The core democratic values of freedom, tolerance, justice, and equality are central to who we are and what we do.  We are committed to achieving a diverse student body that reflects ethnic, religious, and social differences and embraces LGBT families, families of adopted children, and single parent families. We expect our students to be open-minded, fair, and tolerant. Within our curriculum we communicate multiple perspectives through the stories and experiences of many different ethnic groups in our society, thereby fostering appreciation of diverse racial, cultural, and historical backgrounds.  We seek to instill in our students a rejection of prejudice, racism, and other pernicious forms of discrimination, oppression, and abuse.

Currently, 30 percent of the students are students of color. The diversity effort is supported by committees of parents, staff, and board members who seek to enrich the school community with a variety of multicultural activities, help with recruitment of families and faculty of color, and raise funds for students who might otherwise be unable to attend TPS. In 2010-2011, the school embarked on the Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism – a tool developed by the National Association of Independent Schools to help schools evaluate their efforts around diversity, celebrate the work already under way, and determine next steps.  We exceeded our goals for participation in the AIM online climate survey:

Students in grades 3-8: 100%
Faculty and administration: 100%
Trustees: 96%
Families: 90%

It is estimated that more than 100 people engaged in AIM discovery group work.  Collectively, the conversations added up to approximately 22 hours!  The AIM Steering Committee will synthesize the data and prepare a report for the community at large; the report will be available in the fall.

Read more about our school's diversity initiatives.