The result of more than 18 months of community consultation, we are pleased to formally introduce The Strategic Plan for Trinity College School 2020-2026.

The hallmark of Trinity College School is our remarkable community, and any plan for our future will only be as strong and effective as the breadth of community voices it reflects. As with our two previous five-year strategic plans, our community of parents, students, employees, alumni and friends again answered the call with enthusiasm when asked for your insights and suggestions regarding the School’s future, demonstrating your great affection and care for the health and continuity of this nearly 155-year-old institution.

The backbone of this plan is founded in community consensus. You spoke and the School listened.

We were delighted by your supportive and encouraging feedback; overwhelmingly you felt that TCS was on a positive and progressive trajectory and that our mission of developing habits of the heart and mind for a life of purpose and service remains critical, possibly now more than at any time in our history. We were grateful for the pride you expressed in the significant progress made at the School over the past decade. And in celebrating that success, you also expressed the collective sentiment that the time was right to increase engagement with the people who comprise the TCS community, while also further enhancing our program and the place within which it is offered.

Woven into our six strategic goals – which fall into three distinct pillars of focus – you will recognize an overarching commitment to: our strong academic program, which prepares our students with competencies for a changing world; a boarding community which offers a structure and supports that benefit both our day and boarding students; and a living and learning space that is environmentally sensitive and sustainable for another 155 years.

The TCS Governing Body, chaired by Rick Byers ’78 P’08 ’10 ’12, initiated this planning process in 2018, and our board members’ guidance has been critical throughout. We look forward to the continued support of our governing body, under the leadership of new board chair David Thomas ’82 P’16, over the next several years. Special recognition must go to Dr. Elspeth Murray P’08 ’10, our planning facilitator, who worked to ensure this plan reflected the community’s collective vision; the strategic planning committee members, who guided this process with great insight and inclusiveness; and the School’s shared leadership team, who helped mold a plan reflective of both current realities and future challenges and opportunities, to benefit the young hearts and minds at TCS.

We encourage you to explore the goals outlined in our community’s plan for the future of the School. We are already moving forward with many of the more than 150 tactics required to achieve our goals and are committed to keeping you updated on our achievements. And we thank you for your continued interest and support, and for being a part of this planning process, which was truly a labour of love by, and for, the Trinity College School community.

Stuart K.C. Grainger