An Affirmation of Diversity

An Affirmation of Diversity

Compass has been committed since its founding to honoring the unique character of each individual and providing a learning community where every student can find success. We celebrate the diversity of our student population and have worked hard to be accessible to any child regardless of prior academic performance or family finances. Likewise, we have always had democracy as one of our guiding principles, knowing the best way to learn about democracy is to live democracy as we try to embody in the school with student council, judiciary, town meetings, and space for student voice and choice.

It feels like we shouldn’t need to proclaim what seems a long accepted American value of openness to immigrants and acceptance for diversity as a fundamental principle of our country and of this school. In light of recent political discussion and concerns about what may be less welcoming federal policies, I want to reiterate our continued openness to all students and our commitment to live the values of inclusion, acceptance, and open mindedness that is every child’s right. We know the diversity of student backgrounds, experiences and perspectives make the learning experience better for all.

At Compass, we believe not in advocating for any particular political viewpoint but instead want to assure every student learns how to be a thoughtful, well informed, critical thinker who is an active participant in the community. We aim to provide each student with the knowledge, skills, and personal qualities to remain curious, access and evaluate information, and exercise judgment, and, as our mission statement articulates, “to pursue their dreams and have a positive impact on the world.” Every child deserves the opportunity to be honored as an individual and celebrated for who they are, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, place of birth or any other attribute. At Compass, we have lived these values since our inception and continue to be committed to these principles of affirming the human rights of every person.