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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

Dr. Gene Batiste, Director of Community and Inclusion

Gene joined the St. John's community as the Director of Community and Inclusion in August 2017. For 13 years, Gene served as Vice President at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). He was a member of the faculty, grade level dean, Director of Multicultural Initiatives, and Director of the Dennard Visiting Scholars program at St. Mark’s School of Dallas from 1990 to 1999. Gene holds a B.S. in social sciences, summa cum laude, from Wiley College, an M.Ed. in secondary education from the University of North Texas, and an Ed.D. in educational and organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

Gene has been tasked with developing, advancing, measuring, and collaborating with all constituencies of the St. John’s community to ensure that the values and goals of diversity, inclusion, mutual respect, and cultural competency are fully implemented and adhered to at St. John’s.
    • Excerpt from SJS Strategic Plan, 2014

SJS 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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