ON THE MOVE
LETTER FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL
From The Head of School
As a school community, Trinity Academy has much to celebrate. God has once again
demonstrated His steadfast love and kindness to us. By His grace, we are focused
and on the move. The facts and figures contained in this Annual Report testify to the
financial and programmatic health of our school, but they do not tell the whole story.
We know the work most worthy of celebration is that which the Lord accomplishes in
the lives of individual students and families. Therefore, we have included stories about
our alumni and Trinity’s impact on them as they now engage the culture. Don’t miss the
teacher story that is representative of the amazing men and women who daily partner
with your family to train a generation that will Transform Tomorrow! In the pages that
follow, we rejoice in Trinity’s mission and its real-life implications.
Even as we celebrate, there is much work for us to do. Outstretched before us are
remarkable possibilities that rise or fall by the level of engagement in our school
community. I would love to see 100% of our families contribute to the Trinity Fund – no
matter the size of the gift – because I have seen so clearly what this fund enables: programs,
curriculum, and technology are enhanced and the educational experience of Trinity’s
students becomes more vibrant with every gift. In the months ahead, your contributions to
the Trinity Fund will accelerate our progress in the design and development of an elegant,
versatile, and attainable academic building. We have been dreaming for long enough. It is
time for this to happen, but it will take all of us to make it so.
I am deeply honored to serve as your Head of School and am thrilled to walk this journey
with you. This Annual Report tells you where we are. Now, let’s get where we are going.
Dr. Timothy Bridges
Head of School
At Trinity, our vision is to shape future generations with culture transforming, Christian, worldview thinking.
We do that intentionally by starting with the end in mind – determining the skills, knowledge and virtues we
want a Trinity graduate to possess so they can make a profound difference in the world into which they emerge
and the world that emerges over the course of their lives. As we equip students with wisdom, we are careful not
to tell our students what to think, but to teach them how to think. But we don’t stop there because without the
ability to communicate effectively and persuasively, wisdom only benefits the possessor.
In Paul’s letter to the Romans he urged his readers not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed
through the renewing of their minds. If we internalize that message for Trinity Academy, we believe our
students can be transformed through our rigorous approach to Innovative Classical Learning and simultaneously
become transforming influencers in their world… very effective education, indeed.
As you will see in the pages that follow, Trinity Academy graduates are “thinking Christians” who possess the
skills employers want and the truth the world needs. They were nurtured and challenged at Trinity and now are
on the move in the world in which they find themselves. Be encouraged by their stories.
OUR FIVE PILLARS
MEET GARRETT & KAILEN
Josie Sawyer (Academic Excellence)
MEET JOSIE SAWYER ‘05
College: Furman ‘09
Post-Graduate: UNC-Chapel Hill, M.A. in Social Work ‘13
Current Employment: Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist for
The Lucy Daniels Center and Private Practice
Three Words to Describe Trinity: Relational, Holistic, Christ-centered
Fun Fact: Josie’s been hang-gliding off the side of the Swiss Alps
Josie’s family recognized a need for there to be a base of faith in her education. Because Josie was
hungry to learn and find the answers to life’s questions, Trinity was the perfect fit. Throughout her
time at Trinity, teachers came alongside Josie personally—caring more about the person she was
becoming than the grades she was receiving. She excelled on the stage, participating in theatre and
learning to find her voice beside peers who continue to be a vital part of her intimate community.
After graduating from Furman University for undergrad and UNC-Chapel Hill for graduate
school, Josie now works for a nonprofit providing mental health counseling to children and their
families. She also recently opened her own private practice to continue reaching people with a
range of mental health concerns. On a daily basis, Josie encounters ideas that differ from her own
and challenge her faith. But because of her Trinity education, she engages with these ideas rather
than shying away from them. Josie continues to pursue truth and now helps others find the answers
to life’s questions due to a faith that was nurtured during her time at Trinity Academy.
Hear more of Josie’s story at vimeo.com/301014177.
“Trinity encourages a depth of spiritual understanding in its students that’s
unlike anything I’ve encountered since. We were challenged to wrestle with
ideas, given safe space to ask questions about our faith and taught what it
means to walk with Christ through the example of staff and teachers.
Alex Yager (Curricular Athletics)
MEET ALEX YAGER ’13
College: UNC-Chapel Hill ‘17
Current Employment: Virtual Sales Account Manager for Cisco Systems
Three Words to Describe Trinity: Growth, Challenging, Classical
Favorite Class at Trinity: Philosophy
Trinity helped Alex learn to think deeply through what he believed.
His favorite class was Philosophy, and he discovered in college that
most high school students aren’t blessed with the opportunity to
take classes like Logic or Rhetoric. He is increasingly grateful for
the quality of his Trinity education and the way he was challenged
both in the classroom and on the sports field. Alex was afforded
the opportunity to lead through baseball, basketball and the Honor
Council. All of these experiences equipped him to continue to
develop as an effective leader at UNC-CH on the JV basketball
team and as a bible study leader. Now, he carries those skills into
his workplace, his community and into married life.
Trinity pushes people to grow and gives people the
opportunity to learn what being part of a team is all about.
Stephanie Knudsen (Spiritual Formation)
MEET STEPHANIE KNUDSEN, 1ST GRADE TEACHER AND ALUMNI PARENT ‘12
College: Old Dominion University, Regent University
Major: B.S. Political Science, M. Education K-12
Three Words to Describe Trinity: Community, Rigor, Deliberate
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Not until Stephanie found Trinity did she find what she was searching for as
a teacher and as a mom. Over the last 15 years, Stephanie has seen the value
of a Trinity education for her daughter and for her first-grade students. The
rigor of a Trinity education is balanced with relationships that help students
know they are loved, allowing kids to take in what she teaches them even
when it requires tough conversations. Stephanie wants her kids to love the
things she loves, and she comes alongside them in their excitement to learn
about ancient cultures and activities that give them a glimpse into others’
lives. Through Trinity’s Innovative Classical Learning model, Stephanie
uses four distinct methods of instruction that help students become lifelong
learners inside and outside the classroom. She loves seeing her students
walk out the path that God has designed for each one of them.
Hear more of Stephanie’s story at vimeo.com/301015440.
MEET CAMILLE KNUDSEN ‘12
College: UNC-G ‘16
Major: Art History
Honors: Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
and International Honor’s College
Study Abroad: South Korea
Post-Graduate: Johns Hopkins University,
Master of Arts in Museum Studies
Spiritual formation is a big part of what happens here. Proverbs 22:6
tells us to train a child in the way he should go because when he is
old he will not depart from it. I think that we are giving our children
a firm foundation in what it means to live a life that’s pleasing to
God. Only the Holy Spirit can open a person’s heart to Christ, but
we’re providing a place that is fertile for spiritual growth. I love that
I can share my first grade appropriate concerns with my class and
also share how I see God answering those prayers. Because we
talk about who the children really are – children of God – they can
learn of their inherent value and purpose.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION AT TRINITY
“EXCELLENT EDUCATORS AT TRINITY
Trinity has allowed me to continue to grow as an educator. Our
connection to The Society for Classical Learning has given me
opportunities to deepen my understanding of classical pedagogy and
philosophy. Through Trinity Academy, I’ve been given specialized
training in the Riggs Method of phonics instruction, which has made
me a better teacher of reading. Our purposeful teacher-in-service
events have given me an opportunity to explore our upper school
curriculum, consider and act on how race and ethnicity impact
our work here and to think about how to form the affections of our
students. It’s wonderful to have a true learning community where
colleagues pursue deep thinking and excellence.
Josef Simme (Christ-Like Community)
MEET JOSEF SIMME ‘14
College: Roanoke College ‘18
Current Employment: Environmental Compliance Specialist for FEMA
Three Words to Describe Trinity: Difficult, Rewarding, Empowering
Josef Simme has always loved wildlife and the outdoors. While at
Trinity, Joe was able to play on multiple sports teams, connect deeply
with his class and grow academically and spiritually. He remembers he
was continually pushed intellectually, in his public speaking skills and
in his ability to communicate his opinions persuasively and effectively.
Joe attended Roanoke College where he played basketball and was
involved in student research that included two study abroad programs
in India and Australia. Nurtured by Trinity, Joe was prepared for the
rigor of Roanoke College and is now pursuing his childhood passions
as an Environmental Compliance Specialist with FEMA.
Hear more of Josef’s story at vimeo.com/300601759.
Trinity gave me a motivation to do my best and
make a positive impact on the world in Jesus’ name.
GARRETT & KAILEN ZORZI’S STORY
Garrett and Kailen Zorzi (Thriving Future)
MEET KAILEN ZORZI ‘ 14
College: Elon University ‘18
Current Employment: : Assurance Associate for RSM LLP
Three Words to Describe Trinity: Faith, Community, Transformative
Study Abroad: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, France and London
MEET GARRETT GOOLSBY ZORZI ‘14
College: University of Kentucky ‘18
Major: Integrated Strategic Communications
Current Employer: Content Writer for TriMark Digital
Three Words to Describe Trinity: Family, Kind, Home
Fun Fact: Two-time Homecoming Coordinator for the UK student body of 30K+
Both Kailen and Garrett credit Trinity for preparing them well for their futures while building
a firm foundation of faith. They both acknowledge that classroom work in college came easier
due to the academic rigor of Trinity. Public speaking, effective writing, articulating opinions
thoughtfully and defending their faith are skills they will forever carry with them and ones that
have given them a leg up in the professional world. But probably the greatest gift Trinity gave
them was one another. The now married couple lives in Raleigh, and they are both thriving in
their early careers and life together.
“Whether applying to jobs, fellowships, study abroad
opportunities or leadership positions, the ability to think
critically has been what stands out from my Trinity
education and has given me the ability to succeed. -Kailen
ANNUAL FUNDRAISING 2017-18: $423,350
THE TRINITY FUND
- The Trinity Fund
- Spring Fling Silent
Auction & Raffle
- Second Empire 5K
- Camp Trinity Love Local
- Brick Campaign**
Exceptional Evening 2017
Trinity Fund Restricted Gifts***
Trinity Fund Year End Gifts
Trinity Fund General Gifts
Feed the Hunger – Love Global
Give Back Program
*Covers the cost of the event
** Legacy Scholarship Fund (alumni children) ***Technology, Athletics, Tuition Assistance, Fine Arts, etc.
THE TRINITY FUND – WHY YOUR PARTICIPATION MATTERS
When you participate in the Trinity Fund, you are supporting Trinity’s growth. The Trinity Fund is directly tied to our strategic
plan. A portion of the Trinity Fund is used to fund our operations budget (OPS — see bar graph below allowing us to continue
to offer the quality educational experience we currently have in a fiscally responsible manner. But the rest is channeled into
funding specific efforts that fall under the Strategic Plan.
That is why we are asking our entire community to consider giving to the Trinity Fund annually. It will help us to continue
to meet our annual operating and strategic needs, while also launching a successful Capital Campaign. On average, our
participation rate is 50%. It is important to know that foundations, grants and lending institutions look very closely at constituent
participation when determining their involvement in capital campaigns. That is a key reason why your participation matters and
why we are asking you to help us reach 100% participation for the 2018–19 Trinity Fund. When more families and individuals
participate, the load is shared, allowing others outside our community to help fund our growth.
TRINITY FUND NUMBERS BY YEAR:
2017-18 2018-19 YTD
44% AS OF 11/1/18
WHERE DID YOUR TRINITY FUND DOLLARS GO?
$150K towards the annual operating budget - that’s $150K that didn’t have to be
covered by tuition increases.
Infrastructure - new Upper School lockers, new Upper School choir classroom chairs
with pull out desks in the arm which allows the room to be used for English and the
20+ new students in Upper School. Plus all new decking and support beams for Upper
and Lower School cottages!
iLab creation – filled all day, each day with classes ranging from LEGO Robotics to
Digital Photography and Yearbook.
A new mini-bus for use with our growing Athletics program and our new Tri-TAC
Conference which requires further travel for games.
Back flow preventer box – a necessary infrastructure repair that now has our campus
ready for additional expansion and growth.
Overflow parking area – one of our biggest challenges has been addressed with
grading and seeding to make it useable for a higher percentage of the time,
regardless of weather.
Performing Arts program - we purchased microphones and more for the arts. New
federal regulations for privatizing certain bandwidths would have rendered current
Trinity equipment unusable. This purchase acquired high quality amplification for
Trinity that will last us well into the future.
Safety - committed to a School Resource Officer being on campus every day. We also
invested in walkie talkies for each Lower School classroom to make sure they can
communicate when out on the playground or somewhere else on campus in the
event of an emergency.
Communications, Communications, Communications – creation and printing
of Admissions brochure/packet, 2017 Year in Review and the 2017 Annual Report
with videos. We partnered with Angel Oak Creative to create a refreshed website, a
communications strategy and plan and a revamping of our Corporate Champions
program — contributing to Trinity’s Highest enrollment total in our history: 415 students!
#1 on our list of the top 10 ways we invested your 2017-18 Trinity Fund dollars…
drum roll please. We engaged a highly reputable consulting group in our national
search for our next leader, and the result was: Hiring our fabulous NEW Head of
School, Dr. Timothy Bridges.
REVENUE AND EXPENSES - $4.8 M BUDGET
2018-19 Budgeted Numbers
- Tuition and Fees
- Additional Sources
*Camp Trinity/Extended Learning, Corporate Champions and Facility Rentals
2018-19 Budgeted Numbers
- Salary and Benefits
- Debt Service
- Health Insurance
THE OPERATING BUDGET AND TUITION
Tuition revenue currently covers 93% of the cost to educate our students. National independent school
associations state that 90% and above is a solid indicator of fiscal health. There are two ways to fund the other
7% it takes to run Trinity Academy: 1) raise tuition rates to the level they need to be in order to cover 100% of
educational expenses, or 2) use a combination of donations and alternative sources of revenue to make up the
difference and relieve the pressure on tuition levels.
Trinity’s leadership is committed to continuing our work to boost enrollment, build a consistent culture of
annual giving and seek alternative sources of funding, with the goal of keeping annual tuition increases low and
continuing to provide a superior Trinity education.
CAMP TRINITY/EXTENDED LEARNING (EL)
NET PROFIT 2017-18
Over 600* participants served across all 14 programs.
*If students participate in more than one program, they will be counted more than once.
EL After-School Programs
EL Private Music Lessons & Orchestra
Camp Trinity Summer Camps
Camp Trinity Donations
Total Net Profit 2017-18 = $95,190
A WORD ABOUT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
There are many misconceptions about Tuition Assistance or “financial aid,” as it is sometimes called. Tuition
Assistance is neither counted as revenue or as an expense. In essence, it represents a tuition discount
recommended by a third-party organization, FACTS Grant and Aid, based upon a family’s demonstrated need.
2014-15 191 168 359
2015-16 207 168 375
2016-17 204 177 381
2017-18 200 186 386
2018-19 210 205 415
DID YOU KNOW?
• Those who receive Tuition Assistance contribute more
than $700,000 in tuition, revenue the school would
not have without these families at Trinity. This revenue
lowers tuition for all families as most major expenses
are fixed and don’t fluctuate per student.
• Tuition Assistance helps contribute to a more robust
culture and program at Trinity Academy by increasing
enrollment and tuition revenue without resulting in a
significant increase to expenses.
• Tuition Assistance can help those who may be in
a temporary situation where assistance is needed,
allowing their child(ren) to begin or to remain at Trinity
until they no longer require Tuition Assistance.
GIVING FUELS ATHLETICS
GIVING TO CORPORATE
2014-15 $38,700 11
2015-16 $44,500 12
2016-17 $58,000 13
2017-18 $90,000 14
2018-19 $97,500 15
Trinity’s Corporate Champions Program is one of the
primary sources of funding for Trinity Academy’s
Athletic program. Over the last five years, the
investment by our partners increased tremendously.
2017-2018 ATHLETICS EXPENSES
Coaching Salaries $58,012
Athletic Trainer/Sports Medicine $16,368
Field/Facility Maintenance and
Membership Fees $6,956
Off-site Facility Rental $1,366
GRAND TOTAL $137,578
The Trinity Tigers fielded 26 athletic teams
and employed 44 paid coaching positions.
ON THE MOVE
ON THE MOVE
A LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
As I look back on this year, I am filled with gratitude for all that God has
accomplished at Trinity Academy. It was a year of transition, yet at the same time
a year of tremendous growth as a school community. On behalf of the Board
of Directors, I want to express my deepest appreciation for your support as we
conducted a thorough and extensive search for our next Head of School. Under the
leadership of Dr. Tim Bridges, we are poised to do remarkable things as a school.
We are on the move developing plans for campus infrastructure – plans that will
become reality when every member of the Trinity Academy community is engaged.
After a prayerful and concentrated process, we are delighted to announce our partnership with Design
Development Architects to produce a comprehensive master plan for Trinity’s campus and the design for our
first academic building. Your gifts to the Trinity Fund during the 2018 Exceptional Evening, have secured their
expert services. Thank you! In the days ahead, Design Development will be entreating your involvement in a
process whose end-result will be a comprehensive long-term strategy that is elegant, versatile and attainable.
The fuel for the design process is the Trinity Fund. I cannot stress enough how vitally important your
contributions are to the continued development of our school. Your participation, at any level, helps fill the
tank. We will accomplish all of our goals when we all fully engage to support this effort.
I am honored to serve on your Board of Directors.
Matthew A. Young
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Matt Young, Chairman
Samantha Kilpatrick, Vice Chair
Mark Slaga, Finance Chair
Dr. David Horner
ON THE MOVE
MOMENTUM IN CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLANNING
A NOTE FROM DESIGN DEVELOPMENT’S FOUNDER
We are happy and excited to partner with Trinity Academy on the campus master plan and the design of the
first permanent academic building. Trinity Academy has a vibrant constituency — students, teachers, parents,
grandparents and leadership. We already feel a strong tie to the Trinity community. Our goal is to be good
stewards of all the Lord has provided and to design facilities that express the mission and the vision of Trinity.
We are eager to see how the Lord leads in this process.
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared
for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Principal and CEO, AIA
MASTER PLAN [noun]
“a method worked out in advance for achieving some objective”
American Heritage Dictionary:
“a plan giving comprehensive guidance or instruction”
Collins English Dictionary
“a comprehensive long-term strategy”
Jim Sherrer, Principal, CEO, AIA
Tom Wells, Principal, AIA, pictured with
Dr. Tim Bridges, Trinity Academy Head of School
Cover Photo By: Kathy Terrell
Page 3 & 15 Photos By: Fran Dickenson
THANK YOU TO OUR 2018-19 CORPORATE CHAMPIONS
SILVER GOLD PLATINUM
WILLIAMS & DAILY
Spectrum Infusion Southern Cross HMD Development, Inc.
Together, We Transform Tomorrow
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