About Country Day
THE CULTURE OF THE COUNTRY DAY SUPPORTS DIVERSITY
Expectations for inclusion and tolerance are a strong part of the culture and philosophy at Country Day, and as such the School has been recognized as a 'No Place for Hate' campus by the Anti-Defamation League. Teachers and students know children across the divisions, from preschool to 12th grade, and are expected to treat each other with kindness and respect. At Country Day, all students are treated as individuals in terms of their academics, and this philosophy carries over into cultural differences being accepted as well.
"[The] students, teachers and administration of Country Day did something AMAZING; you decided that Country Day would promote respect for individuals, reject name calling, stereotypes and negative attitudes and create an environment of acceptance –24/7. Not one day or one month, but every day."
- Bonnie Goldblum, No Place for Hate Coordinator
OUR MISSION OF DIVERSITY
Metairie Park Country Day School prepares its students to succeed in a rapidly changing and culturally diverse world. The School actively encourages respect and empowerment of all individuals, broadening our students' educational experiences. Country Day values individuals whose differences include, but are not limited to, age, ethnicity, family structure, gender, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
The Country Day board, administration, faculty, staff, parents, and students are committed to creating and maintaining a positive environment where the academic and social well being of all students is affirmed. We support inclusion through our admission policies, hiring practices, professional development, and curriculum. We believe that our commitment to diversity is an ongoing process; one that will continue to strengthen and enhance our school and our global community.
Diversity in the Curriculum
|Celebrate Unity with Country Day|
Contact: Reed Green, Director of Admission and Outreach
|No Place for Hate|
Country Day has joined hundreds of other schools, thousands of other students, across the nation, which say “NO” to hatred and bullying and “YES” to acceptance and respect. This is a community which promotes an environment of inclusion and as such, Country Day has earned the designation of a No Place for Hate School.
|People Against Xenophobia|
We actively promote clubs and student organizations associated with diversity, including PAX, People against Xenophobia, in the Upper School. Membership is open to all upper school students.
• PAX holds weekly meetings to discuss current events and diversity related issues on campus as they arise.
• Four students attend the yearly NAIS People of Color Conference/ Student Diversity Leadership Conference.
• Six students attend the annual 'Unity through Understanding' conference.
• PAX members lead diversity retreats with middle school students.
• PAX makes several presentations at Upper School and Middle School Assemblies, and Lower School Morning Meeting. The assemblies are followed by diversity related activities in advisory meetings.
• PAX organizes school participation in the national Day of Silence.
• Students post flyers and posters related to diversity throughout the school year.
• Students facilitate a faculty workshop on diversity.