Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
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The school opened its doors in the autumn of 1995 with thirty-nine students in the grades of Kindergarten through 4th grade (K-4), using the facilities of Hope Creek Church in Durham. In August 1996, Dr. Peter T. "Chip" Denton, Jr. became the founding Headmaster. In 1996, the school grew to over 70 students in grades 1-5, to 90 students in 1997, and to just under 100 students in grades 1-6 in 1998.
In 1998 the school acquired thirty-seven acres of land on Pickett Rd., including a 15-acre (61,000 m2) nature reserve along Hope Creek. In the fifth year the school held classes for grades 5-7 at the new property in modular classrooms, while grades K-4 continued to meet at Hope Creek Church on Erwin Road.
In the summer of 2000, the school broke ground on its first permanent facility. The site provides a 28,000-square-foot (2,600 m2) classroom building and gymnasium, with a new total of nearly 160 students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade (K-8). By 2001, the K-8 student body had grown to 240 and in 2002, to 273. In the autumn of 2003, Trinity added a Transitional Kindergarten class. 2007 saw the completion of a new building on the campus for grades 6-12, and the expansion of the gymnasium. The school now serves students TK-12 with total enrollment exceeding 500 students.
The mission of Trinity School is to educate students in transitional kindergarten to grade twelve within the framework of Christian faith and conviction—teaching the classical tools of learning; providing a rich yet unhurried curriculum; and communicating truth, goodness, and beauty.
Trinity seeks to create a community in which there is delight in learning and an atmosphere that encourages the sort of intellectual, moral, and aesthetic development that is fitting for those who bear the image of God. We want to challenge our students in a way that stimulates their natural curiosity, guiding their discovery toward personal, intellectual, and spiritual growth.
Trinity School relies on tuition income to meet most of its annual operating expenses. Therefore, Trinity's enrollment contracts represent commitments for the entire year, and no reduction or remission of tuition can be allowed for absence or withdrawal. Parents may purchase the Tuition Refund Plan to protect contracted tuition. Details on this plan are provided with the enrollment contracts.
- 2013–2014 Tuition
Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten* $9,370
Grades 1–5 $12,790
Grades 6–8 $13,920
Grades 9–12 $16,950
*Transitional kindergarten and kindergarten tuition includes optional Lunch Bunch, which lasts until 1:00 p.m. A $500 nonrefundable tuition deposit is included in the amounts listed above and must be submitted with the signed enrollment contract.
The Trinity School Athletics program offers three full seasons of interscholastic sports for students in grades 6–12 and strives to teach students fundamental skills, teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance, and the joys of playing and competing. The Trinity community has greatly enjoyed supporting the Trinity Lions, contributing to a wonderful school spirit.