Trevor works hard to establish thoughtful, respectful, and caring relationships between students and teachers as well as students and students. I have younger children and the sense of safe learning environments is instilled as early as Pre-K.
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.
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.
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.