Welcome to Palmer Trinity School.

Established in 1972, Palmer Trinity School offers a unique independent school experience that provides both a challenging and supportive environment for more than 750 students.

Palmer Trinity has a diverse population, and is friendly and welcoming. We provide students with a stimulating and extensive academic program, a wide range of extracurricular activities, and weekly Chapel services, embracing the Episcopal tradition of nurturing individual talents, not only for personal gain, but also in service to others. To foster this development, we have a myriad of community service opportunities to participate in and a nationally recognized global citizenship program.

We believe our success can be seen in students who have a foundation laid with core values that will serve them well in life, as well as a global awareness of the world in which they will engage. Character development, responsible decision-making, and the appropriate balance of mind, body, and spirit are what we strive to encourage, develop, and maintain.

Our talented faculty and staff serve as role models, advisors, and mentors, impacting our students’ lives, in and out of the classroom, and beyond graduation.

As Head of School, please allow me to extend a warm invitation to experience firsthand the unique spirit that is Palmer Trinity School, where the power of humanity and spirit unite, Virtus. Humanitas. Spiritus.

Thank you for visiting our website, and for considering Palmer Trinity School in your educational plans.

Go Falcons!

Patrick Roberts
Head of School
Patrick H. F. Roberts has more than twenty years of educational leadership and administrative experience in the private school sector. He moved from Nashville, Tennessee, where he most recently served as Associate Head of School and Head of Advancement for Battle Ground Academy. Prior to that, Roberts was Headmaster of St. James Episcopal School in Texas; Head of Middle School, Episcopal School of Arcadiana in Louisiana; Director of Admissions and Financial Assistance at the University Liggett School, and spent several years in various roles including educator, admissions, external relations, and development at Montgomery Bell Academy in Tennessee.

Mr. Roberts holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Richmond, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration and Supervision from Lipscomb University in Tennessee. He and his wife Laura and their four children are residents of Palmetto Bay, Florida.

Head of School Blog

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  • Just relax, okay...!?

    "To amuse oneself in order that one may exert oneself, as Anacharsis puts it, seems right. We need relaxation because we cannot work continuously. Relaxation, then, is not an end; for it is taken for the sake of activity." ---Aristotle (from Nicomachean Ethics, Book X)

    Believe it or not, Summer Break is upon us, arriving "officially" this Friday, June 10th.

    The final days of the school year have passed us all in a blur, as we have finished the grading of our examinations, entered the last comment, and filed our notes and lesson plans neatly away in their respective holding spots.

    This coming Thursday we will celebrate the completion of an incredible year here at Palmer Trinity School as we say "goodbye" to fellow colleagues who are on to new horizons, retiring or literally, moving to new cities...Yes, folks, the 2015-16 school year will soon be "in the books", and I, like many of you, must confess that a breather from the hectic routine is most welcome.

    For many of you, planned vacations, excursions and activities abound. Some of you (including me) are chaperoning and leading our students on service excursions and independent studies abroad...Others are working on campus, serving in our summer camps. Many of you will be busy in your office, completing tasks and projects from this past year while also planning and organizing for the coming year.

    In short, summertime can often be just as busy as the "normal" school routine, bringing with it the unexpected pressure to feel time is wasted if not engaged in a project, activity or event. As noted thinker and mystic, Manly Hall observes,

    "The most difficult thing to administer effectively is leisure."

    Accordingly, while I certainly have a number of obligations here at School and have my own family plans to travel, I am genuinely committed to finding meaningful moments to "unplug", "disconnect" and simply "be".

    Let me encourage you to do the same, if possible...

    Just relax, okay...?!
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  • "What Are You Waiting For?" - 2016 Graduation Remarks



    Recently I ran across an interview with Garrison Keillor, the noted writer and creator of the live radio variety show, “A Prairie Home Companion”. Known for his smart humor and his slow rumble of a voice, Keillor’s show has been a cult hit for over 40 years now...And, regardless of whether you Seniors---soon to be alumni---have heard of Keillor, I am certain many of you in our audience today are familiar with him and his wonderful work. Interestingly enough, in describing the creation of “A Prairie Home Companion”, Keillor claims:

    “I had no idea of what I was doing.”

    Later, in that same interview, when asked about the influence of his parents, Keillor’s response was simple:

    “My mother is saying, ‘Be careful.’ My dad is saying, ‘What are you waiting for?”

    Be Careful.

    What are you waiting for?

    Well, Class of 2016, I offer the same advice to you now...And, as I am the proud father of five, I will ask the question that a fellow dad, Mr. Keillor asks…

    What are you waiting for?

    Please allow me to elaborate--just briefly---as I know you are all eager to be on your way today…

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  • The Extra 1%

    "The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence, but oft by falling..."

    ---Lucretius, Roman Philosopher (c. 50 B.C.)


    In her presentation earlier this week at our Alumni Forum, U.S. Women's World Cup Champion and Head Soccer Coach, Jill Ellis, spoke eloquently regarding leadership, the importance of preparation, and the power of failure. In her remarks, Ellis clearly stated a formula for her team's success at last year's World Cup, noting that one of the key ingredients for that success was the simple increase of performance by 1% in each of the designated areas of measurement. In short, by pushing these elite athletes to increase their overall output by a seemingly small 1% in various areas of training and preparation, the cumulative effect would obviously be more than 1%, and, ultimately, would be the difference between victory or defeat on the field.

    Well, as we know by now, Ellis's approach worked, and the U.S. Team went on to great glory and achievement, winning the World Cup and certainly stirring American pride during those exciting days of the summer. That particular team demonstrated superior conditioning, solid team play, and a "grittiness" in competition, setting the standard for future Women's Soccer teams.

    Throughout this busy and hectic week, Coach Ellis's words have resonated with me, and I have thought much about her formula for success--such a seemingly simple approach with such a powerful effect. In a similar vein, the recently published work, 212: The Extra Degree, authors Sam Parker and Mac Anderson denote the difference between boiling water and hot water---literally, one degree. As many of us already know, water begins to boil at 212 degrees, producing steam. Parker and Anderson further the notion that:

    "Raising the temperature of water by one extra degree means the difference between something that is simply very hot and something that generates enough force to power a machine--a beautiful, uncomplicated metaphor that ideally should feed our every endeavor--consistently pushing us to make the extra effort in every task we undertake...It reminds us that seemingly small things can make tremendous differences..."
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An independent, college preparatory, co-ed, Episcopal day school serving a community of students grades 6-12.