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Head of School's Welcome

Welcome to Trevor Day School

Visitors often ask me: “What makes Trevor unique?”

I often answer by recounting my first meeting with Trevor seniors, five years ago. Sitting in the Trevor dance studio with their new Head of School, these students all exhibited three traits: fierce intellect; a genuine engagement in their studies, their community, and their world; and a clear ability to balance a challenging college-prep environment with dynamic lives outside of school. These themes of ambitious minds, engagement, and balance are cited over and over again by alumni, parents, faculty, and current students as the school’s defining characteristics.

Here at Trevor, children are at the center of all that we do. A coeducational, college-preparatory, Nursery through Grade 12 day school, Trevor’s approach to educating children is uniquely innovative—resulting in students who are empowered to balance a rigorous curriculum with their personal happiness, achievement, and meaningful engagement with others, social issues, and the world. Rigor and happiness are at the core of our students’ experiences. One is not at the expense of the other.

Throughout our 89-year history, we have built a great tradition of nurturing the talents and passions of every child we serve. Trevor works with parents to cultivate their children’s inherent gifts—thereby, developing in them a deep intellectual foundation. Our goal is to challenge students to make meaning of what they are learning, and to guide them to become self-advocating and critical thinkers. We do so by using inquiry-based learning methodologies, guided by devoted teachers who model collaboration, intellectual passion, and adaptability. We empower students to take charge of their own learning and encourage them to ask the tough questions that lead to deep understanding.
Our goal is to challenge students to make meaning of what they are learning, and to guide them to become self-advocating and critical thinkers. We do so by using inquiry-based learning methodologies, guided by devoted teachers who model collaboration, intellectual passion, and adaptability
This core dedication to children is tangibly supported by the school’s physical and philosophical architectures. Within student-centered common spaces, teachers and students collaborate dynamically; together, they navigate a classic curriculum that leads to academic mastery, innovative thinking, and a global perspective. Both the LEED Gold Middle and Upper School campus on East 95th Street, and our renovated Lower School on West 88th Street, are optimal educational environments that support Trevor’s mission to place students at the center of their learning. This mission is further exemplified through signature Trevor elements, including differentiated learning, a rich advisory program, and family conferences.

I invite you to visit and see for yourself what makes Trevor the special place that it is. We uniquely prepare our students for the nation’s finest colleges and universities, and empower them to discover the crucial intersection in which their gifts meet the world’s needs. Indeed, it is our reason for being.

Scott R. Reisinger
Head of School