Diversity & Inclusivity
At the center of the St. Anne's-Belfield School 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 17 different countries, includes 25% students of color, and provides 40% 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.
We at St. Anne's-Belfield School believe that the transmission of knowledge, the encouragement of curiosity, the development of rational thought, and the cultivation of responsible, honorable behavior are the great ends of education. In asking students to master a specific body of knowledge, we seek not to impart knowledge alone, but to instill the lifelong habit of learning.
Although we expect our graduates to be prepared for the nation's finest colleges and universities, our true purpose is to create a challenging yet charitable atmosphere where students gain skills necessary for both creative and disciplined thought, where they have opportunities to achieve in athletic and artistic endeavors, where they understand their responsibility as a member of a community, and where high expectations for both their personal and intellectual lives are complemented by the School's commitment to nurturing students in the spiritual dimension of life.
Honor: We care most about the content of our students’ character.
Scholarship: We ask the hard questions, of ourselves and our society, and we seek knowledge and develop skills to find the answers.
Spirituality: We seek purpose in our lives, and actively encourage reflection on our actions and decisions.
Community: We are a close community, cultivating relationships and supporting each other.
Diversity: We celebrate the differences that enrich each of our lives, and share our unique talents and ideas.
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, 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.