Academics

Inquiry-Based Learning

At Trevor, we say: Spend a few hours here—listen to lively debate, witness the joy of discovery, experience uninhibited collaboration—and you’ll understand the ambition of our academic program.
Across all three divisions, we join together a challenging college-preparatory curriculum, expert educators, and diverse teaching methodologies that deepen our students’ learning and lend authentic meaning to each school day. Trevor students are more than prepared for each grade level and future college-level work—plus, they’ve also learned how to learn. Every day, we weave critical-thinking skills, problem-solving know-how, the value of perseverance and grit, and the ability to reason and debate into the fabric of the Trevor academic experience.

What you find at Trevor is lively discourse, intellectual energy, empathetic engagement, constant questioning of the status quo, and serious investigation into topics ranging from probability and the Freedom Riders in Lower School to net neutrality, The Canterbury Tales, and quantum physics in Middle and Upper School.

At the heart of Trevor lies ambitious academics in the hands of curious, capable, and engaged young minds—each one guided by expert, passionate educators who could teach anywhere in the world, but who commit to being here.

Trevor Parent

We wanted something different—not just memorizing facts, but really learning how to ask questions and find answers.
Trevor students acquire a deep understanding of the subjects they study by engaging in investigations, activities, and highly contextualized discussions and lessons. Rather than reciting facts or following a predetermined path to a solution, students construct knowledge by grappling with essential questions and real-world concepts.

Tracking routes of early explorers on an interactive map. Employing student-centered discussions in literature and research-backed debate in history. Infusing early childhood mathematics with meaning through Cuisenaire rods. Designing an independent study course around hands-on neuroscience research. Putting problem-solving at the center of algebra, so that students reflect and build on what they have learned before.

This is inquiry-based learning.