Trevor Day School:
The premier inquiry-based independent day school in New York, universally recognized as the thought leader in inquiry-driven education.
Inquiry-based learning engages students in activities and investigation to drive true understanding. Rather than reciting facts or showing a clear path to a solution, teachers guide and mentor students through a process of discovery and reflection via well-crafted questions and problems. In an inquiry-based learning environment, the teacher is both a facilitator of learning—encouraging higher-order thinking—and a provider of information. This dynamic approach encourages students to ask questions and to actively participate in their learning, thus building knowledge from experience and process. They not only gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter, but also develop lifelong processes for learning that will serve them well into college and life beyond.
Trevor places children first and foremost. Their interests are at the core of all that we do. The school will exercise its responsibility to invoke the inherent gifts found in each and every child. Trevor will work with parents to cultivate these gifts, and in turn, develop a deep intellectual foundation in the children in its charge. We will do so by employing the most effective pedagogy led by devoted teachers who model collaboration, intellectual passion, creativity, and adaptability. Our focus is on the whole child, not just academic education and experience. At Trevor, we are committed to the wellness of our students. We strive to foster young adults who are ethically, physically, socially, and emotionally healthy—young people who go beyond themselves alone and engage with the public good. We firmly believe that academic and personal excellence does not have to come at the expense of the wellness of our students. Our program is designed to balance academic achievement alongside the numerous elements of well-being and commitment to the greater good.
In keeping with the foregoing, Trevor will strive to attract a diversity of identities—including among others, race, ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual orientation— mindful that those may be expressed in different ways, or absent—as well as diversity of socioeconomic status, family structure, and physical ability. Moreover, Trevor will strive to challenge all members of our community to be their authentic selves, different from each other, and will strive to support that endeavor through an inclusive environment of collective belonging and mutual respect.