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PK-12
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New York, NY
Students enrolled: 800
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1 West 88th Street
New York, NY 10024

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(212) 426-3360
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November 20, 2014
My two children have been at Trevor since kindergarten and are now in middle school. Both of them have received a top notch education. The faculty is outstanding. The curriculum is rigorous, but also creative and fun. From debates in History class to writing and recording songs in Spanish or French to hands-on experiments in Science, students learn by doing and by collaborating with their peers. I think the school does a particularly good job of teaching students how to write. We have found the parent community to be diverse, warm, and welcoming. Trevor has a wonderful new Head of School, Scott Reisinger, and the Upper School will soon be moving to a brand new, state-of-the-art facility at 95th and 2nd Avenue.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2014
Trevor has a rigorous curriculum taught by dedicated, engaged faculty. My daughter has been there since Kindergarten. She is currently in high school and is confident and is an effective advocate for herself, traits that have been supported by Trevor at a young age. The teachers encourage her to take risks. They celebrate each child's strengths and try to instill a love of learning. We are excited about the new head of school and the new high school that is opening soon. The parent body is active, and of a very high quality. We have developed many friendships across a number of grades over the years.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2014
This school is a gem. So glad we found it. Rigorous academics and a lovely community.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
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).

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2012
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.

- submitted by a teacher
June 06, 2012
Trevor is appropriately rigorous as well as welcoming and nurturing. The innovative coordinated science curriculm encourages interdiciplinary learning. Diversity is good and improving.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2012
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.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
February 28, 2012
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.

- submitted by a community member
January 15, 2012
The learning is hands on and super fun they also have a caffetiria and a library

- submitted by a community member
January 15, 2012
Best school in the world. I think its the best school in the world I love it

- submitted by a community member
January 10, 2012
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!

- submitted by a community member
December 13, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2011
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.

- submitted by a community member
February 03, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
I taught in the lower school, early childhood division. .....The school began taking on more students than they have room for, and compromising the quality of their programs. Children who needed support were overlooked. The school even asked teachers to donate funds from their paychecks!!! Go else where!

- submitted by a teacher
October 26, 2009
I love it everyone is so nice on your first day.It was my first day at middle school and everyone was so nice to me. It's welcoming and has a warm family. All the teachers will help you anytime. The laptops are very useful and will organize your work. There a lot of extra curricular activities and it is great!

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October 25, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
October 24, 2008
I have been at Trevor since 4th grade and could not be happier. Trevor's environment and social welcoming is unlike many other Manhattan private schools. The teachers are extremely approachable, technology and arts are very strong, and the student body is without doubt one of the nicest and most nurturing of any other I have encountered. Send your child to Trevor! They will benefit from the hard-working teachers as well as a comforting student base.

- submitted by a student
October 20, 2008
I have been a t this school for a while now and I love it. Having laptops is helpful for taking notes and organizing homework. The teachers are really good at teaching and are very nice.

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2008
My child attened the lower school. What a horrible school it was. The head of the lower school is clueless about responding to the needs of the students, teachers and parents. I am so glad our child transferred to another school where the child's learning comes first and the family is respected. The school claims to be innovative, we were fooled.

- submitted by a community member
August 28, 2008
Our child, entering high school this year, has been at Trevor since starting school twelve years ago. Trevor is probably much like, and in many ways, superior, to most other independent schools. Trevor promotes a collegial atmosphere between students and teachers, and prepares students well to handle the challenges of balancing the independence and academic workload they will find in college. I think that Trevor has no more 'days off' than other independent schools. As for falling behind academically, the curriculum becomes increasingly sophisticated and challenging at each grade level. Eighth grade assignments included reading the Science Times every week and reporting on one of the articles; an exemplary History course included weekly rigorous reading and writing assignments. Our child's recent SSAT scores were 800 in verbal and in the mid-700s in math & reading.

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August 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
Horrible school. Teaching is poor. Many days off, children fall behind academically. Go to Public school before this.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2007
Trevor is a really great school. I am a new student, i just started in September and i already love it. The teachers, as stated before, are very accesible and the work load is understandable and it helps we have laptops! the art department is really good - i take photo and it's going really well. The kids at the school are all really friendly on the most part. The high school, like any other high school has its share of gossip and whatnot but in the end we are a very tight nit community.

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2007
Trevor students are self-disciplined, intelligent, witty, and socially conscious (Trevor is the only school in the AidsWalk'07 top 20, beating scholastic, CBS, and Kraft.) TDS is very fast paced and self motivated, and students who understand this responsibility do best both academically and socially. Students drive the school and they know it: Students demand (and got) a Town Hall meeting from the new administration in 07 because they felt communication troubles were compromising the community. Academically, TDS really has it together. Language, English, History, Science and renowned, math weak in comparison but getting much better. Extracurriculars are copious, and taken seriously. Arts program, A+. The most important thing I learned at Trevor was that learning happens everywhere. Trevor s structure naturally facilitates learning (free periods, accessible and interested teachers, expansive curriculum, the center.) Trevor will challenge you academically. A great place for learning, it is also an inclusive community full of as much intelligence as kindness.

- submitted by a former student
May 29, 2007
My daughter has just is just finishing up 7th grade. The faculty is top notch. I am always getting feedback on how she is doing and she is not aloud to fall between the cracks. They also encourage her to try new things, to be brave and that curiosity is a good thing. The common room is great, there are always teachers available to help. The parents and kids are nice, everyone is polite and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2007
TDS is a great school. The teachers are wonderful educators who really care about the wellbeing of each child and his/her individual learning styles. However, the new head is bringing a more traditional/old boarding school approach to the school culture which might change the school for the worse.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2007
I have to dissent from the positive reviews I've read. Since the ouster of the former headmaster, the school has been rudderless as the new headmaster endeavors to get her arms around the quality of teacher and culture issues. There has been little management on the part of the administration and teacher quality varies. There are some excellent teachers and some, who should be in another profession.Resort to the lower school director brought a very defensive response .The biggest problem is the lack of an ethical culture on the part of the children.It seems to me if the parents make a large enough contribution to the school, their children are allowed to engage very dubious behavior without consequences. The marketing materials and the reality are quite different.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2006
Trevor Day School is probably the best private school in NY. The studen teacher ratio is outstanding. Its one of the very few technology based schools in NY. Also the arts program is SPECTACULAR. They have dance, singing, photo, drawing, ceramics, architecture. And there is no uniform. I sent my kids there since kindergarden. I love trevorday and i 100% recomend it as a great private school.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
Trevor Day School is an outstanding institution. The teachers and administrators put kids first. Their innovative math curriculum and vibrant music program are particularly noteworthy. TDS can sometimes be overlooked in the rush of New York City private schools but it's not a school to be missed.

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- submitted by a student
January 21, 2005
Trevor is, overall, a wonderful environment for the children. They are stimulated by a very rich environment and warm, nurturing relationships with staff and faculty. The curriculum includes music, art, and language as well as an emphasis on computer skills (all kids must have a laptop beginning in 5th grade, I believe). There's a new head master beginning in 2005. How she will influence the school is yet to be seen. One weak point- the administration can be a bit frustrating to deal with. I've had issues with them, and I know at least one other person with a longstanding relationship with the school has had similar problems. They expect a fair amount of parent involvement, so be prepared to help with various fundraising events and to attend frequent social events. Here's an important point: My daughter absolutely loves it there.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Trevor Day is committed to providing an excellent education that incorporates their responsibility to their neighborhood and their environment. Children and parents [are] friendly, accessible and supportive. The faculty responds to inquiries and needs very quickly. My child loves her school and even loves homework! It has to be a great school to get her to think that!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
The school is very gifted at providing individualized attention for its students as well as work very hard at creating a 'community' of learners between its students and faculty.

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
The school is academically rigorous yet fosters a spirit of independence and self-discipline and cooperation in its students. The student teacher ratio tells only a small portion of the faculty involvement story. Faculty do not have offices, but sit around a common room in each Division, the common room belonging to the students. Teachers can be approached at any time in any subject and invite both homework help and personal advising time. The school is great! Wish I could have gone there.

- submitted by a parent
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Trevor Day School
1 West 88th Street, New York, NY  10024
(212) 426-3360
Last modified Trevor Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Trevor Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top