Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Statement of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (updated October 15, 2018)

We espouse principles of respect for human rights and the diversity of humankind. We believe the pursuit of inclusivity and equality is a journey of both moral and educational importance. Our high school is in alignment with these core principles and works actively to ensure our curriculum and community support them.

We support the following principles from the Stuttgart Declaration, which was adopted by the General Assembly of the German Association of Waldorf Schools in Stuttgart on October 28, 2007:

Racist or discriminatory tendencies are not tolerated in Waldorf schools or Waldorf teacher training institutes.

Waldorf schools pursue their pedagogical tasks out of the spirit of human rights, thereby contributing to building a society founded upon mutual respect, tolerance and cooperation between all human beings.

Waldorf schools do not select, stratify or discriminate amongst their pupils, but consider all human beings to be free and equal in dignity and rights, independent of ethnicity, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, and political or other convictions.

Anthroposophy, upon which Waldorf Education is founded, stands firmly against all forms of racism and nationalism. Waldorf schools recognize that the richness inherent in a school community is built upon the synergy between both curriculum and students studying that curriculum. To this end, Waldorf schools not only aim to build school communities that are reflective of the larger community in which we are located, but also intentionally promote the synergistic interaction between the elements of the community.

We recognize there exist anthroposophical writings and lectures, including some by Rudolf Steiner, that reflect discriminatory ideas. We explicitly reject those ideas as inconsistent with the fundamental principles of Waldorf education.

Our high school acknowledges the history and ongoing impact of social and institutional inequities including, but not limited to, racism, sexism, homophobia, and ableism on our continent and in our institutions. We are committed to making equity and inclusion central to our mission and our practices; when we do this, we come closer to creating the world we want for our youth.

We will consider our role in both perpetuating and combating social and institutional inequities. We will align our policies and practices to promote equity and inclusion on all levels, and to give priority to voices that often go unheard.