Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DEI and Non-discrimination Policy

The mission of Summers-Knoll School includes every member of our community. We welcome and affirm our differences in experience based on, but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, marital status, gender expression, height, weight, or veteran status. We embrace learning differences and disabilities and celebrate the many positive experiences and viewpoints that diversity in all its forms brings to our school community. Summers-Knoll School is committed to equal opportunities for all persons and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, gender expression, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Names, Pronouns, and Gender Policy

Staff, students, and family members (henceforth referred to as community members) are called by the name they request to use at school. We use the pronouns that community members tell us are correct for them. For community members who self-identify as transgender and/or nonbinary, records are kept under the current name and gender they have specified to us. We affirm the gender the community member has told us they are.

Core Values

High academic standards – work of excellence

Students at Summers-Knoll learn to value challenges, seeing them as opportunities to grow as learners and as people.  We meet individuals where they are and challenge them to take their learning to the next level.

Getting out in the world

We believe school needs to extend itself beyond the borders of the school walls whenever possible. As such, we connect learning to the real world by encouraging students to be active participants in the community and inspiring them to imagine their future place in the world.

Meaningful learning that is full of connections

We believe that children learn best when their work is connected to what matters to them and when they are given the opportunity to explore their passions.

Respect, community and belonging

We believe that a place where everyone is respected, known, and where diversity and the importance of empathy are nourished, fosters an optimal environment for learning.  At Summers-Knoll, we believe that that the development of emotional intelligence holds equal importance to the development of academic ability.

Experience the world

Summers-Knoll students learn through rich experiences in our community and beyond. Field trips are not rare occasions, but central to each child’s learning.