Community and Inclusion
Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Adopted by the Board of Trustees, September 2019
St. Mary’s Episcopal School is committed to creating, maintaining, and nurturing a diverse and inclusive educational environment. Students, families, alumnae, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences collaborate in the often challenging and courageous work of understanding and respecting each other. Our diverse school community not only furthers the goals of an excellent education, but it creates an environment essential to the development of respect, responsibility, empathy, and unity.
To ensure that we pursue this goal, the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of the Board of Trustees was created in 2018. Task Force members include Board members, faculty, parents, and administrators. The group facilitates conversations and initiatives around the areas of community, curriculum, and faculty recruitment and retention.
St. Mary’s does not discriminate in its hiring on the basis of age, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political opinion, marital status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable state and federal law.
In the Marlene R. Shaw Early Childhood Center, each day is a new adventure full of wonder and discovery. Our youngest
St. Mary's girls start their journeys in an environment that is steeped in language and filled with a spirit of independence and inquiry.
In Lower School, specialist teachers collaborate with our talented, loving classroom teachers to create a dynamic environment designed to engage and ignite young girls' minds. The hands-on curriculum teaches students invaluable lessons about problem-solving, tenacity, creativity, and cooperation.
Middle School is a time of transformation. A dedicated faculty - who know both the ins and outs of their subject matter, as well as the ups and downs of a girl's life during these critical years - challenges students to develop the reading, writing, and thinking skills they need for Upper School, college, and life.
In Upper School, students are immersed in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that extends beyond the classroom to provide real-life experiences. From the performance stage to community outreach, from the athletic field to Chapel, St. Mary's girls learn to collaborate, inspire others, and achieve their goals.