Trevor school tries to foster independent learners from kindergarten level. Children are encouraged to self problem solve before seeking help from a teacher. You will often hear a kindergarten teacher tell a child: "Ask three before asking me." Meaning the child should ask three friends for help before asking the teacher for help, and this includes help with writing, reading, and math. If your child is not reading and writing before kindergarten or first grade, then your child may struggle with the school's approach to teaching and will likely fall behind in reading and writing as they move on through the grades. It is also very possible that your child's reading education for the entire school year will be in the hands of an inexperienced assistant teacher. I cannot recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a school to give their child a good foundation in reading, writing and math. However, it may be okay for a child who learns reading intuitively, or who is already reading independently.
My child's grade in middle school has a lot of boisterous kids and many classrooms are out of control as a result. I think the administration knows this but yet they don't do anything about it. It really short-changes the kids who want to learn. I also think the school coddles its students during conferences - even if the student does badly, it always puts a positive spin on everything. A little of that is good to boost the students, but too much of it gives the kids the delusion that they are doing well when they are in fact, not. As a result, the school does not do a good job of cultivating students who are serious about school work. There are some good teachers at the school, but no matter how painful, the administration needs to get their act together to address some problems (giving teachers some tools to get chaotic classrooms under control, making clear its expectations of student behavior, and giving students accurate feedback about their performance and practical steps towards solving their issues).
This is a typical private school where you can buy your grades and ta ticket to an Ivy league or top University. The College advisor corrects the recommendations written by teachers to make sure it fits this school or that school expectations. One issue is the lack of leadership of the principal resulting in a large turn over of teachers. The students are sweet.
Trevor is appropriately rigorous as well as welcoming and nurturing. The innovative coordinated science curriculm encourages interdiciplinary learning. Diversity is good and improving.
I worry about the turn over of teachers in the high school. The Bio teacher leaves after only 1 year. I wonder if they are hiding their lack of academic strength behind the "hands-on" varnish.
An education at Trevor is unlike an education at any other school. Where other schools might focus on memorization to score highly on a Standardized Test, Trevor teaches real-world application and skills. For example, the school has scrapped the AP Biology course and replaced it with an Advanced Biology course taught by a former University of Chicago researcher. The class involves college-level analysis of DNA and genetics as opposed to the more conventional subjects taught in AP Bio. While this may not necessarily help when it comes to tests, the experience gained surely outweighs the benefits of scoring highly. Something else to note about Trevor is that the students are expected to motivate themselves and take their work seriously without too much help from the faculty. This is great for diligent students, but some students can feel left behind and others do not take their work seriously. If Trevor is taken seriously and its academics are used to their full potential, the school can be a great place for learning and provides for an outstanding transition into college life.
Trevor Day School can be considered a mixed bag, because it isn't traditional and some of the teachers have odd approaches. However, I think that the teaching style allows students to be prepared for the real world. Trevor isn't caught up in college, college, college, but how students can apply high school to their life. The spiral science curriculum is what has taught me my time management skills. A lot of the work given are long-term projects that are interesting and apply to the real world and time-consuming enough that one has to stay on top of their science work! English program is phenomenal, especially if you want a heavily discussion-based class. Art programs I personally know are good: Theatre, Dance, and Photography. My math class has been my most traditional class and in my opinion also well organized/taught. Although some of the teachers are iffy, in the past few years a couple new, really amazing teachers have come in and are helping the school meet its full potential. I think it will be interesting to see how Trevor grows when it moves to its bigger campus. Last note: Trevor is a school for independent, highly-motivated students that plan on pursuing extracurriculars.
The learning is hands on and super fun they also have a caffetiria and a library
Best school in the world. I think its the best school in the world I love it
I have been at Trevor since kindergarten, and I find that it is a great school. Certain courses are challenging and really help you prepare for higher levels of learning. The arts program is nice; there are many different options. I've excelled as a student at Trevor and the environment is perfect for many children like me. While the kids can be cliquey every once in a while, there is really nothing you can do to avoid that and it is not prominent. Overall, I enjoy attending Trevor Day School!
My son has been a student at Trevor since 4th grade.The school is lovely, they have the latest of everything, a great cafeteria, a strong PTA, a large fund and the location is convenient. Lower school was good, Middle school a disaster (terrible dean who used to be a gym teacher) and High School is average. As most school, some teachers are excellent and others are not interested in the students. Sadly, my son had more of the later. He was not engaged, encouraged or made to feel a part of the Dwight community. He was lucky to have two amazing french teachers who went above and beyond to support him. The college counselors are by far the worst. It's been a very frustrating time on multiple levels. If your child is a self starter and works well independently this may be a good fit. If you have an extremely bright child that needs direction and encouragement this is not the right school.
Trevor is a mixed bag at times. The middle school experience for us was the strongest. Things like mini-term, diverse art and music offerings and the hands-on attention from teachers and advisers made it work for us. We've always found the kids and administration tolerant of differences and very down-to-earth. The high-school program is less successful for us. The integrated science curriculum (3 major subjects presented simultaneously) is a disaster. Elective offerings in History and English are uninspired. And the much-vaunted art classes were completely mishandled. That being said, my child loves the school and would not consider leaving. We're now applying to colleges and keeping our fingers crossed. It can be a great school for the quirky, highly-motivated student.
Our son is now in his 2nd year at Trevor Day (he's in 1st grade). We have watched our little boy flourish before our very eyes. Imagine a school where the administration, head of school, and teachers all care about creating a great human being in your child as much as you do. I don't know how they are able to give the kids as much individual attention to their unique learning needs, but they accomplish the task beautifully. Our son is free to be himself, yet is challenged at the appropriate level. The administration, head of school, and teachers have all unanimously been receptive to any help or questions that we have had regarding the school. I have no idea how anyone could have trouble at such a nurturing environment.
The school is fun to attend! the teachers are helpful and you learn in an environment that helps you feel comfortable. We also use computers in almost every academic. The arts are wonderful. I take stained glass and dance. My favorite part of the year is miniterm. This is an opportunity for students in the middle school to take courses they would not usually take. You also choose one specific area to focus on during these 18 days. This could be doing the play, costumes for it, chess, rubicks cube, stock market stimulator and more. Last year i took CPR, persian tiles, knit whits, and geo-chaching. You also have academics and humanities. The only bad part is that the kids can be very cliquey and the teachers choose favorites. Overall it is a good school providing strong arts and academics.
Please don't send your kids to this place! My child had a horrid time. The kids were especially mean and the academics were extraordinarily poor. I sent my child to trevor thinking it would be a nice, community oriented, no pressure school, unlike some of the notoriously "pressure-cooker" schools in the city. I switched my child from trevor to a school that does have a reputation of putting a lot of academic pressure on kids and my child is now thrilled to go to school every morning. Trevor was the exact opposite of what it presents itself to be, and my child's new school is supportive and wonderful.
I truly cannot describe the atrocious time my family had at Trevor. If your child is even remotely creative, smart, talented, funny, or special in any way, please please please do not send them to Trevor. I guarantee that if your child possesses any of the qualities listed above, Trevor will be a waste of your time. Unfortunately, all of Trevor's good teachers left and headed to Dalton when the assistant head of school left a few years ago. The remaining teachers are completely inexperienced, untrained, and have not created an at all challenging curriculum. The art/dance/theatre program is fine, nothing special. Places like Riverdale have wildly more impressive arts programs. You may say that you like the relaxed atmosphere at Trevor, an atmosphere that you wouldn't be able to get at a Dalton or a Spence. But having had a child be a new student at Trevor, I would say that the lack of academic pressure is made up for in the social pressures. The kids are blatantly mean. If you want your child to grow into a smart (book and street smarts), kind, confident, and special individual, take my advice and do not send your child to Trevor.
My child is receiving a wonderful education at Trevor. The students are always challenged and encouraged to do their best. The teachers always find what motivates each child and encourage their individual strengths.
Teachers, parents, administrators, and students were all frigid, hostile, and aloof. I have a huge problem with the fact that I payed a lot of money for my child to recieve a private school education and the quality of learning was incredibly poor.
TDS is a haven for undisciplined, privileged students and many inept teachers and administrators. The level of parental involvement borders on parental control of the institution by high-powered, big-donor families. This leads to an 'anything goes' climate where unacceptable student conduct and performance has no real consequence. An emphasis on 'creativity' and 'self-expression' often serves as a mask for the lack of discipline and rigor in the academic program which is weak overall and disastrous in the sciences. Trevor's science program attempts to teach bio-chem-physics simultaneously from 9-11 grade rather than devoting a year to each discipline. This fractured approach leads to a mastery of none of the sciences. This a tremendous disservice to students as they are ill-prepared to tackle the SAT-2 subject tests. The Trevor science program should be the poster child for why American students are falling behind their global peers in science.
We have a son who started at Trevor this past year. We have been very pleased with his development during the course of the year and attribute it largely to the school. His teachers are excellent as is the school's administration. Our son is in the early childhood division and we would strongly recommend Trevor from our experience thus far.
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