The following guidelines are fundamental to the implementation of our mission:

  • A close personal relationship between teacher and student is the center of the learning process at Park.
  • Learning begins with the family; the School's goal is to extend and develop that process in a spirit of cooperation among students, teachers, and parents.
  • The Park community values trust, fairness, cooperation, and sensitivity, and expects students to learn to reach outside themselves and respect the dignity of others.
  • Despite the pressures of our increasingly complex world, Park strives to maintain simplicity as a core value of the community.
  • At Park, diversity is valued, differing personal qualities, talents, and learning styles are appreciated, and the lives of all are enriched by shared experiences.
  • As a center of learning, the School generates ideas and responds thoughtfully to new ideas, emerging technologies, and social change.
  • The pursuit of rigorous academic standards guides the development of curriculum, the practice of teaching, and the goals of learning.
The Park School Bullying Prevention And Intervention Plan – Approved August 2016

I.  Introduction
At The Park School (the “School” or “Park”) we expect that all members of our school community will treat each other with civility and respect.
 
It is the policy of the School to provide and maintain a learning environment that is free of bullying, cyber-bullying, unlawful discrimination, harassment, retaliation and any other verbal, physical or emotional misconduct that disrupts the learning environment or makes it unsafe.
 
The Park School Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan (the “Plan”), set forth below, is an integral part of our efforts to promote learning and to prevent behavior that can impede the learning process. Our Plan spells out The Park School’s comprehensive approach to addressing bullying, cyber-bullying, and retaliation.
 
The School recognizes that certain students may be more vulnerable to become Targets of bullying, harassment, or teasing based on actual or perceived characteristics, including race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, socioeconomic status, homelessness, academic status, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, pregnant or parenting status, sexual orientation, mental, physical, developmental or sensory disability, or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics.
 
This Plan is consistent with broader protections at Park against discrimination, harassment, bullying, and retaliation that appear in our Family Handbook, our Employee Handbook, and our Upper Division Handbook.
 
This Plan has been developed in consultation with the School’s Administrative Team and has been shared with the School’s faculty, students, parents, and guardians. It is important that this Plan be well understood by all members of the Park community. The Head of School is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Plan. Questions and concerns related to this Plan may be referred to the Head of School or to one of the School’s Division Heads.
 
Non-Discrimination Policy

The Park School admits qualified students without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or family composition to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or family composition or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its educational, admissions, financial aid, athletic and other policies and programs.

Philosophy of Multicultural Education at Park

Multicultural education at Park means nurturing a belief in the dignity of each individual and teaching children to understand diverse perspectives, the importance of historical viewpoint, and the existence of individual and group bias. Students learn to question and critique the variety of beliefs and interpretations they encounter within the curriculum, the School, and the wider community. Park prepares students to participate responsibly as citizens of a global community that struggles with issues of truth, justice, and equality.

Diversity Beliefs and Aspirations

At Park School, we are guided by the belief that a diverse community is a necessary component of an excellent education. Of equal importance, we are committed to offering a curriculum that exposes children to a range of cultures and to multiple perspectives on the human experience. Our fundamental goal is to create and maintain an inclusive learning environment evidenced by:

  • A commitment to academic achievement for all students
  • Respect for the dignity of each individual
  • Open, non-judgmental communication
  • Freedom to take risks, to learn from mistakes, and to grow

All children and adults at Park should feel that important aspects of their individual identity can be comfortably shared here and that their unique stories can be fully heard. At the same time, members of our community should learn to appreciate our interdependence and to make connections with a broad range of others.

We believe that being a diverse community is a journey that requires constant attention, at times involving moments of confusion, misunderstanding, or disconnection. Therefore, we dedicate ourselves to openly confronting discord and working through it when it arises.

To be effective in this work, we believe that the adults in the community (faculty, staff, and parents) must be engaged in an ongoing examination of our individual and collective assumptions and biases.

By welcoming and celebrating a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, Park becomes a stronger and wiser school community. Our diversity beliefs and aspirations are central to every aspect of daily school life who we are, what/how we teach, how we behave, and what we are committed to having our students learn here.