Strategic Goals for Trinity
GOAL: Recruit, hire, develop, and retain exceptional educators – teachers, chaplains, administrators, and staff –to deliver the unique Mission of Trinity Episcopal School.
RATIONALE: Building and maintaining a culture that fulfills the Trinity Mission is the result of recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining a faculty and staff who are committed to the educational philosophy and core values of the School. As such, they know and believe in what they are hired to do, are supported and nurtured with professional development opportunities, are rewarded for doing the job especially well, and are surrounded by colleagues who support the Trinity Episcopal School Mission.
- Actively recruit, hire, develop, and retain talented faculty and staff who are passionate about the unique Mission of the School, who reflect the diversity that we believe is core to the delivery of our Mission, and who are representative of the Charlotte community we serve;
- Establish compensation goals and develop an implementation plan that will achieve these desired salary and benefits levels within a defined period of time; and
- Review the School’s organizational structure to determine whether additional positions are needed to deliver the School’s Mission most effectively.
GOAL: Redefine educational excellence by building upon our student-centered, problem-based learning, constructivist approach to creating scholars, nurturing spirituality and embracing diversity in a K-8 environment.
RATIONALE: The demands of a dynamic world require students who are collaborative and who possess analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making skills across a broad range of liberal arts disciplines. All aspects of the curriculum must be balanced and mutually reinforcing, requiring a rigorous academic program and a steadfast commitment to servant leadership, the arts, athletics, and the integration of spiritual formation into the fabric of everyday life.
- Build upon our commitment to the spiritual aspects of our curriculum through ongoing refinements of our faith studies program and worship services, including the consideration of a multi-purpose building with the capability to accommodate chapel/worship space;
- Enhance the fine arts program of the School by considering new facilities on the campus, as well as cooperative arrangements with arts organizations in the greater Charlotte community;
- Identify additional opportunities to support teaching and learning using technology and consider offering more opportunities for students to learn to design, code, and program technology; and
- Evaluate the world language program with consideration for our objectives and for the languages that are appropriate to meet the goals of the School.
GOAL: Substantially enhance the composition of the School community to address our aspirational goals of reflecting the racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, and socio-economic diversity of Charlotte and of being a community that provides access to all, creates inclusiveness for all, and strives for success for all.
RATIONALE: One of the founding core values of the School is embracing diversity – creating and living into a community that reflects the rich diversity of the city it serves. Embracing diversity in its fullest form means more than just providing access to diverse students; it means creating a community that is welcoming and inclusive to all of our families and is invested in the success of all our students.
- Develop and implement a multi-year diversity recruitment plan that includes building and nurturing relationships with community organizations that will introduce the School to diverse communities in our area and will expand the pool of applicants from those communities;
- Direct resources in our annual budget to ensure that the School can provide 100% of a family’s demonstrated need for the cost of attendance;
- Broaden our efforts to take concrete steps to ensure that Trinity is a welcoming and inclusive community for all students and families; and
- Build upon our commitment to invest in the social, emotional, spiritual, and academic success of every Trinity student and ensure that every student is cared for, cared about, celebrated, and affirmed as a child of God.
GOAL: Improve internal and external communications in order to consistently and effectively articulate the Trinity Episcopal School Mission, Vision, Core Values, and story; and employ traditional and innovative communication and marketing tools to nurture meaningful relationships among students, parents, alumni, and the greater Charlotte community.
RATIONALE: Effective communication is a feature of any great school; it fosters transparency, accountability, and consistency within the Trinity Episcopal School community. The Trinity Episcopal School Mission is built upon the values of accessibility, diversity, the example of Christ, and teaching the whole child. Targeted communication and messaging will enable the School to leverage admission, development, and program opportunities by cultivating relationships within the school and in the broader community.
- Appoint a Task Force to analyze our effectiveness through market analysis and a communications audit, to strengthen and clarify our message, to implement a comprehensive communication strategy to better inform the community about the School, and to more effectively celebrate and articulate Trinity’s unique Mission, successes, and strengths to all audiences; and
- Promote with pride the defining elements of our School, including our Episcopal identity, commitment to diversity, extraordinary faculty and staff, educational philosophy, service learning program, Honor Code, emphasis on social justice, and inclusive athletic and fine arts programs.
GOAL: Create and sustain a physical environment for the School that reflects its Mission and supports the delivery of its exceptional and unique educational experience. Our campus should take care of God’s creation and be a guardian of green space in an urban setting.
RATIONALE: A positive and productive physical work environment helps to improve the quality of teaching and learning and helps to attract, hire, and retain top quality students, faculty, and staff. Campus expansion should be consistent with the twin goals of enhancing the experience for children and stewarding the School’s financial resources. Our Center City location offers the prospect of creative partnerships and the joint use of buildings and land to meet programming and community needs.
- Develop a Master Campus Plan that builds upon the earlier work of the Trustees’ Building and Grounds Committee;
- Evaluate the benefit and cost of constructing a new multi-purpose building, including chapel/worship, performance, fine arts, and administrative spaces to meet short-term and long-term program needs;
- Explore opportunities to acquire strategic adjacent land and other properties proximate to campus; and
- Engage in discussions with potential partners in uptown for fully-funded, joint/shared use projects, based on the Alexander Street Park model, especially in the area of fine arts.
GOAL: Develop and implement a finance and development plan that will carry into the future the founders’ original Mission of creating scholars, nurturing spirituality, and embracing diversity in a way that is both aspirational and fiscally sound.
RATIONALE: Trinity Episcopal School must develop a financially sustainable operating model that allows the School to advance the Vision of its founders through the end of the School’s second decade and that gives due attention to the School’s financial and physical resources in the long term. Trinity remains committed to attracting and maintaining a diverse community; it also remains committed to a robust financial assistance program to meet the needs of our families.
- Grow annual giving (including the Trinity Fund) to equal 10% of the School’s annual operating budget; ;
- Study all steps that may be taken to ensure the School’s financial health in the long term, including increasing annual giving, embarking upon a comprehensive fundraising campaign, increasing tuition, and growing the size of the school.
- Enhance and expand our planned giving and major gifts efforts; and
- Plan a comprehensive fundraising campaign that includes an effort to raise endowment dedicated to financial assistance.
Our Roots and
To this end, we seek to create a community among students, families, and staff that fully lives into the Trinity Episcopal School Mission and enhances the experience of every student. We understand that this School is:
- An Episcopal School that observes the cherished rites of the Episcopal Church, including its tradition of reason, openness, and acceptance; and nurtures spirituality as an integral dimension of children’s development, thereby preparing them to share their intellectual and creative talent for the fulfillment of God’s purpose;
- Called to a ministry of education in the example of Jesus and as stewards of God’s children;
- One whose leadership invests time and treasure in grappling with what it means to be created unique and in the image of God;
- Summoned to develop engaged servant leaders who enhance civil discourse and decision-making;
- Meant to be a diverse, inclusive community whose priorities and actions reflect our Mission’s aspirations even when requiring sacrifice;
- Intended to educate and employ a rich diversity of individuals who reflect the surrounding community;
- Committed to making Trinity Episcopal School financially accessible to all of Charlotte’s children;
- Dedicated to the K-8 model as the best setting in which to deliver our Mission;
- Set purposely in the City’s urban center in order to serve the whole region and to benefit from the academic and service learning partnerships and relationships that come with this location; and
- Committed to having a talented and passionate faculty and staff and to providing them with exceptional professional development opportunities.
The following Strategic Goals describe our plan to further our Mission and to build a community that creates scholars, nurtures spirituality, and embraces diversity.