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Diversity & Inclusion
At Oak Hill School, we understand that each child is unique, and we value the gifts that every student brings to school each day. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires the support and participation of the entire school community to create a place in which a wide range of backgrounds, voices and viewpoints enrich the Oak Hill School experience for everyone. As a Christian school, we strive to be a model of Christ’s mission to the world that recognizes the dignity of every person in the unifying and unconditional love of God.
Oak Hill School Statement of Inclusion and Community
At Oak Hill School, we believe that creating a community of love and belonging for all Oak Hill students is foundational to our mission. We believe that each person embodies a unique expression of God’s image. Our call is to build children’s empathy through the mirrors of self-reflection and windows of understanding into the range of backgrounds and experiences of others, preparing them to lead and serve in our dynamic, multicultural world. Most importantly, as a school, we seek to radiate the glory of God’s unconditional love.
Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan
Adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2019, the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan outlines steps that guide our community in meeting goals to turn philosophy into practice. The overarching goals of the strategic plan include:
Deliver a window and mirror curriculum that both affirms children’s understanding of themselves and expands their understanding of other people. Learning resources that act as windows allow students to see backgrounds and perspectives that differ from their own. Mirror resources provide students the opportunity for self-reflection of their reality. A balance of both windows and mirrors are necessary in education to develop empathetic students who possess a deeper understanding of a diverse world and their place in it.
Expand our marketing and recruitment reach to better represent the communities of the Greater Nashville area. Research shows that students benefit from a learning environment that includes a diversity of perspectives and experiences that are different from their own. A diverse community of learners fosters greater opportunities for students to develop mutual respect and cross-cultural competencies for success both in and out of the classroom. We seek to attract and enroll right-fit families from around Nashville.
FACULTY AND STAFF
Steward and grow a diverse professional community to create a culture of deep curiosity and understanding to reflect diversity and inclusivity within our community.
- Increase faculty of color and gender diversity among faculty and staff.
- Build a community to support faculty and staff of color.
- Prepare faculty and staff for educating a more diverse student body.
COMMUNITY INCLUSION AND OUTREACH
Deepen community engagement and service to develop stronger relationships with local organizations. Create new relationships with surrounding business and churches to assess the needs of our community and work together to strengthen programs. Build a community where every child and family feels like they belong by nurturing a school culture that acknowledges, honors and celebrates difference.
FINANCIAL AID & FUNDING
Financial aid helps ensure an Oak Hill School education is accessible to a wider range of mission-appropriate students. Our goal is to increase financial aid funding to allow for greater socio-economic diversity within our school community.
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Ensure the school’s diversity and inclusion values are reflected in the written policies and core documents of the school.
Our Definition of Diveristy
Diverse is synonymous with differences, encompassing all the many facets inherent to each of us. We define diversity broadly so that our children can see that we all have differences in who God created us to be.
Our Definition of Inclusion
Inclusion emphasizes building a community in which the dignity of each individual is seen and included.
Diversity and inclusion go hand in hand. We seek to build an inclusive community that recognizes and celebrates the differences that God has given each of us, allowing every person to reach his or her greatest potential.
Our work to build an inclusive school community is driven out of a fundamental belief in the Christian mission of our school and the importance of equipping our children with the skills to navigate the connected and global world in which we live.
Our Definition of Multicultural
Every day presents an opportunity to learn something new. At OHS, we work to shape students who possess open minds and the willingness to learn about the ideas, beliefs and customs of people of varying cultural backgrounds in order to view the world as a place full of unlimited opportunities for learning and growth.