Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) at Schoolhouse

Our Commitments 

  • Acknowledge that the school rests on the unceded ancestral lands of the Ramaytush Ohlone people.

  • Maintain the founding principle to keep tuition as low as possible thereby making a high quality progressive education as accessible as possible. 

  • Enrich our community by welcoming a diversity of races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, abilities, and national origins.

  • Ensure that social emotional learning (SEL) is given equal weight to academic learning.

  • Infuse DEI throughout all aspects of the program and community life.

    • Provide real-life, project-based learning, and student leadership opportunities that teach students how to stand up for what is right in order to make the world a better place for all.

    • Teach students to examine biases, within themselves and in the world around them, so they may actively push against them. 

    • Instill in students the notion that they have the responsibility to use their privileges to help others.

    • Educate students about historical systems that disadvantage some members of society over others, empowering them to reshape their world.

In the words of theologian Richard Shaull, from his foreword to Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, There is no such thing as a ​neutral ​educational process. Education either functions as an instrument that is used to facilitate the integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the ‘practice of freedom,’ the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.

--Weaving Social Justice Into Science Instruction