The painful stories that we heard from members of our school community and the social unrest that took place during the summer of 2020 led us to take a deep look within ourselves, confront the mistakes of the past, and enact change. This change is necessary to become the school that we strive to be; it is change that aligns with our mission that values respect for others and embraces human diversity.
Since last summer, King School embarked on an intentional journey to examine every area of the school through a lens of equity and inclusion, with an overarching goal of becoming a more inclusive and anti-racist school.
The foundation of our work stemmed from the input we received from alumni, parents, students, faculty, and staff; community surveys; our strategic plan; and sincere consideration to the eye-opening and heartbreaking testimonies shared in various forums. We also created a DEI Task Force composed of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and trustees, who outlined a detailed list of recommendations for making King a more inclusive community.
Our plan derives from a firm commitment to be better and do better – as individuals and as a school. We deeply regret and apologize for the pain suffered by anyone within our walls. Our goal to become a more inclusive school and an anti-racist institution will require us to work to ensure a safe space for every member of our community – especially for those who belong to communities of color.
In this report, we provide an update on the work accomplished to date in the areas of governance, culture, curriculum, hiring, recruiting, and retention, and community engagement.
As promised, keeping track of our progress and communicating it to you is one of the ways we hold ourselves accountable for progress and accountable to you, our community.
While thorough, this update is not exhaustive; rather, this is a snapshot of some of our progress to date. We recognize that there still is and there will always be significant work ahead of us, but we are eager to continue this work in partnership with and in service to you. Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership as we advance these efforts.