Project Update September 23, 2012

Dear Parents and Friends,

A new school year is upon us!

We wish all of your children a safe, fun and informative year ahead.

As you might imagine, starting a new high school is not a simple task. However, the tremendous support from so many members of our emerging community has enabled us to communicate the following updates to you regarding the steps that have been taken – and will continue to occur – to open the doors of Trinity Hall.

The option of an all-girls high school education in Monmouth County is a reality and we look forward to executing the remaining steps required before opening day.

Trinity Hall Leadership

Over the last several months, the Board of Trustees has conducted a nationwide search for dynamic and inspiring leader to serve as Trinity Hall’s Founding Head of School. The Head of School will serve as the galvanizing leadership figure within the school and greater community, providing both internal and external executive leadership for Trinity Hall.

We are pleased to report that we continue to attract many talented individuals in our candidate pool including experienced school heads who have expressed interest in this position. Confidentiality has been requested by several candidates, which we respect. As we move to a conclusion, we look forward to sharing good news with you.

We would like to thank the many qualified candidates who applied and spent time speaking with us about this unique and exciting opportunity. We were overwhelmed by the amount of interest and support from so many fine educators and leaders.

Location

As many of you know, we have been working hard to secure a permanent home for Trinity Hall. We are working through several options in Lincroft, Middletown, Holmdel, Tinton Falls and beyond. While many of these options would be suitable for Trinity Hall, our search remains open.

However, as we have learned from several advisors who have lived through the process of starting a new school, the vision for Trinity Hall as a powerful, unique and long overdue opportunity for girls in Monmouth County is more important than its ultimate physical plant and exact location. A truly great school is an experience that is created by its leadership and faculty, and embraced by its students, families and greater community. That said, we recognize the importance of a safe, well-located campus with room to grow which is why we are putting so much effort into the campus acquisition. Our expectation is to share more detailed information on the location of Trinity Hall by mid-to-late October, once negotiations on a particular property are more concrete.

Admissions

To date, a significant number of families have expressed interest in 2013 enrollment at Trinity Hall in various ways. At this time, we are asking parents of 8th grade students to document interest in her 2013 enrollment at Trinity Hall by completing the ‘Declaration of Interest‘ online form. This is a non-binding pre-application process and the forms will be accepted throughout the winter months. Those families who have already completed a declaration of interest form should expect to hear from a Trinity Hall representative no later than mid-October with more information. The Founding Head of School and school leadership team will design and implement the student admission and enrollment process to begin late-Fall.

Advisory Board

Over the last several months, our team has grown in both numbers and expertise. We greatly value all of the time, energy, knowledge and pride that our volunteers and advisors are sharing to help make Trinity Hall a thriving reality. We are pleased to acknowledge the following trusted advisors who have been invaluable in the process of making Trinity Hall a reality:

 

Brother Frank Byrne, F.S.C.
President, Christian Brothers Academy; Lincroft

Jayne Carmody
Director of Lower School, RCDS; Rumson
Past President, Middle States Association

Father Kevin Gabriel Gillen, O.P.
Exec. Director of the Dominican Foundation; NYC

Sister Carol Ann Henry
Exec. Director, Mercy Center and Sisters Academy, Asbury Park

Charles Jones III
Director of Admission, RCDS; Rumson

James Palmieri
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Kent Place; Summit

 

Please stick with us as we continue to strive to fulfill our vision and deliver on Trinity Hall’s lofty and inspiring mission. As a single-gender school, Trinity Hall will establish an academic and social environment where students can take risks, discuss issues pertinent to young women, and develop a positive self-awareness. The all-girl environment creates a special, sister-like bond among students and a strong sense of community. Concurrently, while honoring a mission that honors the values of Roman Catholicism, Trinity Hall will assist in the spiritual, moral and integral formation of every student while maintaining high standards of academic excellence.

Lastly, while we are pleased with the capital formation to date, we will be expanding our development and fundraising campaign in the coming weeks and look forward to providing everyone in the community an opportunity to participate. We encourage you to play a role in the establishment of this long overdue educational option for our daughters and friends. In the meantime, please visit and direct others to our website for more information.

Most appreciatively,

Trinity Hall’s Board of Trustees

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students: Trinity Hall admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.