The Board of Trustees wishes to thank the following groups for their commitment and intentional work during the strategic planning process: the Strategic Planning Committee, Steering Committee Groups, Palmer Trinity School Leadership Team, Palmer Trinity School Faculty and Staff, all members of the Palmer Trinity Parents Association, Palmer Trinity’s Alumni, and all Palmer Trinity Students.

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  • Mission and Philosophy

    Palmer Trinity is an Episcopal school dedicated to promoting academic excellence and inspiring students to lead lives of virtue, humanity and spirit.

    Providing a supportive, inclusive environment for students, we emphasize academic distinction, ethical global citizenship, and character. As members of the greater community, we educate students to lead lives of honor and social responsibility. Palmer Trinity School is committed to diversity and includes students with a range of academic interests, as well as students from diverse ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • The Foundation of Palmer Trinity School

    The School has set forth its Mission and Philosophy, our Guiding Principles, Portrait of a Graduate, and Portrait of a Teacher as the foundation of the Strategic Plan.

Palmer Trinity School's Guiding Principles

Our school community reflects the pride of shared purpose and love of learning in a values-based environment, where each child is respected for his or her uniqueness:

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  • Balance

    We honor the unity of mind, body, and spirit.
  • Community

    We promote collegial relationships between students, faculty, staff, and parents.
  • Dedication

    We maintain excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts.
  • Diversity

    We embrace differences among individuals while celebrating our common humanity.
  • Honor

    We recognize the importance of leading lives of conscience and integrity.
  • Learning

    We cultivate curiosity, creativity, innovation, and scholarship as the foundation of intellectual growth.
  • Respect

    We practice compassion, understanding, and respect the dignity of each human being.
  • Service

    We encourage vision, initiative, and leadership in serving each other, the greater community, and the world.
  • Spirituality

    We respect the sacred and honor each individual as created in the image of God.

Portrait of a Graduate

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  • Critical Listeners

    who listen to understand, not merely to respond. 
  • Ethical Leaders

    who inspire others to work with purpose, clarity, and compassion.
  • Global Citizens

    who strive to recognize their universal humanity and appreciate their responsibility towards each other and the world.
  • Independent Thinkers

    who apply their critical thinking abilities to engage in discourse about complex intellectual and ethical problems.
  • Passionate Learners

    who pursue enlightenment and learning across disciplines with curiosity and determination.
  • Problem Solver

    who work with others to find diplomatic resolutions to challenge and change.

Portrait of a Teacher

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  • Passionate Teachers

    who display mastery and zeal for their subject while actively engaging students in the pursuit of learning and knowledge.
  • Inspirational Role Models

    who lead by example encouraging students to be understanding, compassionate, and global-minded members of the community.
  • Effective advisors

    who demonstrate empathy for their advisees, who communicate proactively, and assist them in the development of character and independence.
  • Collaborative Colleagues

    who commit to support school initiatives, who share ideas and resources with team members, and who demonstrate a positive and inclusive approach to achieving communal goals.
  • Committed Members of the Community

    who willingly participate in school life beyond the classroom.
  • Dedicated Professionals

    who commit to the art of teaching, aware that their work will profoundly impact the lives of students in unforeseen and unimagined ways.

Statements of Commitment

Respecting the School’s Episcopal practices and traditions rooted in Judeo-Christian beliefs and ethics.

As a School Community We Commit to

  • Provide an environment inspired by the traditions and practices of Episcopal schools.
  • Provide a safe and healthy environment for students by maintaining appropriate behavioral expectations and high ethical standards.
  • Employ professionals of solid character and expertise who are loyal to the mission of the School.
  • Create a stimulating, innovative, and intellectually challenging academic environment.
  • Communicate timely and appropriately.
  • Prepare students to succeed at an institution of higher learning.
  • Maintain an environment that ensures a collaborative partnership with your child.

As Students We Commit to

  • Strive for academic excellence and continued personal growth.
  • Take pride in ourselves and our school community by living the mission of Palmer Trinity and by representing our school in a positive manner at all times.
  • Endorse and adhere to the School’s Honor Code.
  • Build school spirit by participating in school activities, exhibiting good sportsmanship, taking advantage of all opportunities supporting one another.
  • Engage in responsible and respectful digital citizenship.

As Parents We Commit to

  • Support in our words and actions the policies, standards, and expectations of our school as articulated in the Student Handbook and Honor Code.
  • Communicate concerns with school personnel through appropriate channels, ensuring the most efficient collaboration for the health and well-being of our children.
  • Respect the School calendar, daily schedule, and our contractual obligations to the School.
  • Utilize the School’s website, email, and other modes of communication to remain informed about school events, policies, and updates.
  • Respect the professionals engaged in our child’s learning.
  • Provide volunteer support and participate in the School’s annual fundraising initiatives.
  • Engage in responsible and respectful digital citizenship.

As Faculty and Staff We Commit to

  • Support and uphold the mission, vision, and values of the School.
  • Recognize and cultivate the potential in every student.
  • Create a supportive environment that is developmentally and academically appropriate.
  • Support decisions and policies determined by the Administration.
  • Fulfill our obligations as stipulated in the employee contract and outlined in the Employee Handbook.
  • Ongoing professional development.
  • Engage in responsible and respectful digital citizenship.

As Alumni We Commit to

  • Advocate for and support Palmer Trinity School and its mission.
  • Share the history, traditions, and memories of Palmer School, Trinity Episcopal School, and Palmer Trinity School.
  • Provide opportunities for current students to learn more about the alumni network, to which they will one day belong.
  • Continue to build and maintain an active, informed, and engaged alumni community.
  • Cultivate financial resources for the sustained prosperity of the School.

As Board of Trustees We Commit to

  • Support the mission, vision, and values of Palmer Trinity School.
  • Further the work of the School through our time, our skills, and our financial support.
  • Prepare and actively participate in the majority of regular and special board meetings and events, and maintain confidentiality of content therein.
  • Speak with one voice and to avoid taking individual action on any issue. We will refer substantive information relating to real or perceived grievances from individuals or groups to the Chairman of the Board or the Head of School. We will strive to be objective decision-makers and take into account the effects of our actions on individuals, the organization, and the community.
  • Participate in all development and advancement opportunities within our ability to give, and commit to placing PTS high among the priority organizations of our philanthropic giving.
  • Recognize that the board serves in a strategic governance capacity, approving policies and their implementation, and will defer to the administration the management of daily operations.
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