Trinity plans $4.4 million expansion
Trinity Collegiate School plans to break ground in the spring of 2021 on a $4.4 million campus expansion. The plans include an international student dormitory, an auxiliary gymnasium, and an academic classroom building.
The first phase of the campus expansion will be the dormitory, with a projected cost of $1.2 million. The building will house 32 students in an 8,560 square-foot building. The dormitory will feature two wings off a common area with eight two-person student dorm rooms on each wing. Each wing will also provide a resident area for faculty house supervisors. An outdoor patio, a common area, and kitchen are also planned as part of the overall dormitory facility footprint.
“The dorm, by far, is going to be the most exciting part of the project,” said Head of School Ed Hoffman. “Facility expansion is a major component of the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan and is critical to the school’s continued growth and success of the school.”
Since arriving at Trinity Collegiate School in 2011, Hoffman has traveled extensively overseas to build relationships in order to advance the school’s international program. The school currently enrolls 21 international students from China, Korea, Vietnam, France, Lithuania, Turkey, Ireland, and Canada. In past years the school has also hosted students from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Germany, and Italy.
Trinity’s overall enrollment stands at 353, highest in the school’s 25-year history.
“Trinity Collegiate is a unique regional independent school that attracts students from throughout the Pee Dee region and internationally,” said Director of Admissions April Munn. “More than 10 percent of our students are from outside of Florence, Darlington and Hartsville and 58 percent of our high school students were previously enrolled in public school.”
In addition to the international dormitory, the expansion project includes an additional 22,000 square foot auxiliary gymnasium and classroom building. The proposed timeline has the international dormitory operational within six months of the ground breaking.