Institutes for Active Learning

The Future of Boys' Education

The world is changing, and so have academics at Trinity-Pawling! Get ready for dynamic tracks of study meant to stretch the mind and encourage exploration beyond the textbooks. During Saturday Programming each week, students have their choice of exciting and challenging learning experiences that follow a track of immersion in one of the four Institutes for Active Learning: Leadership, Citizenship, Entrepreneurship, and Environmental Stewardship.

These four cornerstones propel the development of other critical skills for 21st-century learners — including communication, collaboration, creativity, character, critical thinking, service, and self-awareness. Together, they hold the key to the future of boys’ education.


A group of students and faculty participate in a West African drumming demonstration at Trinity-Pawling

Participating in a West African drumming demonstration (Citizenship)

A Trinity-Pawling student swings on a low ropes course on campus

Designing a ropes course on campus (Leadership)

Trinity-Pawling students planting an orchard at the campus farm

Planting an orchard on the campus farm (Environmental Stewardship)

A Trinity-Pawling student builds a xylophone out of recycled materials

Building musical instruments from recycled materials (Entrepreneurship)


The Institutes for Active Learning

A Trinity-Pawling science teacher leads a lesson by the pond on campus
We Teach and Learn from Experience

Our teachers are experts in boys’ education. They are passionate about their subject matter and generous with their time, guiding our students to become fearless leaders and gain the skills to navigate a complex, ever-changing world.

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Through the Practicum and now the Institutes for Active Learning, Trinity-Pawling encourages boys to nurture emerging passions by providing opportunities to tinker, explore, and discover new areas of interest.

Headmaster Bill Taylor

Student-Centered Learning

Paired with the three-part Practicum, Trinity-Pawling students are able to reimagine and take ownership of their education with the Institutes for Active Learning. These signature programs were purpose-built to develop problem-solving skills, promote interdisciplinary exploration, and provide engaging opportunities for teamwork, camaraderie, and the discovery of talents and passions.

In addition to the Saturday Programming activities each week, during Wintersession, students also choose a Winter Project, Global Collaborative Challenge, and Senior Independent Project with an area of emphasis from one of the four Institute sectors. This furthers their growth as co-creators and active participants — in and out of the classroom.