Strategic Plan

Palmer Trinity, Miami’s only Episcopal Middle and Upper School, is a global-minded and forward-thinking institution, dedicated to the education, and the moral and spiritual growth of our students.

Steering Committee

Frank Corbishley, (Convener) Board of Trustees, Parent Chair
Michael Baiamonte
Board of Trustees, Parent
Giovanna Arrien, Staff and Parent
Andrew Bennett ’95, Alumni
Susana Cetta, Administration and Parent
Evans Crews ’91, Alumna and Parent
Andrew Bennett ’95, Alumni
Lauren Dowlen, Staff
Suzanne Gottlieb Calleja, Administration
Bekki Haggard, Parent
Ivan Morales, Parent
Jan Morrison, Alumni parent
Danny Reynolds, Administration
Jeff Rose, Faculty and Alumni Parent
Noel Schael, Faculty


The focus of PTS’s 2020 Strategic Vision is the enhancement of the quality of the School’s faculty and its academic and co-curricular programs to provide a world-class education for students. To support the goals of this Vision, the PTS community must:
  • Build upon our long-standing tradition of inspired teaching, as it promotes engaged learning;
  • Enhance all components of the academic program to strengthen the stature of Palmer Trinity School in the independent school community;
  • Enrich the quality of the students’ experience and programs that support their social, spiritual, ethical and personal growth and development;
  • Broaden opportunities within the School’s academic and student life programs to foster students’ global perspectives;
  • Continue to provide an Episcopal foundation fostering a healthy environment of kindness and compassion for each member of our community.
Palmer Trinity seeks to achieve its goals within an intellectually stimulating and inclusive environment, characterized by outstanding and committed faculty, staff and students. Progress towards Strategic Vision 2020 will require the judicious use of existing human and financial resources through faculty and staff development programs, more efficient administrative procedures, measured growth in student body composition and careful review of open and sustainable financial models. Full achievement of these objectives will be possible only with the continued commitment and support of the School’s Alumni, parents and friends. As the School grows thoughtfully and strategically, hiring mission appropriate faculty, Palmer Trinity School will continue to affirm its relationship with its neighbors and remain a contributor to the well-being of the greater community.

At this point in time, the School must bolster the continuity of the academic program and the vitality and relevance of the use of technology as a primary component. It must examine the role of strategic community partnerships and student life while defining the parameters to programmatic expansion, and address issues of faculty recruitment and retention – staying committed to attracting and retaining the very best teachers in the country. Most importantly, the School must afford sufficient time in the schedule for students to learn through exploration, delve deeply into classroom subject matter and balance academic pursuits with co-curricular activities and experiences. Thoughtful planning must ensure classroom support; enabling best practices and innovation to flourish. Simultaneously, Palmer Trinity School must maintain its position of exceptional leadership in independent school education. This is an exciting and momentous time for Palmer Trinity School. Together we have the chance to create a future even more outstanding than our past, a defining distinction in Episcopal education.

The Process

Our strategic planning process began in the fall of 2013 with an in-depth assessment of the School’s strengths and challenges, and it continued through the winter and spring of 2014. Led by a Steering Committee, the views of the broader community were solicited through surveys, focus groups and interviews. Six task forces – made up of 80 board members, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni – assumed the responsibility of distilling the information brought forward and supplemented their findings with research, comparative studies of other independent schools, and further discussion with various stakeholders. Areas of inquiry included academic programming and student life, faculty, finance and development, physical plant, values, global perspective, and our flagship programs.

The outcome of the study revealed that the School, by every indicator, is healthy and robust. With a clear vision and strategic financial plan, Palmer Trinity can strengthen itself further, seeking new opportunities and exploring innovative practices that will better enable it to meet its mission In April 2014, approximately 75 members of the PTS community representing faculty, staff, trustees, current parents, alumni, and parents of alumni came together to review the findings of the task forces and cast a vision for the future of Palmer Trinity. In addition to the focus areas of the task forces, through the process of the retreat two additional priority areas for review were identified – student body composition and school structure. Embedded in each of these areas are Palmer Trinity’s commitment to a mission that fosters academic excellence, values pluralism, and promotes global citizenship and sustainability. These recommendations, after being reviewed and prioritized by the Board and administration, form the core of this Strategic Plan.
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