by WILLIAM V.N. PHILIP, Headmaster, Westminster School

Westminster School’s motto is Grit & Grace—two words that balance each other alliteratively, but far more importantly, complement each other inspirationally. Reflections about grit focus mostly on individual improvement, whereas grace emphasizes the importance of making a difference for others and possibly leading a more fulfilling and gratifying life.

by MARK MITCHELL, Vice President, School & Student Services

There is no denying that recent pricing trends make the independent school choice seem less financially viable for many families. During the past decade, the tuition price tag has increased at significant rates. Data gathered by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) show that the median tuition for all independent schools (of all types and grade levels) rose by nearly 50% during that time. For families in New York City’s day schools, the news is worse. In these schools, the median tuition has risen over 70%, from $21,189 in 2003-04 to $35,104 in 2012-13.


We were excited to bring Aija Mayrock to speak at Trevor Day School on Thursday, October 12th at 6:30pm! Watch this short video to learn more about Aija and her book.

by CAROL DWECK, Professor and Author

What do we want our children to be? Do we want them to be people who try to get A’s for the rest of their lives? Who play it safe, curate their resumes, and climb up some pre-ordained ladder? Or do we want children who dream big, blaze new trails, and make outstanding contributions?


In “Thirteen Ways of Looking At A Blackbird,” poet Wallace Stevens takes something familiar—an ordinary blackbird—and by looking at it from many different perspectives, makes us think about it in new ways.