4400 Panola Ave Fort Worth, TX 76103
Trinity Basin Preparatory (“TBP”) is a tuition-free open enrollment public charter school founded in 1998. Since opening its first Oak Cliff campus in 1999, TBP has expanded to provide a safe, disciplined learning environment for more than 3,150 students in grades Pre-K-3 through eight with five campuses in Oak Cliff and Fort Worth. The vision of Trinity Basin Preparatory is to provide an education in an environment specifically designed to meet the individual academic, physical, and emotional needs of its students.
TBP strives to provide a well-rounded and rigorous education to its students, focusing on the core academic areas of reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Expectations on TBP campuses are very high for students and faculty in order to foster an environment of achievement and success. TBP’s teachers understand the need to reach each individual student, regardless of any perceived learning barriers. At Trinity Basin Preparatory, the focus is on developing an individualized path to success, tailored to each individual child, and ensuring that every teacher, staff member, and administrator is dedicated to supporting the child’s progress.
The new TBP location will maintain its rigorous academic standards, as well as its various student/family support services. The school will offer the same free breakfast and reduced-price lunches ($0.40/lunch) that more than 90% of its existing 3,150 students take advantage of currently. The projected TBP enrollment will be comprised of 65% Hispanic and 32% African-American students, with approximately 80% of the students qualifying for free/reduced meal prices, according to Federal guidelines.
TBP participates in the Summer Feeding Program, whereby all of its campus sites, including the Panola site, serve meals to all needy children 18 years of age and under. This includes anyone under 18, not just TBP students and all meals are completely free to the children. Meals must meet meal pattern requirements and they are served to the children with adequate supervision.
Additionally, the Panola campus will be home to one of Travis Frederick’s Food Pantries. Travis, current center for the Dallas Cowboys, started a “Blocking Out Hunger” Foundation, which provides food to needy families. TBP has donated part of the Panola facility to serve as one of the pantries for the Foundation. The pantry is stocked up to once per week and the TBP staff helps ensure that the food is handed out to students and their families, ensuring that they have adequate nutrition over the weekends and holiday breaks.
In December of 2017, TBP hired Crescent to pursue NMTCs in conjunction with its overall financing plan for the new headquarters. Crescent worked to secure an investor commitment along with Federal NMTC allocation. In November of 2018, Crescent and CPD closed on $7.0M of Federal NMTCs provided by Raza Development Fund and $1.5M of Federal NMTCs provided by Capital One Community Renewal Fund, leveraging a NMTC equity investment made by Capital One Bank. The NMTC subsidy will give TBP the funds to complete phase 1 of its two phase campus plan, providing an estimated $1.6M in net subsidy that will allow the program to reach its capacity of 818 students and create 83 staff.