Parent Stories

Families Explain Why They Chose Trinity

What are you looking for in a school? Academics, of course, but what else? A variety of after-school programs? A welcoming parent community? Every family is different and prioritizes different things. We asked parents to tell us their stories and why they chose Trinity. Themes we hear over and over are strong academics, personalized attention to each child, and a welcoming community.


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Each Child, Each Day.

Moms, dads, and couples talk about our strong academics, personalized attention to each child, and welcoming community. More stories below ↓

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Building strong partnerships with parents is one of our four core values and crucial for our mission. We rely on parent involvement to nurture the whole child and deliver personalized instruction. In our Parent Stories series, Trinity parents talk about what they love most about our programs and community.


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Adapting to What Each Child Needs

Morgan and John are parents of three Trinity students in grades 2, 6, and 8, and they have been Trinity parents since 2014. They share their thoughts about our Extensions program, an extra period that enables us to meet the unique needs of each child. Students can stretch themselves in areas where they excel, or they can focus on areas where they need a little help. That builds confidence and a love of learning.

A Holistic Approach

Anthony Brown, Ph.D. is a professor of education and a former classroom teacher. He has two children enrolled at Trinity, one in Lower School and another in Middle School. Dr. Brown says his family is at Trinity because of its balanced, holistic curriculum and an ability to go beyond test scores to provide parents with a rich and comprehensive picture of each student's growth.

My Kids Truly Love Coming to School Every Day

Katy Dennison is the Parent Council President for the 2021-2022 school year. She appreciates how a top priority at Trinity is that students enjoy school — because if they love school, they'll do well. And it shows! Her kids have asked her not to book doctor appointments during school hours because they don't want to miss anything! Katy also talks about the strength of the community, our focus on social-emotional learning, and how she got involved with Parent Council.


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Foster Learning Like Nowhere Else

Erica and Ronnie Hay were vendors for Trinity before becoming parents. In fact, their company still manages printing services for the school. They were convinced to enroll their kids as students after seeing how we tailor the education experience around each child's strengths and weaknesses.

The Community Sold It

Theo Ulmer is chief operating officer of Me & The Bees Lemonade, a beverage company featured by ABC's Shark Tank and founded by his daughter and Trinity alumnae Mikaila Ulmer ('18). Though academics was the primary deciding factor when looking for a school, he was very impressed with our community, culture and learning environment.

Personalized Instruction for My Child

Amanda and Clay Cowen talk about their kindergarten experience and their appreciation for daily chapel, a welcoming community, and personalized instruction from two homeroom teachers.


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More Than Great Academics

Candace and Tim Leak are parents of two Trinity students, and they have been Trinity parents since 2015. They toured 11 schools — including private, public and charter. They chose Trinity because of our attention on developing the whole child.

Relationships That Make the Difference

Kristin Harper has been a Trinity parent since 2014. When their son was going into kindergarten, she and her husband looked at a variety of schools, including public, charter and private. She said Trinity outshone all of them because of how the teachers connect with each child individually. Seven years later, Trinity holds true to that philosophy of meeting every child where they are.

Feel Connected to Teachers & Classmates 

Katie and David Bartley are parents of two girls in middle school, and they have been Trinity parents since 2016. Their daughters have very different personalities and different needs, but they both feel at home at Trinity.


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The Teachers Are Fantastic

Tom Yemington is the parent of two alumni and two middle schoolers, and his family has been at Trinity since 2013. He says he's impressed with the depth of experience among Trinity teachers. (Two out of every five faculty have a post-graduate degree.) He also appreciates the inclusivity of the Athletics program.

Trinity Makes You Feel Like Family 

Chaundy Satterwhite was a Trinity parent from 2015‑2019. (Her son graduated in 2019 as president of Student Council.) She appreciates how Trinity welcomed her into the community and connected her to other families.

Trinity Truly Understands My Child

Tanuj Nakra has been a Trinity parent since 2013. He feels that Trinity teachers truly understand his son's strengths and weaknesses, which allows them to bring out the best in him.


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Lots of Reasons to Choose Trinity

Mrinalini Kulkarni-Date is the mother of two alumni, including a Trinity lifer (has attended Trinity kindergarten through 8th grade). She also serves on Trinity's board of trustees. She said she chose Trinity for a lot of reasons, but her favorite thing is the community.

Warm & Welcoming Community

Melissa Casteluccio is the parent of two lower schoolers. She said Trinity stuck out because of the community and because there are two teachers in every Lower School classroom.


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