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Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity at Hartsbrook

A good IDEA.  The Hartsbrook School has embarked on an exciting new inclusion, equity, and diversity initiative.  Through a collaborative process between the Family Association, Faculty Conference, Board of Trustees, staff, alumni, and other community members, the school formed a one-year Ad-Hoc Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Committee to conduct a rigorous analysis over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year and draft a plan for future work. The analysis will review the history and current experiences of inclusion, diversity, and equity at Hartsbrook.
Read the entire Ad-Hoc Committee’s approved mandate on our Parent Portal.

To learn more or get involved contact parent Christene DeJong (contact information available in the Parent Portal).

Other Initiatives Related to Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

New Sliding Scale Tuition Model

Hartsbrook adopted a new Sliding Scale Tuition Model with the goals of increasing diversity, inclusion, and equity at our school, expanding innovative programing, and living the schools’ values more deeply.

AWSNA Position Statement

The Hartsbrook school adopted an AWSNA position statement:
Waldorf schools are independent schools, which are designed to educate all children, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds. The pedagogical method is comprehensive, and, as part of its task, seeks to bring recognition and understanding to any world culture or religion. The Waldorf School, founded in 1919 by Rudolf Steiner, is not part of any church.

Waldorf schools are committed to developing the human potential of each child to its fullest. Admission to the schools is open to everyone, without regard to race, sex, creed, religion, national origin, or ethnicity. In company with many other tuition-based independent schools, Waldorf schools are actively seeking ways to increase the economic and ethnic diversity of their student populations.

It is a fundamental goal of our education to bring students to an understanding and experience of the common humanity of all the world’s peoples, transcending the stereotypes, prejudices, and divisive barriers of classification by sex, race and nationality. We most emphatically reject racism in all its forms, and embrace the principles of common humanity expressed by the founder of Waldorf education, Rudolf Steiner: “[We] must cast aside the division into races. [We] must seek to unite people of all races and nations, and to bridge the divisions and differences between various groups of people”.