|Nine Kindergarten students formed the student body when Trevor Day School was founded in 1930 as The Day School of the Church of the Heavenly Rest. Located in the Parish House of the Church at 4 East 90th Street (which now houses the Elementary School), the School quickly grew to 60 students and extended through second grade.
The School’s mission, along with its enrollment, facilities, and approach to education, has evolved considerably since that time. By the 1960s, the School enrolled students through the fifth grade, and between 1967 and 1970, grades six through eight were added yearly until the first eighth grade graduated in 1970. The School became completely independent of the church in 1969.
During this period, students were no longer required to wear uniforms, and the School adopted an educational program that focused on the academic, social, and emotional development of children, seeking to place students at the center of their learning. Out of this grew the philosophy of Trevor Day School: active learning, collaboration, and mutual respect.
In September 1991, after acquiring and refurbishing the Goodman Building at 1 West 88th Street, the Upper School opened for sixth through twelfth grades. Six years later, in January 1997, the Board of Trustees voted to rename the School in honor of Paul Trevor, an early Board President, in recognition of his leadership and dedication.
In the Fall of 2005, the School celebrated the installation of Pamela J. Clarke as Head of School in Trevor’s 75th anniversary year. Formerly head of the Saint Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, Minnesota, and The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York, Mrs. Clarke embarked upon a comprehensive curriculum review for all grades, intensified the focus on global education, and led the Board effort to secure larger facilities to benefit all of Trevor’s students.
In 2007, Trevor purchased a site on East 95th Street on which to construct a state-of-the-art green building for its Upper School. Ground has been broken for a 105,000 square foot facility to house grades 7-12. Trevor will have a full theater for our many assemblies, concerts, and performances. This building will have one full gym and a half gym, as well as play space on the roof. This building, designed by Peter Gisolfi Associates and constructed by JT Magen, Inc. will house classrooms, labs, studios, and common rooms for 510 students: 75 each in grades 7 & 8 and 90 each in grades 9 - 12. Upon completion of this exciting new facility, the Lower School (grades PreK-6) will relocate to a newly renovated and updated Goodman Building. These facilities will afford Trevor’s student body greatly enlarged academic and athletic spaces, and will allow for an increase in the high school grades, while keeping academic classes at 12 - 15 students each. The lower school will remain at about 60 students per grade, 15 per section.