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.
As evidenced through the 2015 - 2016 Board of Trustees Agenda and Head of School charges, moving forward we will continue to pursue these institutional priorities to cultivate the highest standards of citizenship through our community. These charges read, respectively:
- To develop a philosophy statement articulating the School’s commitment to sustaining a diverse, inclusive community; to adopt policies that facilitate the realization of this philosophy; and to ensure there are necessary resources to turn these policies into practice.
- To ensure that the School realizes its commitment to creating a diverse faculty and student body, leverages the differences within our community to prepare our students for living and leading in a multicultural society, and ensures its programs and practices are inclusive.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.