Palmer Trinity School (founded 1991)
Palmer School and Trinity Episcopal School merged to become Palmer Trinity School in 1991, with plans and visions that would allow the two institutions to be mutually beneficial. Predictably, there were challenges after the merger, as two different school cultures and communities came together. It took a few years for the green and gold Pirates and the purple and white Titans to feel bonded in being blue and gold Falcons, but it was increasingly clear that this new independent Episcopal school was destined to become a premier educational institution. What was not predictable in this same period was Hurricane Andrew’s direct hit of the Palmer Trinity campus in 1992. Roofs blown off, windows broken out, trees and shrubs uprooted, the fields flooded—the beautiful campus was devastated. Classes started in tents that fall.
Since the merger, Palmer Trinity has steadily grown from 300 to 600 students. Post-hurricane landscaping and the school’s commitment to environmental preservation are reflected in the serene tropical loveliness of gumbo limbo trees, royal poincianas, palms, ferns, orchids, and other foliage native to the area. A new Humanities building, Music Center, Fitness facility, Math/Science building, and expanded Library space have been added to the original three buildings.
Today Palmer Trinity’s students, over 50% of whom are bilingual, come from 37 countries. Students represent Episcopal, other Protestant Christian, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Islamic, and Hindu faiths. As an Episcopal school, Palmer Trinity welcomes students and families of all faiths, and promotes an affirming, inclusive atmosphere.
Palmer Trinity’s dedication to excellence spans all facets of school life. In academics, the average SAT score has risen 200 points in the last 10 years. Honors and AP courses, the Laptop Program, the Advanced Scholars Program, Curriculum Mapping, and initiatives like Religion and Ecology reflect Palmer Trinity’s commitment to strong traditional education alongside creative, innovative education. The school’s 42 athletic teams testify to the growing and successful sports program. And the excellent drama, music, and the visual arts programs offer students a broad range of options in creative expression.
Bi-weekly convocations, frequently with emphasis on topics of ethics, along with monthly worship that encourages spiritual formation in each individual, bond the students together in spiritual, as well as academic growth. A number of outreach projects provide hands-on experience in sharing the resources that we have been given with those less fortunate.
In just a little over a decade and a half since the merger, Palmer Trinity has grown into a much more mature institution than its years would suggest. And now we look to the exciting future before us, as Palmer Trinity steps into the years ahead.
The Plan and Vision of Palmer Trinity in 2007
In 2002, the Board approved a five-year strategic plan that focused on three goals: “Achieving Excellence”, “Building Episcopal Identity”, and “Committing to Stewardship.” The school has made great strides toward the realization of those goals in the past five years, so much so that some of the specifics can be revised at this point; moreover, the very exciting reality of major land acquisition now calls for significant revisions in the strategic plan for the long term. Before us is the opportunity to dream, enhance, and expand, all of which will be done with the interests of everyone in the school and local community at heart, and all of which will be carried out with responsibility to the environmental beauty and preservation of the land, to the master plan design, to fiscal and fundraising integrity, and to the preservation and nurture of the soul of Palmer Trinity School and its students.
The four broad goals of the revised strategic plan are:
Excellence Across All Programs
Episcopal Identity and Spiritual Growth
The Master Design of our Unique Subtropical Campus
Stewardship and Financial Strength