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Strategic Plan: Community

In order to achieve our mission of inspiring brave learners to shape the future, we must nurture our multiculturalism and further diversity, inclusion and equity within our community. We want everyone in our community to feel comfortable to bring their full self to school every day and to be willing and able to understand others’ differences, a shared value of the International Baccalaureate. There is much work to be done to bridge the educational and socio-economic gaps in San Francisco and these goals seek to imbed a set of principles and language in our curriculum that will foster anti-bias and collaboration among our students and increase racial, socioeconomic and LGBTQ representation in our school. With the formation of PALS, our aim is to foster opportunities to socialize, dialogue, share resources and mentor one another. The goals articulated below are multi-year goals that will evolve as more is learned. 

Community Initiatives:

  • Define multiculturalism, diversity, inclusion and equity at La Scuola. 
  • Incorporate DEI vision consistently into the curriculum, campus life and activities and provide training and support for teachers, students, parents, board 
  • Improve diversity representation across students, faculty, staff and board and continue to focus on inclusion in our community and connection across campuses
  • Promote La Scuola’s brand promise and value proposition 
  • Strengthen the role of the Parent Association of La Scuola (PALS) in promoting volunteerism, participation in and support of school functions and facilitating the integration of new families into our school community 
  • Engage with all our communities to strengthen relationships and cooperation with our neighborhoods, which creates opportunities for learning for our students and builds awareness of La Scuola 

2019-2020 Academic Year 

  • Increased Sliding Scale Tuition fund from $670K to $1.25M to support socio-economic diversity goals (27% of families receive aid) and established COVID-19 Relief Fund of $200K to provide temporary assistance to families negatively impacted by the economic downturn. 
  • Faculty and staff went through DEI training with Alison Park (PD), attended People of Color Conference and Implicit bias training at Pollyanna conference. DEI training scheduled with the Board of Directors in September 2020. 
  • Implemented racial literacy curriculum and hosted parent discussions. The curriculum moves from early years learning about community and stories of activism to middle school years learning about the construction of race and systemic inequality.
  • Launched affinity groups for Students of Color, Gay/Straight alliance in Middle School as well as LGBTQ, Single Parents groups for parents
  • Increased enrollment of students in programs like SMART by 150%
  • PALS organized cross-campus and grade events, implemented a Buddy Family system and supported families and staff during COVID

2018-2019 Academic Year 

  • Conducted community wide Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) survey and held all campus/community focus groups
  • Formed DEI committee, Alison Park did training for faculty
  • Formed Parent Association of La Scuola (PALS) organization
  • Performed extensive outreach in the Mission neighborhood to community groups and neighbors to introduce La Scuola and identify ways to collaborate prior to opening of St. Charles campus in August 2019