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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our Commitment

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.

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Pollyanna Racial Literacy Curriculum

In 2019 La Scuola implemented the Pollyanna Racial Literacy Curriculum. Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director works closely with our Kindergarten through Grade 8 teachers, to enhance students’ awareness of their own racial socialization and skills for engaging in productive conversations about race and racism.

We believe that racial literacy is an essential skill set to develop. The Pollyanna Racial Literacy Curriculum provides both “mirrors,” a way to see ourselves reflected in the classroom, and “windows,” the opportunity to better understand and connect with others.

Resources available to learn more about the curriculum:

Pollyanna Racial Literacy Curriculum

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.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 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 a 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 that will address the needs of the one and the many.

By the Numbers

Ethnicity/Race:
Families that identify as non-white: 37%
Students of color: 34%
Faculty / Staff of color: 35%
LGBTQ families: 4%

Sliding Scale Tuition:
28% of our families currently receive

Languages:
34 languages represented in our community, including: Abkhazian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Cambodian, Cantonese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Turkish, Vietnamese

Sexual Orientation:
3% of children are from LGBTQ families

Geographic:
34 zip codes represented: 94005, 94014, 94027, 94080, 94102 ,94103, 94105, 94107, 94108, 94109, 94110, 94112, 94114, 94115, 95116, 94117, 94118, 94121, 94122, 94123, 94124, 94127, 94129, 94131, 94133, 94158, 94501, 94602, 94705, 94710, 94920, 94941, 94568, 95519