We invite students of all backgrounds to be part of our community. In keeping with our Episcopal identity, we respect everyone, affirming not only their value as people--and as members of our community--but also the value of their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs. This creates a culture of dialogue in and out of the classroom and raises the level of discourse, helping to form citizens of the world who are culturally competent and can work collaboratively to address complex challenges.
Diversity and multicultural themes are incorporated into the early childhood curriculum through guidance classes, Weekly Reader (K), Clifford Magazine (Pre-K), author study, children’s literature, classroom books, posters, and dolls, representing our beautifully diverse world. Within a safe learning community, our children are encouraged to ask questions and offer their answers, and these opportunities give children a sense of ownership of their learning experiences.
We utilize resources that cover themes like recognizing similarities and differences, belonging, and empathy. Additionally, children learn about cultural and religious celebrations around the world and explore family traditions and values.
Students in elementary school continue to learn that valuing similarities and differences, respecting different perspectives, and practicing kindness and empathy are embedded in their everyday interactions with their teachers and peers.
Through their daily study in social studies, language arts, foreign language, the arts, and guidance, to name a few, students build critical thinking and problem-solving skills, cultural awareness, and compassion, as well as an understanding of who they are within a larger community.
Middle school students deepen their understanding of diversity and inclusion themes through their daily study in unique classes such as GULP (Guidance and Leadership) and co-curriculars Society and Self and Religion, for example. In the core academic subjects, students continue to utilize their critical thinking skills as they examine the topics of social justice, inclusion, privilege, and power and interpret historical and current events.
Multicultural Book Nook Teacher/Student Resource
The St. Martin’s Multicultural Book Nook is a shared instructional resource for all teachers. Here teachers can reserve books that are about everyone, for everyone. The nook has a full range of books, specially curated around social-emotional learning, cultural competency, and social justice in various reading levels to support read alouds, guided reading, and independent reading.