Our Mission and Beliefs
Trinity Episcopal School's mission is to build confident, resilient upstanders on a foundation of academic excellence, moral responsibility, and faith who are prepared to make a positive difference in the world.
Over Sixty Years Educating and Forming Children
Trinity Episcopal School has its beginnings in Miss Edith Aiken's The Little School for Little Children, founded in 1917. Classes were conducted at her family home, Warwick Manor, located at 1223 Second Street in the Garden District. Miss Aiken believed in the goodness of people, the humanity of people, the godliness of people. She was a living embodiment of these ideals. Her students responded to her idealism and to her faith.
In 1958, Miss Aiken contacted Canon Turner at Trinity Church to suggest transferring her Little School to Trinity, which was four blocks away. Trinity Episcopal School opened its doors in 1960. Today, Trinity is a co-educational, Prekindergarten through Eighth Grade school of 350+ students. Trinity Episcopal School continues in the tradition of both Miss Aiken and that of Trinity Episcopal Church, which since its founding in 1847 has maintained a commitment to the educational and civic life of New Orleans.
Miss Aiken served as Headmistress the first year, and the succeeding Heads of School have been The Reverend Thomas N. F. Shaw (1961—75), The Reverend Charles Rodney Smith (1975—6), Mr. George David Hardman, Jr. (1976—81), Mr. Edward Pickett Cavin (1981—94), Mr. Julian Patrick Bull (1994-2001), The Reverend Dr. Michael C. Kuhn (2001—2014), and The Reverend E. Gary Taylor (2014-present).
Diversity and Inclusion at Trinity
As a ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church, Trinity School's ethos is to respect the dignity of every human being and to ensure that all people who serve and will be well- served by the program of our School are welcome in our community regardless of race, religion, background, gender, or sexual identity. We believe that a learning environment that includes a wide diversity of viewpoints consistent with the School's mission is essential to a complete educational experience. It is a part of Trinity's mission to activity build and support an inclusive environment in which all feel they are valued members of our community.
The annual Diversity Chapel at Trinity is an example of living into our Statement on Inclusion. In 2023 the guest speaker was our very own Ms. Juwanda Ford. Ms. Ford shared her journey as a writer and how her First Grade teacher always encouraged her to chase her dreams. Ms. Ford is a published author and her writing talent has been recognized by Scholastic. Thank you, Ms. Ford, for sharing your story and inspiring us to always follow our dreams.