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Project-Based Learning at Trinity-Pawling School

In the opening of school faculty meeting, Bill Taylor laid out his vision for the Winter Term Projects which debuted this term. He charged the faculty to collaborate with a colleague in another academic department and generate projects of interest related in some way to their classes. By November, the faculty had created 50 proposals. Students also could pitch their own topics and find two faculty members as guides.

Topics run a wide gamut: Polarization of Climate Change, Build a Roller Coaster, Predicting the Economic Needs of a Hockey Rink, Physics of Music, Don Quijote as a “This American Life” podcast, Geometry of Roman Architecture, and Statistical Inequity of Capital Punishment Among Different Races.

Dean of Faculty Todd Hoffman oversees this program and orchestrates the scheduling logistics. The daily academic schedule was adjusted to create a 45 minute period every Wednesday morning which will allow time to focus on the projects. “We managed to create this window without taking away from class time,” said Hoffman.

In December, students signed up for three choices and were assigned their topic on a first come, first served basis. Enrollment in most projects ranges from two to ten students.

Each project will culminate in a final graded assessment such as a paper, a constructed object, video or podcast. The capstone work will be assessed by both participating teachers and will count as two credits on each student’s transcript.

According to Taylor, “Project-based learning places the students at the center of the learning process by allowing them to be active participants in a multi-faceted way. Moreover, the interdisciplinary nature of the projects provides the opportunity to synthesize content from multiple sources and create something different, a highly valued skill in the so-called information age. Additionally, the projects model collaboration for the students as they see teachers, colleagues from different academic departments, working together in imaginative, creative ways.”

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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