SSL Certificate


The first year of the program consists of two courses. The first is called Reading Comprehension.  In that course the students work on mastering the English language from the fundamental level on up. Using a modified Orton-Gillingham approach, they examine phonics cards (letter/sound associations and letter combinations), syllable division rules, linguistic terminology, rote memorization, and spelling rules. In addition to word attack skills, students work on reading comprehension, charting patterns, listening skills, and study and organizational skills. The students in this course are placed into sections of two or three students, and their progress is based on their mastery of the material. Importantly, students whose learning issues indicate that they do not require phonics work are placed into groups where that section is replaced by intensive vocabulary work.

The second first year course is a full size class called Composition One. In this course  students work extensively on the computer to learn the fundamentals of grammar and writing. Students are required to memorize definitions for parts of speech, to learn the various sentence constructions, and to apply the information they learn in their own writing. The students also are instructed in composing topic sentences, thesis statements, paragraphs, and essays. Here again progress is based upon mastery.

The second year course is called Analytical Writing. The students in this course, in groups of four or five, work intensively on writing. They primarily read an assortment of short stories and novellas. At the same time they are instructed in how to write an introductory paragraph, how to write an essay, and how to use the text to support their points. Additionally, they are taught to recognize symbolism and other types of figurative language in the works they examine. Amongst the skills they acquire; seeing how paragraphs are structured, writing different types of paragraphs, recognizing patterns (outlining, charting), finding the main idea, moving from literal to inferential interpretation, writing five paragraph essays, improving writing mechanics, developing vocabulary, and developing skills for self-monitoring. 

A Commitment to Character

As we prepare young men for the world beyond Trinity-Pawling, we seek to convey this fundamental lesson: Character is the single most influential force to propel us forward - whether academically, physically, socially, or spiritually.

Trinity-Pawling has so much to offer!

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Not Just In the Classroom

What makes Trinity-Pawling unique? The Effort System is at the heart of everything we do.

The Pride

At Trinity-Pawling, every boy is a three-season athlete.  Whether he is learning the basics or has been excelling for years, he is part of the School's century-old athletic tradition.  T-P competes in the Founders' League, a highly competitive arena showcasing some of the nation's best prep school talent. T-P offers 13 interscholastic sports with 30 teams.

We're Seriously Creative

The Arts are an integral part of every Trinity-Pawling student's education. Whether they wish to develop existing talents or experiment with an entirely new form of expression, each student will have at least one year of music, theater, visual art or art history.


As a parent or guardian of a Trinity-Pawling student, you are a welcome member of the community. Your involvement through event attendance, participation in the Parents' Association, or simply staying connected is appreciated.

This could be you!

Over 100 years ago, Frederick Luther Gamage, Trinity-Pawling's Founding Headmaster, said, "Whether a boy succeeds or fails in the first instance at everything he tries is irrelevant.  The only boy who truly fails is the boy who fails to try."  Today, a century later, 315 boys live learn and grow together in an environment that fosters commitment, effort and character across the board.

Stay Connected!

Trinity-Pawling has a rich tradition of alumni connectivity. We want you to participate in the life and vitality of the School. Through this engagement, alumni will help Trinity-Pawling propel forward.

Stay Connected!

Trinity-Pawling has a rich tradition of alumni connectivity. We want you to participate in the life and vitality of the School. Through this engagement, alumni will help Trinity-Pawling propel forward.

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