Mission & Vision

Trinity Arch Prep is an intentionally small, private, independent school for boys. Our mission is to work with families in their sons’ moral, spiritual, physical, and academic development and education. Through the finest liberal arts education possible, every Trinity Arch Prep boy will emerge into a young man of integrity and courage trained to serve and lead in their community, the nation, and the world.


Christian Ethos

Faith, Brotherhood, Courage

These three foundational pillars distinguish us from most schools. They will influence everything we do as a school, from greeting our boys each morning with a handshake to our approach to learning through critical inquiry and exploring the world beyond our four walls. Our Christian Ethos is inclusive rather than exclusive. We want every boy to explore and understand the role of faith in daily living. We want every boy to build strong lifelong bonds with boys from all walks of life. And we want Trinity Arch Prep boys to demonstrate courage, daring to explore the world with a genuine sense of wonder and curiosity.

About Trinity Arch Prep

Trinity Arch Preparatory School for Boys is for boys ages 10-14. The school is founded and designed to bring together boys and their families from all racial and socio-economic backgrounds into one small community of learning.

As experienced educators, we seek to build a new kind of independent school for boys alongside Phoenix parents and families. Too many boys report that they love learning and yet struggle in traditional school settings. Trinity Arch Prep will be intentionally small, focused on the needs of boys, and a community based on the Christian faith, which is rooted in hope, love, and service to others. The school is open to staff, students, and families of all faiths.

Our partnership with families is unique. Trinity Arch Prep promises to be a school where your son will thrive as he will be encouraged (even challenged) to do his best every day and grow into an exceptional young man of character. While we will emphasize boys’ moral and spiritual development, Trinity Arch Prep is more than just a school. We care deeply about what kind of man your son will become and how well-prepared he will be for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

We believe partnership with our families is critical to the school’s success. Together with our teachers, tutors, and coaches, we will build a strong and diverse school community, underpinning our unique curriculum, forward-thinking daily school program, and student-centered, personalized approach to learning.

Choosing the right school for your son is a vital family decision. If you decide on Trinity Arch Prep, we make our most important promise:

You will see him grow in body, mind, and spirit, and he will find his gifts and passions for living a life of meaning and purpose.

Jack Johnson Pannell

Founder and Head of School
Arduus ad Solem


Founder and Leadership

Jack Johnson Pannell is the Head of School and Founder of Trinity Arch Prep. He is a nationally recognized leader, thinker, and writer about boys’ education. As the founder of a boys’ public charter school in Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Pannell gained national recognition for the results, where boys at Baltimore Collegiate consistently outscored Baltimore City students on state proficiency exams. Mr. Pannell is the recipient of the prestigious Aspen Pahara Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, where he is a moderator of Aspen Seminars for emerging leaders. Mr. Pannell also moderates Teen Socrates for the Aspen Institute. He also co-authored an award-winning coming-of-age novel entitled “Lunch Money Can’t Shoot.” Lastly, Mr. Pannell is engaged in global boys’ education matters as a North American International Boys’ School Coalition trustee. He was raised in the Baptist tradition in Dayton, Ohio, and received into the Episcopal Church over thirty years ago. Mr. Pannell is an Amherst College graduate with an A.B. degree in American Studies. He has a J.D. degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Mr. Pannell also has a certificate from the Harvard Business School Executive Education program in School Management and Leadership.

Listen to this podcast to learn more about Jack Pannell’s reflections on the challenges facing boys and men and why boys’ education will help many thrive and excel.

Dr. Phil Cummins joins the Trinity Arch Prep team as the director of education. Dr. Cummins is Managing Partner at a School for Tomorrow, Associate Professor of Education and Enterprise at Alphacrucis University College, Managing Director at CIRCLE – The Centre for Innovation, Research, Creativity, and Leadership in Education, and co-host of the Game Changers podcast. Dr. Cummins has been awarded distinguished Fellowships by the Royal Society of Arts, the Australian Council for Educational Leaders, and the Institute of Management and Leadership. Internationally recognized for his work in character education, educational strategy and leadership, future-fit curriculum, and indigenous education, Dr. Cummins has led an extensive global educational research program for the past decade, lectures annually at Oxford University, and is the author of over thirty books and numerous other publications on history, leadership, and education; in 2022 he co-authored Game Changers: Leading Today’s Learning For Tomorrow’s World for Hawker Brownlow Education. Dr. Cummins has a bachelor’s qualification in Law and History from the University of Sydney and was awarded his Ph.D. by the University of New South Wales.