Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill

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Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
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Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill in 2014
Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill is located in North Carolina
Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
4011 Pickett Road


Coordinates35°58′33″N 78°59′43″W / 35.97584°N 78.99522°W / 35.97584; -78.99522Coordinates: 35°58′33″N 78°59′43″W / 35.97584°N 78.99522°W / 35.97584; -78.99522
TypePrivate, Independent School
Mottonot to us Lord
Religious affiliation(s)Christian
Head of schoolChip Denton
Student to teacher ratio8:1
Campus size22 acres
Color(s)Blue & Gold
Athletics34 athletic teams
MascotLeo the Lion

Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill is a private Christian school in Durham, North Carolina in the United States.

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 School is located at 4011 Pickett Road in Durham, North Carolina. Trinity’s 22-acre campus is bordered by the New Hope Creek nature corridor and trail connecting the Jordan Reservoir property and Duke Forest. Facilities include a 28,000 sq. ft. Lower School classroom building, a 32,000 sq. ft. Middle and Upper School classroom building. In 2015, the Blake Hubbard Learning Commons (The HUB), named for Trinity student Blake Hubbard, was dedicated and serves as a central destination for student learning, collaboration, and worship. Trinity has a Student Activity Center, with two full-size gymnasiums and a fitness center, two outdoor, multi-sport athletic fields. Trinity will break ground this winter on a new 18,000 square foot arts and engineering building to open in 2020. Phase III construction plans include a third classroom building, a music and arts building, an auditorium, and additional administrative and common spaces.

Trinity’s school hours are: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten | 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Grades 1–5 | 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Grade 6 | 8:30 a.m.–2:45 p.m. Middle School (Grades 7–8) | 8:05 a.m.–2:45 p.m. Upper School (Grades 9–12) | 8:00 a.m.–3:16 p.m.


Trinity School relies on tuition income to meet most of its annual operating expenses. 2019–2020 Tuition Ranges Transitional Kindergarten–Kindergarten: $5,780–$11,560 Grades 1–5: $8,125–$16,250 Grades 6–8: $9,250–$18,500 Grades 9–12: $11,175–$22,350

Safety and Security Trinity seeks to be a community in which all feel safe. Physical, emotional and spiritual health and safety are equally important. Trinity has a safety committee consisting of employees, students and parents and this committee meets regularly. The Safety Committee assesses health procedures, drafts emergency policies and protocols, and recommends physical improvements to insure that all are safe and healthy.

Diversity and Inclusion Trinity School actively seeks to increase the ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity of its student body. Trinity does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or disability in its educational, admission, and financial assistance programs. Twenty-seven percent of Trinity's students are students of color.

More than 70 local congregations of various denominations are represented in the student body at Trinity. Trinity does not require parents to be professing Christians and welcomes families and students from other faiths, as well as those from nonreligious backgrounds. All parents commit themselves to support the educational mission of the school.

Accredidation Trinity is accredited as a TK–12 institution by Christian Schools International ( and the Southern Association of Independent Schools ( Trinity School is a member of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (

College Placement From places farther afield like Stanford, Dartmouth, Wheaton, Samford, and Vanderbilt to ones closer to home like Elon, Duke, NC A&T, and UNC, Trinity graduates go on to well-matched schools. In Trinity’s first seven graduating classes (200 alumni total,) eight seniors have been distinguished with full tuition, room, and board scholarships: three Morehead-Cain Scholarships at the University of North Carolina; a Teaching Fellows Scholarship; a Faculty Scholarship at Whitworth University; a David Bittle Scholarship at Roanoke College; and an ROTC Scholarship at Davidson College. Other accolades include six Division I athletic scholarships; ten Governor’s School placements; National Merit commended, semi-finalist, and finalist scholarships; and over $9 million in merit awards. Ninety-eight percent of our graduates have matriculated to a four-year college or university.


In the early 1990s, a group of Christians from different churches began to dream of a new school for Durham and Chapel Hill. Some were parents with children in public schools, some had homeschooling experience, and some had backgrounds in independent schools. Some were visionaries without school-age children. All shared a vision for education that integrated thoroughgoing Christian faith with the best teaching and learning.

1995 In the winter of 1995, a group began meeting to craft a vision and explore the logistics of a new school. Trinity School was incorporated in the spring of 1995, and shortly after Labor Day of that same year the school opened its doors to 39 students in three classes covering five grades, K–4. In its early years, the school met at Hope Creek Church on Erwin Road in Durham. The school expanded upwards to sixth grade, and then later up to eighth grade. The latter expansion was made possible by the purchase of twenty-two acres of land on Pickett Road.

2000 In the summer of 2000, the school broke ground for its first permanent facilities, funded by Trinity’s first $5 million Capital Campaign. The new buildings included an academic building and a gymnasium, both of which were completed in 2001. In May of that year Trinity graduated its first class of eighth graders.

2001–2010 The years from 2001–2010 brought significant growth to Trinity School. Our Lower School grades doubled in size as the school expanded to two sections in each grade. The Middle School began to emerge as a distinctive division within the school. The school’s infrastructure was expanded significantly during these years, including the addition of full-time senior staff. A task force worked hard to plan for the launch of the Upper School, which would be funded by a second major capital campaign, the $8.4 million “Growing Up” Campaign. After years of planning, the Upper School was launched in the fall of 2006. In the second year of the Upper School, a new academic building, the South Building, was completed. During this time the school also established a $1 million endowment for scholarships. The school saw the graduation of its first class of seniors in the spring of 2010 and has since graduated hundreds of students. Members of the class of 2010 have now graduated from college and are working, attending graduate and professional schools, and richly contributing to their communities.

2011–2018 Growth in numbers, facilities, and programs characterized this time at Trinity School. School-wide enrollment increased to over 500 students, with accompanying increases in faculty and staff.

The launching of the Digital Learning Initiative, a 1:1 iPad program, brought opportunities for both students and faculty to take advantage of the resources provided by technology for enriching the curriculum and enhancing productivity.

The building of the Blake Hubbard Commons, which called The HUB, created much-needed new space for meetings, worship, and musical and drama performances. An expansive robotics, stem, and maker space was created to provide an area for our students to design, build, and test robots using 3-D laser cutters and other tools.

Increased Middle School and Upper School enrollment also led to explosive growth in our athletics programs. By 2018 Trinity had 30 athletic teams in 9 sports. During this time our school moved from being a 1A division to a 2A division school, won numerous conference and state championships, and sent more than a dozen athletes to play at the collegiate level in baseball, cross-country, golf, volleyball, and swimming.

2019 and beyond... In May 2019 Trinity graduated its 10th class of seniors. The school also launched its fourth capital campaign, Trinity Forward, to build a new Arts and Engineering Building that will provide desperately needed space for our fine arts and robotics programs, as well as additional support for our faculty.

Trinity School will celebrate its 25th anniversary during the 2019-2020 school year.


The Trinity School Athletics program offers three seasons of interscholastic sports for students in grades 6–12. Their mascot is the Trinity Lion.

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