Dr. John Cooper, headmaster of TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, gave the report on TMI and its ministry to the 500+ families it serves. TMI is in its 120th year and reached its highest enrollment this past fall with 470 students in the 6th-12th grades.
This year, Cooper is focusing TMI on the Five Marks of Mission, developed by the national Episcopal Church, which include:
- To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
- To teach, baptize, nurture new believers
- To respond to human need by loving service
- To seek to transform unjust structures of society
- To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation
“We test our mission on every level – parish, diocese, and school,” said Cooper. “How does TMI live out each mark of mission?” Dr. Cooper delivered examples of each mark by highlighting student’s achievements.
TMI students go to chapel daily, led by the Rev. Nate Bostian, chaplain. TMI is a Christian school, but welcomes students of all faiths. Father Nate teaches various religious studies classes, which leads to the nurturing of new believers. TMI just recently hosted Happening #125 in August 2013. Patrick Wickham, student of TMI, served as rector.
The students that Cooper highlighted each have impressive achievements, including Susannah Wright, member of Christ Church, San Antonio, who is a national merit student finalist, which places her in the top ten percent of all students.
All TMI students perform community service each semester. TMI has an active chapter of Interact, the Rotary-sponsored youth program. In the annual “Adopt a Family” drive, students provide multiple items to families in need, and they deliver them in person. “Our goal is guide students to a life-long commitment to serving others,” said Cooper.
“Our greatest task is to equip our students intellectually, morally, and spiritually for the next chapters in their lives,” said Cooper, as he explained the new courses that TMI offers. TMI is also using cutting-edge technology to enhance students’ learning and engagement. In May of 2013, the graduating class of TMI was 100 percent college-bound.
Last year over 300 students participated in 20+ earth-friendly projects, including paving a new nature trail and planting trees. “This allows us to take ownership of our campus,” said Cooper. “With our goal to reflect these 5 Marks of Mission, we have room for improvement, and we welcome that challenge to make TMI a better place year after year.”