Again, although TCS boasts an enormous amount of incredible qualities, one quality stands above them all: community. I, along with almost all students at the school thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Although most of us have moved on to achieve great things in all corners of the world, becoming doctors, artists, politicians, we have kept a strong connection since then. Our time at TCS was one that can not be recreated. This was a time of fierce academic pursuits and creative breakthroughs, of intense friendships, and unbreakable bonds. We were pushed to be our best without completely stressing us out, giving us outlets in athletics, social outings, and arts to find our balance. Students were kind and supportive of each other and bullying was virtually non-existent. If there is any weakness to TCS, it is that it may not be for students who need a lot of "alone" time. Those who wish to spend many hours alone a day or to relax will most likely not enjoy the high-energy community of TCS. The school is intense in the best way possible, but those who have a hard time keeping up or developing their passions may feel a little overwhelmed.
I loved going to TCS. I loved it. It is one of my homes and I have no regrets about having attended. I went to TCS because I wanted to be surrounded by students who were as engaged and passionate about the world as I was and largely, I think that my classmates felt the same way as I did. I ate well, my bedroom was comfortable, we had good internet and I felt safe. Our campus was beautifully maintained, the buildings had character and it was truly an enviable place to live. My quality of life was pretty spectacular. As a perfectionist, I certainly experienced a good amount stress as there were so many things for me to do and be involved in while also maintaining good grades, but I never felt that it negatively impacted my quality of life. If anything, I found that the stress lit a fire that enabled me to engage and to succeed.
If I was to give a tour of the school to visitors I would think of the place that I think represents the school the best and that, in my opinion, would be the school chapel called Trinity House. This is because this is one of the few places in school where every single person in the whole school community gathers and shows their connection and role in the school and it is also has a calm atmosphere. In addition to this, it is loaded with so many told and untold stories of the school's history with things like carvings of beautiful and metaphoric symbols of the school on doors, old school paintings and even a list of all the reverends TCS has ever had. It functions as the school's very own museum. I honestly think that if anyone wanted to understand the history of the school and wanted to feel the TCS spirit, the chapel would be the best place to go.
Overall my kids love going to Trinity. It is a huge commitment for our family as a day students. Someone always needs to be available for drop-off and pick-up. The bus ride to school is a 40-minute ride each way. Our day starts around 6:30 am and the girls arrive home around 6 pm. So it is a long day but they wouldn’t have it any other way. After the academic day at school, students are encouraged to get involved in extracurricular activities where they have fun with their friends. My daughters love going to Trinity. They have never complained about the length of day or going to school. Every opportunity they have, they wanted to go to school and hang out with their friends.
At this time I can only review School Life from the perspective of a Junior School, day student parent. The Senior School offers boarding and I believe that to be a significant part of the overall culture of the school. My boys do love going to TCS. They appreciate that it is a privilege to be exposed to such dynamic teachers, multicultural friends, opportunities to enhance learning with travel, guest speakers, etc. From my boys' point of view, they love the meals served for lunch, they love the facilities (swimming pool, hockey rink, multiple gyms, etc) and they feel cared for by the teaching staff. It is March 2021 and I must comment on the superb job TCS did/is doing to ensure the high quality of learning during Covid related restrictions. Not only through the flexibility of being online/in-person each day but also offering co-curriculars online and engaging the students outside of classwork.
The overall quality of student life at Trinity College School is outstanding. Our son has been at TCS for two academic years. When he started at the school, the TCS school life was many things....rigorous, fun, challenging, caring, rewarding, exciting. After six months in that first year, the COVID pandemic spread across the world and changed people's lives. Our son's TCS school life changed, too. He returned home and began a new TCS Online school life. The TCS administration, staff, and leadership teams immediately went to work on creating a new school life for their students. Despite these new challenges, their enthusiasm, energy and focus never wavered and was always on the students to create a new school life. As the next academic school year started, both our son and daughter went to TCS. Students could return to campus with many restrictions due to COVID. However, TCS continues to try and create a school life that is rigorous, fun, challenging, caring, rewarding and exciting.