The Effort System
The Heart of Trinity-pawling
At Trinity-Pawling, we're known for the Effort System, but our belief in effort goes much deeper than that. It's the way we think--and how we live. We believe all great accomplishments begin with perseverance in the face of challenges. In the end, effort is how we measure ourselves, not only as students, but also as athletes, brothers, and school-citizens.
As members of the Pride, we strive for growth across many dimensions. For each of us, hidden talents come to the surface, and we also see where we need to improve. Ultimately, if you let it, Trinity-Pawling will give you a profound sense of self-understanding. You'll put that awareness to good use--here at school, in college, and for the future.
EFFORT SYSTEM 101
Here's how the system works. Every six weeks, each student receives an effort grade from the faculty. They consider multiple aspects of student work--academics, dorm life, athletics, extracurricular involvement, campus service, and more. Students are placed in Group 1 (highest) through Group 5 (lowest), depending on the commitment you've shown to your teachers, your coaches, your brothers--but most important, to yourself.