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Community and Inclusion

Statement on Community and Inclusion:

Every member of the St. John’s community will be known and loved. In accordance with that idea, our Mission Statement, and the Precepts and Principles of the St. John’s School, care is the School’s cardinal virtue, and we sustain a caring and welcoming culture for all.

In our community, we celebrate, promote, and appreciate the differences and similarities of our experiences. For us, community means respecting differences in ability, age, ethnicity, gender identity, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and thought. Our community is dynamic and ever changing.

Respecting these differences is not enough, though, and we ensure an environment in which everyone can feel comfortable, heard, and included. We value inclusion because it makes us all stronger as a community. A diversity of worldviews challenges us to consider other points of view and is essential to a full education and the development of well-rounded future leaders.

To promote these values, we will ensure cultural intelligence and proficiency for all members of our community. We:
  • Incorporate cultural proficiency, diversity, global awareness, and inclusivity into all facets of the K-12 curricula and co-curricular activities.
  • Create opportunities for board, faculty, staff, student, and parent development and community education initiatives in these areas.
  • Ensure broad representation among students, faculty, staff, and administrators through recruitment and retention of candidates from underrepresented groups.
  • Challenge ourselves to continually reevaluate curricula, policies, and practices to ensure that we continue to grow and welcome all voices.

St. John’s only fulfills its mission when all community members feel included, safe, and empowered to fully participate in all aspects of community life.

Unanimously Approved by the St. John's School Board of Trustees on September 8, 2018

Strategic Plan for Community and Inclusion

Overarching Goal #1
  1. Continue to refine faculty advisor program within context of each division to ensure that every student is “known and loved.”
  2. Continue to develop and refine social and emotional learning programs/curriculum across all three divisions that reinforce and emphasize for students the St. John’s cardinal precepts of care.
Overarching Goal #2
  1. Realign admission office personnel to allow greater outreach and access to those communities and families who might otherwise not consider St. John’s as a viable education option.
  2. Develop new tools and strategies to improve hiring and search processes for faculty and staff of color and those from underrepresented groups including building relationships between St. John’s community an local, regional and national networks and organizations representing diverse constituencies.
Overarching Goal #3
  1. Define a St. John’s theoretical framework for multicultural education and distribute this framework to our community, explaining why we are valuing these goals.
  2. Continue to develop and embed intellectual inquiry that will ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion are foundational aspects of our educational program
  3. Continue to make the assessment of multi-cultural education teaching and learning a vital component of the school’s curricular and co-curricular audit program. Catalog specific recommendations related to cultural awareness and inclusivity and develop specific action programs to address those issues, and continue to test progress in these areas during the comprehensive audit programs.
  4. Continue to support curriculum development and teaching to ensure it reflects a diverse range of experiences and includes a range of materials and viewpoints that represent a variety of viewpoints and peoples.

Metrics and Reporting
We are committed to holding ourselves accountable for achieving progress under this Board approved strategic plan for Community and Inclusion. To that end, we will track—over time—metrics that represent important factors in measuring and calibrating progress related to these written goals and objectives. The standing committee of the Board of Trustees dealing with issues related to Community and Inclusion will monitor the progress and implementation of this plan and serve as the formal report body to the larger Board of Trustees. In addition, we are committed to writing and publishing an annual report to our community which will provide specific updates on our progress. Finally, major progress will be evaluated at the end of a five year and ten year period with the entire community participating in the NAIS Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) and benchmarking the degree of our progress against our ultimate goal of becoming an exemplary school on issues related to community and inclusion. A St. John’s Community and Inclusion audit will be added in a regular rotation of curricular audits that the school administers.

Non-Discrimination Policy:

St. John's School seeks to attract qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds to its student body. Consequently, the School does not discriminate in admission or educational program versus any individual on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religion, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

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