Trevor Day School’s proud history began in 1930, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where Nursery and Kindergarten students formed the student body of The Day School of the Church of the Heavenly Rest. The Day School soon expanded enrollment through 2nd grade, grew facilities, and developed its unique approach to education. The school’s first 8th-grade class graduated in 1970, just one year after it became independent from the church.
The Day School was committed not only to academic growth and achievement, but also to children’s social and emotional development. From this foundation grew the tenets of Trevor: collaboration, meaningful teacher-student relationships, and active learning—with students at the center of the learning.
As a part of Trevor's rich heritage, the Walden School merged with New Lincoln School in 1988, and the New Walden Lincoln School then merged with The Day School in 1991. In that same year, the Goodman Building at 1 West 88th Street was acquired, allowing for an expansion of The Day School through 12th grade.
This building is named for Andrew Goodman, the civil rights activist who, in 1964, was murdered alongside James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, while registering African-American voters in Mississippi. Their deaths inspired support for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In 1997, the Board of Trustees voted to rename The Day School in honor of the leadership and dedication of Paul Trevor, an early Board President. The Trevor Day School era had begun.
Over the course of Trevor’s rich 89-year history, many unique programs and traditions have been perfected. In the late 1970s, the first iteration of Trevor’s signature common spaces took form when basement walls in the 90th Street building were knocked down to create a more flexible and collaborative learning space.
Developed 25 years ago, Trevor’s adaptation of the parent-teacher conference, called the family conference, gives students an active voice in which to celebrate achievements, identify challenges, and chart goals within their educational trajectory. Committed to innovation and the meaningful integration of technology into the curriculum, The Day School first introduced computers to the classroom in 1982. With a steady eye on the future, Trevor then led many of its independent school peers as a pioneering one-to-one laptop school in 1996. Trevor is again at the forefront of technology, having debuted its Digital Humanities program in 2017—a unique curriculum applying digital technologies to history.
Growing with the needs of its student body, Trevor opened a state-of-the-art, LEED Gold, 105,000 square foot Middle & Upper School building on East 95th Street in 2015 and the Lower School relocated to the renovated Goodman Building on 88th Street. Both of these buildings are designed to advance the Trevor mission, and each offers students exceptional academic, athletic, arts, and collaborative spaces.