Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging


At Open Window School, diverse perspectives and backgrounds strengthen our school culture, educational program, and community.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging and Open Window School:

Open Window School nurtures and inspires students of high intellectual potential.

We embrace diversity, practice equity, commit to inclusion, and promote belonging. These commitments are authentic, dynamic, and essential to our rigorous academic program, embedded social/emotional learning curriculum, and mission-driven school community for gifted learners.
We align programs, policies, and procedures to these goals through annual self-examination, learning, and action.

OWS Diversity
The school program and policy are governed by our Nondiscrimination Policy. Creating an inclusive environment where students and employees feel comfortable, safe, and free from inappropriate and disrespectful conduct is one of the School’s core values. OWS aims to create an exceptional educational experience for gifted students that capitalizes on our diverse community and equips students with the skills and mindsets to enable them to exercise leadership in the interconnected world they will inherit. 
OWS Equity  
We provide students with mission-appropriate resources that meet their academic, social/emotional, and identity-related needs. We commit to ongoing learning about and addressing biases and barriers which prevent access.

OWS Inclusion 
We commit to building a community where any individual or group can feel welcomed, respected, supported, valued. We ask the following questions when making decisions about school curriculum, program, policies, procedures, events, and activities.

Is it kind (to the individual)?
Is it inclusive (of the community)?
Is it respectful (of each other and our values)?
Is it responsible (to our mission)?
OWS Belonging 
We cultivate a school which prioritizes any individual or group being safe, seen, heard, and able to contribute as their authentic selves.


Open Window School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and School needs. Creating an inclusive and professional environment where employees feel comfortable, safe, and free from inappropriate and disrespectful conduct is one of the School’s core values. Open Window School does not discriminate against (in any aspect of employment, including recruiting and hiring, job assignment, compensation, opportunities for advancement, promotion, transfers, evaluation, benefits, training, discipline, and termination), nor does it tolerate harassment by any person, including, co-workers, supervisors, and third parties, on the basis of any legally protected classification or characteristic (“ Protected Characteristics”) which includes: race (including hair texture and protected hairstyles), creed, national origin, age, color, sex (including pregnancy), citizenship or immigration status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, use of a trained guide dog or service animal by person with a disability, and protected genetic information.
Open Window School also prohibits discrimination and harassment based on the perception that an employee falls within one of the categories of Protected Characteristics or based on the employee’s association with a person who falls within, or is perceived to fall within, one of the categories of Protected Characteristics. These prohibitions apply in the workplace, on school trips, during meetings, at school-related social events, and at any other location where a School-sponsored event takes place.

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.