Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging


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:
Is it welcoming?
Is it inclusive?
Is it respectful?

Diversity Strategic Plan 2021-2024

Approved by the Board of Trustees June 2020

Diversity in Action

List of 4 items.

  • 2023-2024 Virtual Equity and Inclusion Speaker Series

    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.
  • Affinity Groups for Staff

    Open Window School supports 2 affinity groups for faculty and staff: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, & People of Color) and LGBTQ+. Groups meet monthly throughout the schoolyear.
  • Student Groups

    The middle school hosts two student groups: the Multicultural Leadership Group and the GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) Leadership Group.
  • Board dedication to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

    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:

Black/African American
5% Latino/Hispanic*
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.