Developing the Whole Child
A common question we hear from families who visit Trinity is, “What does it mean to be an Episcopal school?” The answer is not black and white, but is defined by what we see and — equally as powerful — by what we don’t see. Episcopal schools are communities whose missions integrate spiritual and human formation into all aspects of the educational experience. They were created to be models of God’s love and grace for people of all faiths and backgrounds. Our Episcopal Identity is the foundation for all we do and who we are. From our mission and core values to our unwavering commitment to inclusivity, we are dedicated to developing the whole child — mind, body and spirit. Matters of faith and community are not boxed into Chapel or religion classes. Rather, an invisible grace is infused into all aspects of school life. Our Episcopal identity is evident day in and day out. Some elements are visible while others may not be immediately noticeable.
Visible Elements of Episcopal Identity
- Daily Chapel with an emphasis on character education and spiritual growth.
- Our chaplain is present as a teacher, preacher, model and counselor for our entire school community: students, families, faculty and staff.
- Celebration of beloved school traditions grounded in Christian liturgy (Christmas pageant, Maundy Thursday, Flowering of the Cross).
- Celebration of many different faith traditions (Diwali, Hanukkah, Día de los Muertos and more).
- Religion classes beginning in Middle School.
- Integrated service learning program led by our chaplain.
- Summer service trip fostering deeper connections to the broader world.
Invisible Elements of Episcopal Identity
- A culture of active welcome, hospitality and genuine inclusion.
- Open and rigorous intellectual inquiry.
- The cultivation of each child’s spirit and personal integrity.
- A focus on forming a life, not just building a résumé.
- Intentionally strive to know and value all students and their families.
- A meaningful commitment to social action and responsibility.
Faith Expressed Freely
In keeping with our Episcopal legacy, we are an inclusive and engaged community that celebrates and values all students and their families. Whether through daily Chapel, intentional service-learning opportunities, or celebrating and exploring different faith traditions throughout the year, Trinity students gain understanding and grow stronger in their own faith.
Students balance reflection and prayer with action to deepen understanding of themselves and strengthen their ability to create change in their community and the world. Their faith is enriched both by outward service and inward reflection. Through service to others, our students explore social justice issues and their role in the local and global community. They volunteer with our local food bank, team up with Mobile Loaves and Fishes to prepare and deliver meals, mentor underserved children and work hand-in-hand with urban and rural communities, schools, and orphanages during service-learning trips in the summer.
Chapel is an important part of our shared life at Trinity. We value gathering as a community each morning to reflect on what it means to be children of God, be good people, act in service to others, and live out our individual faith traditions. We come together to support one another, strengthen our community, and learn about and reflect on how we can become the people God calls us to be. A spiritual and values-based life is explored on a daily basis. We pray for our own needs and those of others, count our many blessings, grieve and mourn losses, and celebrate successes and birthdays.
Our community celebrates two Chapel services each morning, one for Lower School students in grades K–4, and one for Middle School students in grades 5–8. All-School Chapel is held once a month, and there are many special Chapel services each year (Día de los Muertos, Maundy Thursday and Flowering of the Cross, to name a few). We celebrate Christmas each year with our Lower School Christmas Pageant and Middle School presentation of Lessons & Carols. All are warmly welcomed to join us for Chapel each day.
In the fall of 2017, the Rev. Canon Ken Malcolm joined Trinity as chaplain. His duties include leading daily worship, teaching religion classes, offering pastoral care and overseeing community outreach and service learning.