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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Why focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion?
Diversity in independent schools is an investment in a future where students are prepared to succeed in a diverse and changing world.

Studies show that organizations do much better when there is a culture of differences. Bringing together different personalities, beliefs, and experiences can help foster creativity and offer a range of perspectives and ideas.

This growth begins during a child’s K-8 education, when students can be supported and influenced as they develop into empathic, innovative problem solvers and passionate, purposeful global citizens.

Diversity Strategic Plan 2021-2024

Approved by the Board of Trustees June 2020

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION STATEMENT

Open Window School strives to admit and serve gifted students and their families who are representative of the diversity within the geographic area from which we can draw students. This includes families who have been traditionally under-represented in independent schools and gifted education programs.

Open Window School recognizes that diverse perspectives and backgrounds strengthen our school culture, educational program, and community. We are guided by the values of inclusivity and respect for others, which lead to richer interactions and broader understanding for all members of our community. Authentic learning occurs best in an environment that includes interactions with others who bring a diverse array of experiences and perspectives to the school. The exploration of these differences and exchange of perspectives in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment strengthens both academic and social-emotional learning and develops thoughtful and compassionate individuals.

We embrace both our commonalities and the complex range of differences that enrich our community. In accordance with its Diversity Commitment, Open Window welcomes families of all backgrounds to participate fully and equitably in the school community.

Diversity in Action

List of 6 items.

  • 2021-2022 Virtual Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series

    The collaboration of over 25 local area Independent Schools in the Virtual Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series was a huge success last year. Therefore, due to popular demand, the Series will continue for the 2021-2022 school year. The Virtual Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series offers our communities and beyond, the opportunity to connect, learn, and engage in topics in equity, inclusion, and antiracist education and action.
  • Community Book Reads

    Ain’t Burned All The Bright by Jason Reynolds, artwork by Jason Griffin
    The Making of Asian America, a History
     by Erika Lee
    So you Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
    Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
    This is How it Always Is
    by Laurie Frankel
    How To Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi

     
  • Staff BIPOC Affinity Group

    Staff who identify as BIPOC meet monthly, within the school hours, facilitated by the Diversity and Inclusion Director. This space is dedicated to foster the success and belonging of all our staff who identify as a person of color.
  • Student Groups

    Middle school students gather for community lunches.
    • Gender and Sexuality Alliance
    • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA)
  • Diversity Roundtable

    The Roundtable, chaired by the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, is an opportunity for parents and staff members to discuss topics relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion, continuing to transform our community into an inclusive environment where all individuals are valued for their talents and empowered to reach their fullest potential.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

    This Board Level Committee, supported by the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, studies and recommends strategies, policies, and practices that further the school's Diversity Commitment.

Our Diversity Commitment

At Open Window School, in furtherance of our mission and core values, we embrace both our commonalities and the complex range of differences that enrich our school. We are committed to building a community guided by the following questions:
 
Is it welcoming?
Is it inclusive?
Is it respectful?
Open Window parent/ guardians have identified the primary race of their child as follows:

40%
Asian
1%
Black/African American
5% Latino/Hispanic*
4%
Middle Eastern
32% White
17% Two or more races
6% Choose not to identify

* Students who identify their ethnicity as Latino/Hispanic are also included in their self-identified race category above. 
Open Window School provides a challenging academic curriculum blended with nurturing support from teachers that prepares students for long-term success.