DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION & BELONGING
At Forsyth School, we strive to create a community where all members feel cared for and connected.
At Forsyth, we believe that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B) are ongoing and ever-evolving processes. We consistently question and evaluate our work in an effort to provide an inclusive, supportive community where all members can be themselves. The stages of our process mirror child development in which children first notice and become curious, then understand and celebrate similarities and differences.
Forsyth’s current strategic plan designates DEI&B as a top priority. Forsyth is bolstering efforts to build a thriving, diverse, equitable community culture by:
- Implementing inclusive, equitable, and sustainable practices that attract, enroll, welcome, and retain diverse students, families, faculty, staff, and administrators.
- Offering professional development that prepares faculty to teach a diverse student body.
- Revising the curriculum to include a growing array of perspectives, cultures, backgrounds, and racial/ethnic groups.
- Ensuring that the Financial Aid Program enables students from a variety of economic backgrounds to attend Forsyth.
- Providing time and space for the Forsyth community to come together on a consistent basis.
Forsyth’s Office of Community & Culture recently introduced Forsyth University, an initiative that provides learning opportunities for our adult community throughout the school year. During the spring 2023 semester, Forsyth University events included a facilitated discussion about Jessica Lahey’s The Gift of Failure and an interactive presentation about Promoting a Growth Mindset in Mathematics.
Forsyth has partnered with the following organizations on events and programs related to diversity, inclusion, and belonging:
Forsyth faculty and staff participate in a variety of professional development opportunities related to DEI&B:
- National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) People of Color Conference (PoCC)
- Inclusion in the Early Years: Why, What, & How with Rosetta Lee, hosted by Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL) and the Center of Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE)
- Educators for Social Justice Conference
- Striving for Equity, Inclusion, & Community Conference at New City School
Forsyth School admits students of any race, color, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, family composition, citizenship, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to or made available to its students. It does not discriminate based on race, color, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, family composition, citizenship, national origin, and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies or programs. Forsyth seeks inquisitive, enthusiastic students who bring their own special energies and skills to the school community.