Fostering a deeper sense of belonging

SPARK will be the catalyst that moves our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals from aspiration to reality.

The cornerstone of Park’s program is academic excellence, affirming high standards of scholarship while encouraging each child to develop to their greatest potential. Students learn most effectively when they feel a deep sense of belonging, when they feel safe, known, and respected in their environment, and when they learn from the differences in backgrounds and perspectives shared within their learning community. It is in Park’s deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, therefore, where academic excellence takes root.

Guided by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Implementation Plan adopted in September 2020, two new endowed funds will support students in feeling a deeper sense of belonging at Park. First, Park aspires to raise $1.25 million to support the DEIIP and our anti-racist aspirations, giving the Director of DEI and Head of School additional funding for critical equity and inclusion goals. Second, Park aspires to raise $500,000 for the Fund to Support Educational Testing. This fund would enable the School to support four to five students per year in pursuing educational testing that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive, to equip parents, teachers, and Academic Support specialists with the critical information needed to best support diverse learners.