Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We prioritize equity of voice for all members of our community.

At French American + International, we honor the variety of beliefs and backgrounds reflected in our diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and parents. By committing to honoring the lived experiences of all who call French American + International home, we create a school culture where diversity is a catalyst for both personal and collective growth. 

Inclusion is one of our five core values. We celebrate diversity that defines our school, our community, and the world. We seek to understand one another and to appreciate differing perspectives. We act with empathy and compassion.

Our Commitment to Equity

We commit to advancing equity and social justice in our diverse, urban community. We fulfill this promise through our programs and practices, and we inspire and equip our students to live this commitment locally and internationally.

We are committed to working toward an equitable and inclusive experience for all members of our community.

Our Mission, Values, and Commitment to Equity establish the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion that guide our community. Our bilingual and international school includes many kinds of diversity, all of which we value. Our students and parents, however, speak movingly about the power of microaggressions to undermine their sense of belonging in our school. We are committed to working toward an equitable and inclusive experience for all members of our community. In light of ongoing anti-Black violence and in the context of systemic racism in this country and the world, we are deliberately centering the voices of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in our work this year. 

In these efforts, we must begin by listening. In initial conversations with alumni, families, and trustees, we’ve heard valuable feedback and insights that we’ve grouped into overarching themes under Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In order to work toward an equitable and inclusive experience for all members of our community, we will frame our work this year using these themes:

Framing our Work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We create opportunities for student & faculty leadership in diversity and inclusion.

We are committed to socio-economic diversity.

Our school’s commitment to diversity also includes socio-economic diversity, made possible by our robust financial aid program. More than 30% of our students receive some sort of tuition support. We also provide travel grants so that all of our students have the opportunity to experience learning beyond the classroom through our renowned Global Travel Program, and computer grants to ensure all students in Grades 9-12 have access to laptops as part of our Bring Your Own Device program in High School.

Our SUCCEED program provides supplemental support for families on the highest levels of financial aid so that all students have full access to our program. The SUCCEED program provides additional support for:

  • School Spirit Events: free or subsidized tickets to Prom, formals, and dances
  • Supplemental Lunch Assistance: students have monthly access to vouchers for lunch at neighborhood food vendors such as Urban Remedy, Patxi’s, Dragon Eats, Starbucks, Project Juice, and RT Rotisserie
  • Academic Equipment: Scholastic equipment support and purchases: class materials, calculators, and standardized testing materials
  • Athletic Gear & Equipment: Sporting gear and equipment related to High School athletics