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.
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:
Seek to identify and address challenges and barriers (which may include fear, privilege, and lack of engagement) that the school faces in achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
Work effectively with the individual differences of groups with varying socioeconomic backgrounds and further focus on attracting and supporting socioeconomically diverse families.
Hire and Retain Diverse Staff
Develop and implement strategies to recruit and retain a diverse faculty and staff.
Develop and implement strategies to recruit, retain, and support diverse enrollment. This includes the existing identifying groups; age, ability/disability, ethnicity, family makeup, gender, linguistic difference, race, religion, sexual orientation, and those groups who have been historically underrepresented (Black, Latinx, and Native American), in independent schools and gifted programs.
Cultural Awareness and Multiculturalism
For the benefit of the whole community, continue to develop a welcoming, inclusive, and respectful environment by building cultural awareness and integrating multiculturalism into the curriculum and the school day.
The Virtual Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series is a collaboration of over 25 local area Independent Schools offering our communities and beyond the opportunity to connect, learn, and engage in topics in equity, inclusion, and antiracist education and action.
Open Window’s Board of Trustees has a standing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging committee comprised of trustees, administrators, parent/guardians, and representatives from the community beyond the school. The committee is dedicated to ensuring that DEIB is incorporated into institutional operations and strategy.
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.