Diversity & Inclusivity

Statement

The St. Anne’s-Belfield School community is united in its commitment to diversity and inclusion, both as a moral imperative and an essential part of our educational promise, for we know that the most enduring teaching and learning happens in an environment where everyone—student, teacher, staff member, parent, alumnus/a, and friend of the School—feels safe, valued and known. We believe our students will live their most fulfilling, rewarding, and purposeful lives when they include everyone equitably in any endeavor and embrace difference as an opportunity to learn, grow, and improve the human condition for all. We expect our students will leave us eager to learn about and from the uniqueness of others, to recognize our commonalities, and to have the courage and skills to speak out against actions that compromise anyone’s human dignity.

The Board of Trustees unanimously endorses this statement, charges the Head of School to ensure its full realization, and expects all community members to champion this commitment to diversity and inclusion at St. Anne’s-Belfield School.

Background

At the center of the St. Anne's-Belfield experience is the development and nurturing of an inclusive community based on respect. In every aspect of our program we cultivate ethical, exemplary, and engaged citizenship in all of our community members and create an environment in which differences in various forms are honored, supported, and celebrated. Ours is an increasingly diverse School community that incorporates students from 19 different countries, includes 29% students of color, and provides 41% of students with financial aid.

In our Strategic Plan launched in 2011, and subsequent work, St. Anne's-Belfield School has committed to “prepare our students to appreciate other cultures and lead in a multicultural world” and “more deliberately foster an ethos of inclusivity, integrity, civility, compassion and kindness in an effort to cultivate the highest standards of citizenship through our community.”

We have made significant strides through curricular and co-curricular initiatives involving students, teachers, parents, and our Board of Trustees to broaden our community and foster a greater sense of inclusivity in all of our members. Some highlights of our work include:

    • Our curriculum seeks to prepare students for 21st century citizenship through adopting a more global and inclusive perspective in pedagogy and content.
    • Our teachers utilize the Responsive Classroom approach to education, which focuses on community building and incorporating social/emotional learning while creating a sense of belonging in the classroom and School across all subject areas.
    • Our Honor Code is founded on a legacy of excellence in character and integrity, which creates a respectful, welcoming environment for all students.
    • Our Life skills classes from grades seven through ten help students confront prejudices in myriad forms, and learn effective strategies to work through and beyond them.
    • Our Upper School Race and Gender course, taught during our Intensives period, offers students the opportunity to dive deep into conversations during the three weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break.
    • Our weekly Chapel services provide a reflective and spiritual environment for all students representing a variety of faiths to reflect and share their personal stories when selected as speakers or as readers of selected passages.
    • Our Board of Trustees, Parents’ Association, and faculty focus on these issues at meetings, workshops, seminars, and professional development activities including the School’s Learn to Learn II, a week-long faculty development course held in July 2015.

To learn more about the St. Anne’s-Belfield School community, and to book your tour of the School today, please contact our Office of Admission at admission@stab.org.

St. Anne’s-Belfield School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational, admission, financial aid program, employment policies, or any other programs administered by the School.

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