Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I start the process of applying to Trinity Hall?
For full details and a step-by-step guide to apply to Trinity Hall, go to our Admissions Welcome page.
Q. What is the application process for students transferring to Trinity Hall from other high schools?
It is recommended that you contact the admissions director if you would like to transfer to Trinity Hall. Contact Theresa Kiernan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What entrance examination is required to apply? How do we register?
All applicants must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) offered by Scholastic Testing Service, Inc. Cost to take the entrance exam is $75. Register your daughter for the entrance exam by filling out the Entrance Exam Registration form.
Q. Does Trinity Hall provide transportation?
Yes. For full details please go to our Transportation page.
Q. Can I schedule a visit? When?
You are welcome to attend one of our Open House events on either October 13 or November 7, 2018. Families who have submitted an admissions application and have registered for or taken the entrance exam will be assigned a date for a school visit (“student shadow day”) and interview. For full details and a step-by-step guide to apply to Trinity Hall, go to our Admissions Welcome page.
Q. From what towns are your students?
Our students come from over 45 communities in Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean counties.
Q. When and how should we apply for financial aid?
Families interested in applying for financial aid should apply as early as possible. The application period begins October 29, 2018. Families may apply online by visiting www.TADS.com or request a paper application by contacting TADS at (800) 884-8237 or via TADS’s online request for a paper application. Prior to beginning the TADS Financial Aid Application, it is recommended that families complete the TADS Financial Aid Worksheet, which will help in gathering the necessary supporting documents prior to beginning an application. By January 25, 2019, the Financial Aid Application must be completed and submitted online or by mail to TADS. By April 1, a copy of the parents’ 2018 Form 1040 (including all schedules), a copy of all Form W2’s and Form 4506 must be submitted to TADS. The Form 4506 Request for Copy of Tax Return permits Trinity Hall to obtain a copy of your tax returns directly from the IRS for verification purposes.
Q. How is financial aid awarded and how are the amounts determined?
Financial aid is awarded to families according to their level of need as determined by Trinity Hall’s financial aid committee using the TADS Financial Aid Application and the required supporting documentation. It is imperative that families complete the Financial Aid Application as thoughtfully and carefully as possible. The financial aid committee bases awards on the information supplied by each family. Both TADS systems consider parents’ gross taxable income and non-taxable income, assets, liabilities, family size and number of children in tuition charging schools and colleges. After an allowance for basic necessities and required taxes, a determination is made about a family’s ability to pay tuition.
Q. Will my child’s financial aid award change from year to year? What if my finances change?
The school is committed to supporting the continued attendance through graduation of a student receiving financial aid, provided the need for financial aid continues. Financial aid is recalculated each year using current information, and families must apply for financial aid each year. Trinity Hall is committed to doing what is in the best interest of the student.
Q. What happens in cases where parents are divorced or separated?
In the case of divorced or separated parents, both parents must submit financial aid applications, as well as the required supporting documentation. Financial need is determined by a family’s ability to meet educational expenses, not on a willingness or unwillingness to pay. Both parents retain the obligation to contribute what they can afford to the education of their children, regardless of any divorce or other agreements stating otherwise. The financial aid committee will make an award only after considering the financial resources of both parents.
Q. How confidential is this application?
All applications for financial aid are held in the strictest confidence and only viewed by necessary members of the financial aid committee.
Q. Does Trinity Hall provide lunch?
Students order prepared lunches from an outside vendor on a monthly basis. The choices vary and include sandwiches, salads, wraps, etc. Students are not required to order lunch and may bring their own. Students may also select to order lunch on certain days, and bring a lunch on other days.
Q. Do students wear uniforms?
Yes. Uniforms can be purchased from Flynn & O’Hara.
Q. What is the average class size?
Trinity Hall has small classes by design. The average class size will remain at approximately 17 students per class, regardless of total student enrollment.
Q. How is technology used at Trinity Hall?
Each student receives a Chromebook in her first week of school and utilizes Google’s educational applications in class, on campus and at home. Classrooms have wifi access points and interactive boards to support individual and collective learning. The school’s lab spaces offer technical workstations for experiments, demonstration, and group work.
Q. Does Trinity Hall offer honors and AP classes?
All classes at Trinity Hall are honors level classes because of the high academic requirements for entrance and scholastic success. AP history is available in 10th grade, and AP classes in English, history, world language, science, and math are available in 11th and 12th grades.
Q. Do you have a varsity sports program?
Yes. Trinity Hall is a member of the Shore Conference, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) and the New Jersey Independent School Athletic Association (NJISAA), and competes against public, parochial, and independent schools in Monmouth County and throughout the state. For more information about our athletics program, go to our Athletics page.
Q. What does it mean to be “in the Catholic tradition?”
Simply put, our tradition is Catholic: our masses and prayer services all hold to the tradition of the Catholic faith, in a richly diverse community where ALL persons are accepted, affirmed and appreciated. Click here for more information.