At our school, we are creating the kind of community we want our world to be.
Berkeley Hall is one of the most diverse independent schools in Los Angeles. We see that fact as a distinctive strength—and as a starting point to do more.
Our goal is to teach and learn in ways that are enriched as fully as possible by the variety of backgrounds and perspectives our students bring. It is to create a community built upon relationships of awareness and trust.
A number of school programs are addressing implicit bias, equipping our community to fight racism, fostering student intelligence in multiculturally sensitive ways, and enriching and strengthening a curriculum that is inclusive and equitable. But just as important are the less formal steps—the teachable moments we share every day, in which teachers and students practice seeing and celebrating each individual in all their unique differences.
For 111 years, our school has embraced the ideal of fairness. We know that achieving that ideal is a continual work in progress, and the process of striving toward it is deeply instructive. Every day, as we learn more, we do better.
- 54% of Berkeley Hall students are of non-majority backgrounds.
- We are diverse in many ways: ethnically, religiously, culturally, and socioeconomically, even internationally (with 6% of students non-U.S. citizens).
- We celebrate and experience our diversity through intercultural events spanning the year— from Black History Month and Lunar New Year, to Diwali and Persian New Year.
- Through an evolving curricular audit, we are examining our curriculum through an equity lens to be sure to include content that represents a more global perspective and cross-section of all cultures and backgrounds.
- Through a responsive classroom model, students work together to identify their strengths and articulate goals for their growth as fearless scholars and conscientious citizens. In so doing, they model and practice skills of inclusion and fairness every day.
“I cherish the diversity I see in my classes. So many of my students are bi- or tri-lingual. As a school, we look like Los Angeles.”
“Our diversity allows for rich classroom conversations about the world today. We have the kind of conversations adults should have more often.”
“Being with people of backgrounds very different from your own makes everyone’s eyes open a little wider.”
“Being in a diverse community right from the start shapes children’s expectations about the way the world should be.”
“We are making sure our school is part of the progress, not the problem.”