|The Ellis School’s definition of diversity includes the principal cultural identifiers recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools, such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender, socio-economic status, age, sexual orientation, and physical ability. |
The school honors its commitment to diversity by implementing initiatives for:
- Attracting a diverse student body that currently includes 33% students of color.
- A multicultural curriculum that supports the school’s mission to prepare students to lead in local and global communities.
- Attracting administrators and faculty of color.
The Ellis School diversity program encourages students, faculty, and parents to participate in yearly events that offer opportunities to appreciate customs, traditions and different perspectives from people in our community.
- Culture Jam is an annual student initiated conference on diversity and multiculturalism for Upper School students and students from local schools. Students discuss issues of diversity and inclusion, voicing their opinions and sharing ideas. In the process, students develop cross-cultural communications skills and strong inter-school relationships.
- Organized by the faculty with the assistance of the Ellis Parents Association, Heritage Day allows students in every grade to explore different cultures through food, costumes, games, dances, music, crafts and languages. Teachers, students, and parents organize and teach different workshops, and the Parents Association provides culinary treats from around the world for an exceptional lunch.