To the Editor,
We are amazed and inspired at the true grit and spirited energy of the leadership class at Trinity Hall. These 30 young women took an intellectual risk to be part of history as the first all-girls school in our area in decades. Not only are these students committed to helping build their new school, they are eager to become responsible citizens by positively contributing to their community while working hard to prepare for university and beyond. Not an easy decision, but certainly a courageous one for a fourteen-year old girl. Each Trinity Hall student, including our daughter, is there not because their parents made them attend, but because they chose to go. Trinity Hall founders and faculty continue to help these trailblazers by offering them this unique educational opportunity, and as of today, these girls have yet to step through the front doors of what will be their permanent high school home. That’s faith, perseverance, pride, resilience, courage, service, and leadership all wrapped into one. This is the essence of who these future leaders will become.
Each family’s decision on how they choose to educate their children is a personal one. It is important that we respect each other’s decision. Just because one school is not a fit for your child does not mean it isn’t a perfect fit for someone else’s. There are many schools to choose from in our area, but there has not been an all-girls high school for decades. In contrast, young men have had this opportunity for over 50 years. Why has there been this omission in our community for so long?
Establishing a relatively small school in a rural neighborhood has been achieved in many towns in our region. This is not a novel idea. In New Jersey, The Stuart Country Day School in Princeton, The Oak Knoll School of The Holy Child and The Kent Place School both in Summit, have been successfully integrated into their respective communities for many years. Other examples are Miss Porter’s in Connecticut, and the several single-sex schools in suburban Philadelphia including Agnes Irwin and The Baldwin School. We encourage people to visit these schools or their websites to understand the context and perspective of Trinity Hall’s mission.
Trinity Hall has already demonstrated the qualities of a good neighbor at their Croydon Hall location. They are conscientious by keeping the campus well maintained and safe. In addition to many service projects, the young women have reached out to their neighbors at the Senior Center throughout the year including an exclusive performance of the first Trinity Hall Christmas Revue during the Holidays. Trinity Hall will be just as thoughtful and engaging to their neighbors on Chapel Hill.
We need to allow these young women to have this unique educational opportunity on Chapel Hill Road by showing our support and encouraging them. We need to inform and educate those who put up roadblocks. We need to provide all of our children the necessary tools to reach their full potential as students and citizens no matter what school they choose to attend. We need as a community and as a country to open our minds and hearts to ensure all of our students receive an education specific to each child that allows them to succeed and prosper.
It’s time to give our daughters the same, long overdue, equal educational opportunity that our sons have had in our community for a very long time.
Elizabeth and David Scott
Trinity Hall Parents ‘17