Diversity & Goals
In K–8, we value our differences as well as our similarities. We acknowledge the differences among people around us—students, faculty and parents—and we celebrate them. Diversity enriches the School’s environment. We are committed to learning continually about the meaning of that diversity. That commitment brings a responsibility for steady attention to individual experiences, as well as to our curriculum, our admission work, and our day-to-day lives at school. Through many avenues, including open discussion, we partner with families to develop a community that strives to include everyone and build upon this history.
We aspire to:
- Explicitly develop respect for the many aspects of diversity, including race or ethnicity; socio-economic situations; religion; gender; national origins; family composition; sexual orientation; physical or psychological difference; and political affiliation.
- Help children broaden their view of others and themselves by ensuring that they encounter mirrors of their own background and experience, as well as windows of difference.
- Nurture a school culture that appreciates open-mindedness and awareness of commonalities and differences.
- Model and teach respect in thought, word and action.
- Enable students to experience, as well as understand and support the notion that ‘we are special’.
- Encourage students to active citizens of their school community and the broader community, questioning and countering various forms of prejudice.
K-8 action steps toward realizing our goals:
- Each K-8 teacher and administrator participates in leadership training on an ongoing basis
- The Student Counselor implements many programs with the students as well teaching life skills. Use of The 7 Habits
for Highly Effective Children and The 7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens strengthens our goals for diversity within the curriculum, across the K-8 section.