Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
When Stanley first began in 1972, the very foundation of the school was underpinned by a passionately held set of beliefs, including an understanding that a diverse and inclusive learning community provides rich learning opportunities for all. The vision was of a new educational approach, drastically different from any traditional approach and one that would allow children to grow and flourish in an educational environment in which every child knows they are deeply valued.
A small but passionate group of parents and teachers knew that only through their efforts and contributions would their children benefit from the transformational educational philosophy promised by the British Primary approach.
These deeply invested teachers, caring families and eager students were the original Stanley community -- individuals who treated one another with deep respect and acceptance.
More than 35 percent of our students come from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. When we think about diversity at Stanley, however, we think far beyond the numbers. Our goal is to create a learning community in which all backgrounds are valued and celebrated and in which all members feel a deep sense of belonging.
The Work We Are Doing Today
Throughout Stanley, groups are continuously working to promote and encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our community.
- The Students of Color Affinity (SOCA) group allows current students to share personal experiences and work on social justice projects.
- The Parents of Student of Color Affinity (POSCA) group provides parents with support and resources.
- The Staff/Teacher of Color Affinity (STOCA) group creates a space for our faculty to share stories and empower one another.
- The White Anti-Racist Affinity Group (WARA) is a space for White identifying faculty and staff members to gather, share, learn and grow in their anti-racist practices.
- The Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) engages students in social justice projects and education.
- The School Culture inclusion and Equity (SCIE) group is a Board level committee that works to prioritize diversity on every level of our community.
Faculty, staff, parents, and students regularly participate in DEI work by attending various national and local conferences. Furthermore, our faculty members complete trainings through Learning For Justice Standards to further enrich our curriculum to represent and honor our community's many identities. Attended conferences and training including:
- The NAIS People of Color Conference
- The C.I.R.C.L.E and S.T.A.M.P Conferences
- The SDLC Student Leadership Conference
- The White Privilege Conference
- Implicit Bias Training
- Colorado Diversity Network Conference
- Asian Educators Alliance Conference
We engage, challenge and inspire children to reach their potential and develop their own voices within an inclusive, diverse and collaborative community that values distinct contributions and abilities.
Stanley BPS is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of Stanley BPS, including admissions, employment, and access to services and programs.
2015 Strategic Plan for Inclusivity & Equity
"After countless experiences listening to and engaging with faculty, staff, students, alumni and the board of trustees, I too have felt the incredible energy and desire from this community to show up, learn and make a positive difference."
—Sumant Bhat, Head of School