At Poly Prep, we strive to meet the aims of our mission statement and create a community that is dedicated to the best potential of every member of our school. We seek to create a student body, faculty, staff, and administration that is diverse in its racial and ethnic make-up, its gender balance, its socio-economic mix, and its representation of a variety of religions, sexualtities, and beliefs. We work to make Poly an equitable and accepting place for our entire diverse community and those who seek to join it. In addressing our mission statement, we collaborate to graduate anti-discrimination leaders, students who will go into the world concerned about and determined to fight racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, ageism, ableism, and any of the various discriminations that face so many people in our world. We strive to graduate students who work for justice for all people.
Our community creates open discussions for adults and students to grapple with difficult ideas together. We have affinity groups that meet regularly to discuss the ways we can support all students and faculty, and our Middle and Upper Schools have annual Community and Diversity Days that allow us to step out of the regular flow of work and focus on how to better address equity and justice on our campus. The Lower School has assemblies to teach students about the work of leaders and teachers of the past and present, and the Middle and Upper Schools hold twice-weekly chapels that allow for a range of speakers and presenters, from within the school and without, to show us the good, important work that is happening in the world today. We make space for parents to join in the conversations with regular Diversity Coffees and other special events. Our calendar, curriculum, and school space are designed to give ample opportunities to practice good leadership and deliberate cooperation in every part of our school lives, whether in the classroom, the art room, or the locker room, on the stage, the field, or the school bus.
We know that the challenge of developing an equitable community and teaching students to respond to calls for justice is a long-term effort. Because our mission is to graduate leaders and global citizens, we are determined to take the time, create the opportunities, and work collectively to achieve these goals.