About Us
Strategic Plan
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.

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  • Process

    To embrace its future challenges, mission, and vision, the Trevor Day School Board of Trustees has developed this strategic plan, a result of extensive work on the part of the Board and various constituencies of the school. After surveying faculty, parents, students, and alumni, the Board of Trustees met during a retreat in January 2016 to develop the major framework of the plan. The work of the Board was further considered by an expanded Strategic Planning Committee including parents, faculty, and trustees. Additional discussions and focus groups helped to refine the ideas, and the final draft of the plan was recommended by the Committee and approved by the Board of Trustees at its meeting in September 2016. To carry out these goals, Trevor is committed to investing the necessary human and financial resources during the next five years, all in pursuit of our shared vision.
  • Strategic Planning Committee

    Profound thanks to the Strategic Planning Committee:

    • Lisa Alberti, Associate Head of School and Interim Director of the Lower School
    • Eric A. Cole, Assistant Secretary
    • MaryKay Coyle, President of the Board
    • Rebecca Damas, Director of Middle School
    • Michael Danenberg, Grades 6–8 Science Teacher
    • Stephen DiCiccio, Educational Directions Incorporated
    • Daniel Feigin, Assistant Head of School and Director of Upper School
    • Liz Fishman, Grade 5 English and History Teacher
    • Mathew Heersche, Educational Directions Incorporated
    • Jamie D. Marks, Trustee
    • Margaret Connors McQuade, Trustee
    • David Morgan, Treasurer of the Board
    • Olaf Olafsson, Vice President of the Board
    • Anna V. Raytcheva, Trustee
    • Scott R. Reisinger, Head of School
    • Sally A. Rocker, President Emerita of the Board
    • Nancy Smith, Trevor Parent
    • David Thomas, Grades 9–12 History Teacher
    • Bao Truong, Trustee


An independent, Nursery through Grade 12 coeducational day school, Trevor Day School educates college-bound students to achieve academic and personal excellence in an inquiry-driven, idea-rich community. Trevor celebrates diversity of thought, experiences, and culture; promotes compassion, collaboration, courage, and creativity; and develops in children recognition of their own unique potential as lifelong learners and leaders who act as responsible global citizens in our world.

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  • Trevor Day School

  • Nursery - 5

  • 6 - 12

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  • New York, NY

  • 1 W 88th St - 212.426.3300

  • 312 E 95th St - 212.426.3360