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Notes for Prospective Students
- As part of our commitment to social justice, we are engaged in
building an anti-racist, anti-homophobic community, and we actively
seek students and staff from a diverse range of family structures
and racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds.
community tries to go beyond mere tolerance to more deeply address
issues of bias and privilege.
The Quaker belief that there is that of God in every person --
the Light or Spirit within -- is the foundation of our faith both
in the worth of each student and in his or her potential for
We honor each student's strengths and abilities.
will challenge and support each child to achieve excellence in all
areas of the curriculum.
We believe this happens best in a diverse
community of children and adults working together in mutual trust
Our curriculum is designed to develop broad literacy and to
stimulate intellectual integrity and love of learning in all
Daily work focuses on developing competence and
confidence in analytical, critical, verbal, creative, mathematical,
aesthetic, physical, and spiritual areas.
In accordance with Quaker
commitment to the search for truth, we believe that learning is not
only acquiring a body of information but a process and a mode of
Our goal is that students will be learners and seekers
throughout their lives.
We strive to create a safe environment where children are
encouraged both to stand up for their convictions in the face of
opposition and to listen to others with a willingness to change.
Teachers help children of all ages to develop a commitment to
truthfulness and personal integrity and to be responsible and
effective members of a group and the larger community.
acquire an inner discipline and sense of themselves, they learn
that their knowledge and understanding are created through their
own work, not received as unexamined truth from others.
expectation is that students will grow as active participants, not
bystanders, in their own affairs and in those of the world around
Silence is an integral part of the life of the school, and its
use arises from Quaker practice.
Silence can lead to an awareness
of that inner stillness where we can have moments of clarity.
Periods of silence are valued in a variety of settings, including a
weekly Quaker Meeting held throughout the school.
We live in a world where racism, sexism, classism,
heterosexism, ableism, and other forms of oppression exist, not
only among individuals but in our society and institutions.
educational community of faith, we are challenged to empower
students to make positive change in this world, and to do the same,
ourselves, as an institution.
In keeping with the Quaker Peace Testimony, we are committed to
peaceful conflict resolution.
Disagreement and conflict are
inevitable in any group; we work to achieve understanding through
respectful dialogue, negotiation, and an ongoing redefinition of
We trust in the power of the Spirit within to help us
achieve the just and caring community we envision.