The proud tradition of Trevor Day School began in 1930 as Nursery and Kindergarten students formed the student body of The Day School of the Church of the Heavenly Rest. Shortly after it was founded, instruction expanded through the 2nd grade. The Day School, as it was known, rapidly evolved and expanded enrollment, grew facilities, and developed its unique approach to education. A year after the school became independent from the church in 1969, the school’s first 8th-grade class graduated.
The school adopted an educational program that focused not only on academic growth and achievement, but also on the social and emotional development of children. Out of this commitment grew the tenets of Trevor: active learning, collaboration, mutual respect, and students at the center of their 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 the Middle & Upper School to open for grades six through twelve. This building is named for Andrew Goodman, an alumnus of the Walden School, and one of the three civil rights activists killed in 1964 while registering African-American voters in Mississippi.
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 history, many distinct programs and traditions
have arisen. In the late 1970s, the first iteration of Trevor’s signature common spaces
came into existence when walls were knocked down in the basement of the 90th Street building to create a more flexible and collaborative learning space. In the 40 years since, the form and function of these spaces have evolved into the 4th- & 5th-Grade Common Room, the Middle School Common Room, and the Upper School Center. Here, teachers and students share discretionary time, fueling interdisciplinary learning and true collaboration .
Developed more than 20 years ago, Trevor’s adaptation of the parent-teacher conference, called the family conference
, gives students an active voice in a process that more typically excludes them. With a central role in celebrating achievements, identifying challenges, and setting goals, a Trevor student has a higher level of engagement and can take a greater responsibility in charting an ambitious educational trajectory.
Committed to innovation, active learning, 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 laptop school in 1996. Trevor is again at the forefront of technoloy, having debuted its Digital Humanities program in 2017—a unique curriculum applying digital technologies to the field of 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 Andrew Goodman Building on 88th Street. Both of these buildings are designed to advance the Trevor mission, and each offers students enhanced academic, athletic, arts, and collaborative spaces.