HARTSBROOK’S COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, AND EQUITY Waldorf schools are independent, non-sectarian schools, designed to educate all children, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds. It is a fundamental goal of Waldorf education to bring students to an understanding and experience of the common humanity of all the world’s peoples, transcending any stereotypes, prejudices, or divisive barriers of race, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, creed, religion, national origin, or ethnicity. Waldorf schools are actively seeking ways to increase the economic and ethnic diversity of their student populations. Our school most emphatically embraces the principles of common humanity expressed by Rudolf Steiner, who founded the first Waldorf school in 1919: “[We] must seek to unite people of all races and nations, and to bridge the divisions and differences between various groups of people. “ Supporting Initiatives 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. Families, 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). 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 programming, and living the schools’ values more deeply.