Q. What is the age requirement for entering kindergarten and subsequent grades?
A. Children must be 5 years old by August 31 to apply for August enrollment in kindergarten. Children who are waiting a year before entering kindergarten should not be turning 6 before May 1, except in individual cases as determined by the Admissions Committee. Students applying to grades 1-4 must also have a birth date of August 31 or earlier. For grades 5 and above, an applicant's age will be considered on an individual basis as part of the overall admissions evaluation.
Q. How much space is available in each grade?
A. Each year 60 students enroll in our kindergarten classes. Throughout lower school, new students are added based on attrition. At fifth grade, we add a class of approximately 20 new students. From sixth grade through twelfth grade, enrollment remains around 80 to 85 students per grade based on attrition and strength of new student applications received during each subsequent year.
Q. When is the best time to visit?
A. The best time to visit campus is in the fall preceding the year you wish to enroll. This timeframe will allow you to learn more about TVS prior to all application and testing deadlines. However, the admissions staff is pleased to schedule campus visits throughout the year.
Q. Do we have to file an application for admission before visiting?
A. No. Visits may be scheduled any time throughout the school year regardless of application status.
Q. Can students visit class?
A. Yes. TVS students in every grade volunteer to host visitors. Host students will take visitors with them as they go about their day. Guests of the admissions office will be given a lunch pass for use in the cafeteria.
Q. Are parent or student interviews required?
A. The members of the Admissions Committee may request interviews or school-day visits as part of the application process for some students in Lower or Middle School. Interviews are required for Upper School applicants and may be conducted during a school-day visit or scheduled separately. Parent interviews are not required, but we welcome the opportunity to know more about each family.
Q. What is the admission policy for siblings of current students and children of alumni?
A. Consideration is given to qualified applicants who are siblings of currently enrolled students, children of Trinity Valley School alumni, or children of full-time faculty/staff members.
For kindergarten admissions, these students receive an early admission decision; however, school policy states that no more than two-thirds of the kindergarten class may be filled by early decision. This ensures that there will always be openings for families new to the school.
For grades 1-12, qualified applicants who fit one or more of these categories do receive extra consideration, but are not guaranteed the first-available spots. Admission will be more contingent on the number of applicants and the number of spaces available at each particular grade.
Q. Is there a waiting list?
A. Yes. Often there are fewer spaces available in a grade than there are qualified applicants. In that circumstance, students placed on the waiting list may be offered admission if room becomes available.
Q. We tested for admission last year. Do we have to re-test for admission this year?
A. Yes. Students must test each year they apply to Trinity Valley. After the first application, the reapplication fee is reduced to $25. The standard registration fee for the ISEE test must be paid each time you apply for admission to grades 4-12.
Q. We will be applying for admission for all of our children. How does having multiple children for different grades affect the admissions process?
A. Every candidate is considered for admission based on his or her own merits. That said, we also recognize that most families would like for their children to attend the same school. Utmost consideration is given to every candidate for admission, including siblings, as we seek to enroll students who will be happy and successful Trinity Valley students.
Q. I am applying to more than one school. Do you work with any other schools to facilitate the admissions process?
A. Trinity Valley School cooperates with three other Fort Worth independent schools (All Saints' Episcopal School, Fort Worth Academy, and Fort Worth Country Day) in the scheduling and administration of admission testing for grades K-12. Admission candidates who are applying to more than one of these schools should schedule the admission testing at one school and request that the test scores be shared with the other school(s). To be considered for admission at any other school, candidates must also file applications with those schools. Except under special circumstances determined by the test administrators, results are not valid if a test is administered to the student more than once within a given year.
Q. We missed the deadline for application and testing. Is there a possibility of being considered for admission?
A. Typically openings for the upcoming school year are filled during the initial admissions process. However, it is possible that some room may remain or come available in specific grades after decisions are issued in April. Contact the admissions office for more information on late applications and testing.
Q. How do I apply for financial aid?
A. Please refer to the financial aid portion of our website by clicking here. If you need further assistance, contact our Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Judith Kinser, at 817.321.0116.
Q. Tell me about diversity at TVS.
A. TVS seeks to admit the most academically qualified students who will contribute to the diversity of the school community. We hope that what our students have in common is their academic ability but that otherwise they represent a broad diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, religion, and socio-economic background. We strive to create an environment of awareness, respect, and understanding of each others' differences.
Q. What time of day does school begin and end?
A. Kindergarten: 8:15 - 2:45
Grades 1-4: 8:15 - 3:30
Grades 5-6: 8:15 - 3:30 (In Middle School, the first bell rings at 8:10 and class begins at 8:15)
Grades 7-8: 8:15 - 2:45, with PE until 3:30 or athletic practice until 4:00 p.m. (4:30 p.m. for football practice)
Grades 9-12: 8:40 - 3:45, athletic practice 4-6 p.m.
Q. Why does Upper School begin class so much later?
A. Students in grades 9 through 12 have an optional tutorial period (“T” period) beginning each day at 8:00 a.m. During this time, teachers are available in their classrooms to offer extra help or study sessions. This time is also available for students to make up work from days they miss class due to athletics, activities, or illness.
Q. DOES TRINITY VALLEY SCHOOL HAVE A BUS SERVICE?
A. Yes. Click here for our Bus Service web page.