We are excited about the vision for the Innovation Gym as it will transform our Robotics and Engineering programs by providing larger more interactive space to create, build, test and compete. The Gym will come complete with a makerspace with movable furniture, cutting-edge tools and technology, and a state-of-the-art robotics field where students can bring their ideas to life. Classes that will benefit from this space include:
AP Capstone Research
The space will also accommodate relevant clubs and is large enough to host local, regional and state competitions such as the Innovation Games and Science Olympiad.
Holy Trinity’s Broadcast, Journalism and Graphic Design students will be able to stretch their creativity in approximately 2,000-square-feet of working space that will house the latest tools and technologies perfect for elevating our weekly news broadcast, student magazine and yearbook, as well allow for creative brainstorm sessions and cross curriculum group think.
That all depends on our school community and how quickly pledges (gift/financial commitments over 3-5 years) are committed. Best practice dictates that 80% of the campaign goal must be pledged before construction can begin to ensure the viability of the project.
We have spent the last five years concepting this building at a variety of sizes and specifications. We believe where we landed -- at a two-story, 30,000 square-foot structure with multi-purpose spaces and classrooms -- will best serve our growing needs while being fiscally responsible.
Our current classrooms average approximately 600-square-feet and do not provide optimum space for collaborative learning, experimentation, and for certain subjects to take flight. The new building will be a space worthy of the talent who will teach in it and will allow our teachers to expand their curriculum and their creativity.
Truth be told, all private institutions operate in a continual cycle of fundraising and capital campaigns. Expansion is necessary to keep us at the forefront of outcomes-based education, instruction and emerging curriculum while continuing to showcase the benefits of a whole child approach to learning. As a school of our caliber, the expectation is that we will constantly evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our global society, whether that means upgrading our technology and security systems, modernizing or building new facilities.
Holy Trinity signed a 20-year lease agreement with Holy Trinity Church for the use of the current Lower School facilities. This lease provides for an annual payment of only $1 (per year) for a term of 20 years. Although we DO own property on the Pineda campus that could accommodate the Lower School, the lease would need to be broken and a large donation of seed money committed to proceed in raising the additional funds required for a $30 million plus campus buildout.
Small class sizes are a hallmark of Holy Trinity. We are committed to maintaining very low student-teacher ratios to deliver our relationship-centered learning experiences and have no intention of changing that.
In reality, the Upper School has had only three major undertakings in its 22 years (two capital campaigns and one funded entirely by a single donor).
Conversely, we have spent 65 years expanding and enhancing the Lower School so that it is now a complete campus. There is no additional property to expand, however HT is committed to continuing to enhance and renovate the campus as needed.
Current renovation plans and a final addition of the IDEAS Institute will complete the core of the US campus.
Given Holy Trinity is a private/independent school with religious affiliation, we are not eligible for certain grants and large corporation dollars for a bricks and mortar building. We will however be looking to some businesses for programming advice and expertise, as well possible funding for technology and various tools and equipment relevant to their industry.
Not having the IDEAS Institute will not affect our mission to deliver an academically challenging curriculum, but it will hamper our ability to grow our program offerings as we are already at capacity. It is important to note that there is an expectation that a school of our ranking and prestige will continue to expand and improve to remain competitive.
We do not envision a scenario where that would happen. If the Board of Trustees approves moving forward with the new building, we will be well on our way to fundraising and planning for the building when the new President assumes the role. He/She will be asked to finalize our plans, not to change or abandon them. Certainly, over the next several years the new President will work with school leadership to help define a future vision for the school but that would only come on the heels of a completed new classroom building and strategic growth in our academic programs.
LOWER SCHOOL 1720 Peachtree St., Melbourne, FL 32901 P:321.723.8323
UPPER SCHOOL 5625 Holy Trinity Dr., Melbourne, FL 32940 P:321.723.8323