can do to help them manage their workload. As a prefect, I think it`s important to set a standard for the boys at T-P to live by, and to help anyone who needs it as much as I can."

    Richard Bolding `20
    "I am the prefect of student life. My goal for this year is to have people of all different backgrounds come together and really get to know one another. To me, being a prefect means being a voice for my peers. It means doing things to make everyone`s time here memorable and fun while setting a good example and showing leadership."

    Trevor Cole `20
    "I am the prefect of the arts and music. I hope to coordinate with Mr. Kelsey and Mr. Reade to put arts events together throughout the year - like the Jazz Band playing during half-time at the homecoming football game. I also want to encourage new students (who don`t participate in the arts) to try something new!"

    Daniel Csaszar `20
    "Mr. Taylor appointed me the prefect of service, which goes along well with my position as the President of National Honor Society. I want to help students find joy in helping others and giving back to both the T-P and local communities. To me, being a prefect means putting your best foot forward, looking out for your brothers, and taking time out of your day to do the right thing. I really want everyone to feel like they have a home at T-P. We may have different views and backgrounds, but at the end of the day, we`re all one big family."

    Henry Daniel `20
    "I am the prefect of honor. Throughout the year, I want to emphasize the importance of honor and integrity at T-P, both academically and as a community. Being a prefect is very important to me. It`s our duty to make this special place even greater!"Lucas Hughes `20"Mr. Taylor has put me in charge of zeal. I am responsible for creating and keeping school spirit on campus. I organize events to bring the brotherhood together and support one another - like bonfires, pep rallies, and more. I want to encourage my peers to be involved in as much as they can-go to the games, cheer on the teams, and be engaged!"

    Stephen Willey `20
    "I am the prefect of victuals-which means food. My main focus this year will be to keep in touch with the dining hall and Cave staff, sharing the fan favorites that we all enjoy and giving them feedback to help prepare for future meals. I`m proud to be a prefect this year. Being a role model and being there for my brothers means a lot to me."

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Religious AffiliationEpiscopal
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia/Language Based Program for Mild Learning Differences/Executive Skills Program
Year Founded1907

Student Body

Total Students293 students
Student Body TypeAll-boys
% Students of Color
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade Trinity-Pawling School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses20 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAdvanced Art, Advanced Spanish Language & Literature, AP American History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB/BC, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government, AP Computer Science A, AP English Language, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP Literature, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Statistics, Honors Advanced Precalculus
Average SAT score1210
Average ACT score27
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Jacket and tie for classes)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$62,000
Tuition NotesBoarding $62,000 Day (9-12) $44,000 $54,250 8th Grade Boarder (7 day) $47,500 8th Grade Boarder (5 day) $29,750 7th-8th Grade Day Student
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$28,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJP Burlington
Admissions AssociateAmy Heinrich
Endowment Size$45 million


Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
Track and FieldWrestling,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.65 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Computer Repair

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 House and Tea Club, Computer Club, Cooking Club, Cribbage Club, Dead Politics Society, Deans Assistants, Debate Club, Diversity Club, Dog Walking Club, Dorm Proctors, Drone Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Environmental Council, Finance Club, Health and Wellness Club, Key Club, Knitting Club, Literary Club, Math Club, Mindfulness Club, MIT Launch Club, Mock Trial, Model UN, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Poker Club, Random Acts of Kindness Club, Reading, Relay for Life, Robotics Club, Spirit Club, Strategy Board Games Club, Student Activities, Student Senate, Student's Corner, Usher Club

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

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Mountain Biking Club, Outdoor Club, Quarterback Club, Rock Climbing, Ropes Course, Strength and Conditioning Club, Yoga Club

School Notes

  • Founded in 1907, Trinity-Pawling School is an all-boys college preparatory school located in Pawling, New York. The school serves boys in grades 7-12 and offers a postgraduate program.
  • The goal of a Trinity-Pawling education is to unlock the potential for greatness that exists in each boy. The School pursues this goal through a vigorous learning environment that emphasizes innovation, creativity, and critical thinking. A commitment to project-based and experiential learning acknowledges the research that is proven to be successful for boys.
  • A camaraderie of "brotherhood" is enhanced by a family of educators and students who are dedicated to building a culture of excellence and honor. The Trinity-Pawling learning experience combines a timeless commitment to character with a dedication to prepare young men for an ever-changing world.
  • One of the School`s most distinctive attributes is its signatory Effort System, which began 50 years ago. The Effort System is Trinity-Pawling`s distinct approach to inspiring and measuring student growth. It assesses students in multiple dimensions: academics, dorm life, athletics, work program, and extracurricular involvement. Through this ethos of effort, we challenge young men to become ambitious, well-rounded individuals in all aspects of life.
  • 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. 
  • Trinity-Pawling's student-athletes range from lifelong players to novices - everyone plays sports at their level of experience and ability. The Pride competes in the Founders League, a highly competitive prep-school arena where student-athletes are prepared for college-level competition. Rather than specializing in one sport, coaches encourage boys to try a sport every season to develop their skills, sportsmanship, and self-discipline.

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