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SCDS Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Statement

Feeling that you belong is essential to success

At the center of our school culture is a Community Code that defines our interactions and informs our personal choices. We call upon every member of our community to be aware, caring, courageous, honest, and inspired, bringing our best selves and living in integrity each day. We embrace the unique qualities that every individual possesses and strive for everyone to feel a sense of belonging within our community. Learning is deeper, more meaningful, and more relevant when diversity is represented, included, and equally valued. These experiences ensure everyone has the foundation to reach their full potential and activate their sense of responsibility for contributing to making our world a better place.

You can expect Sonoma Country Day School to be open to possibilities, take on challenges, and stand up for what we know is right
SCDS has adopted the following definitions from the National Association of Independent Schools’ Assessment of Inclusion and Multiculturalism.
The concept of diversity embraces the wide range of human characteristics used to mark or identify individual and group identities. These characteristics include, but are not limited to, ethnicity, race, national origin, age, personality, sexual orientation, gender, class, religion, ability, and linguistic preferences. Diversity is a term used as shorthand for visible and quantifiable statuses, but diversity of thought and ways of knowing, being, and doing are also understood as natural, valued, and desired states, the presence of which benefit organizations, workplaces, and society.
Equity exists as a condition that balances two dimensions: fairness and inclusion. As a function of fairness, equity implies ensuring that people have what they need to participate in school life and reach their full potential. Equitable treatment involves eliminating barriers that prevent the full participation of all individuals. As a function of inclusion, equity ensures that essential educational programs, services, activities, and technologies are accessible to all. Equity is not equality; it is the expression of justice, ethics, multi-partiality, and the absence of discrimination.
Inclusiveness means encompassing all; taking every individual’s experience and identity into account and creating conditions where all feel accepted, safe, empowered, supported, and affirmed. An inclusive school or organization expands its sense of community to include all; cultivating belonging and giving all an equal voice. Inclusivity also promotes and enacts the sharing of power and recognition of interdependence, where authorizing individuals and community members share responsibility for expressing core values and maintaining respect for differences and the spirit of care and cooperation.
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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in our school community and curricula is an important aspect of our current strategic plan, titled Aspire 2025.
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Sonoma Country Day School

4400 Day School Place
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
phone: 707.284.3200
fax: 707.284.3254
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We are…

The premier, fully accredited, independent TK-8 college preparatory school in Sonoma County. Located in northern Santa Rosa and proud home of The Jackson Theater, SCDS offers a challenging academic program rich in fine and performing arts, music, world languages, and social and emotional learning. For more than thirty years SCDS has been the school that brings learning to life.