La Scuola Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Policy
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement: La Scuola is a community where diverse points of view and experiences are honored and serve to create global citizens who are learners, creators, and innovators. Diverse points of view are fundamental in shaping a global point of view. By emphasizing inclusion and equity, our aim is to foster a community from the multiple voices that make up our students, staff, families and friends, creating a chorus from what too often can lack harmony. By celebrating diversity, our students become keenly aware of the world around them, their place in it, and the wisdom of honoring the experiences of others.
La Scuola Guiding Principles
Recognizing that diversity enhances learning;
Recognizing that diversity leads to an innovative community;
Recognizing that La Scuola students, faculty, staff, administration, board members, alumni, families, volunteers, donors and visitors represent many diverse characteristics, beliefs and affirmations;
Recognizing that diversity is not only representational identities, but also expands to include self-reported personal experiences, choices and activities which create a distinctive lens to develop and inform a particular world view.
La Scuola Values
We value our rich diversity as it directly contributes to La Scuola’s excellence and enhances school life for both individuals and groups. We take pride in unique achievements, celebrate our differences and encourage each other to express and apply their creative talents through collaborative endeavors.
We reject all acts of discrimination, including, but not limited to those based on race, ethnicity, country of origin, gender, age, physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, political beliefs, class, income level, family structures, veteran status, and learning styles.
We affirm the right of freedom of expression, to communicate in courteous, sensitive and respectful manner.
We embrace high standards of civility and decency in seeking to create for all members of our community an equitable, inclusive, secure, responsive and affirming environment that fosters mutual respect, empathy and trust.
We strive to establish systems which will address the needs of the one and the many.
Diversity Statistics for 2016-2017
Languages: 25 languages are spoken at home in La Scuola families: Italian, English, Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish, German, Japanese, Hebrew, French, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Tagalog, Russian, Swahili, Croatian, Serbian, Turkish, Cantonese, Arabic, Danish, Gujarati, Vietnamese, Gaelic, Korean, Greek
Sexual Orientation: 5% of our K-8 children are from the LGBTQ communities
Geographic: 20 zip codes for K-8 families: 94044, 94102, 94103, 94105, 94107, 94108, 94109, 94110, 94111, 94114, 94115, 94116, 94117, 94118, 94121, 94122, 94123, 94124, 94127, 94129, 94131, 94133, 94134, 94158, 94403, 94501, 94549, 95118
Income level: 18% of our K-8 families are receiving tuition assistance
Ethnicity: 26% of our K-8 families are non-white/non-Caucasian