Diversity 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 seen as a powerful catalyst for both personal and collective growth.
We celebrate the 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.
Nous célébrons la diversité qui caractérise notre école, notre communauté et le monde. Nous souhaitons nous comprendre et apprécier des perspectives différentes. Nous faisons preuve d’empathie et de compassion
We create opportunities for student & faculty leadership in diversity and inclusion.
Diversity Councils: Developing student leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion has taken the form of diversity councils in the Middle School and High School. Both councils lead assemblies and various initiatives throughout the year—lunch-and-learn movie screenings, the curation of diversity-themed displays in the hallways, discussion club activities and, in the High School, student-led Advisory sessions.
Each year, the Student Diversity Council organizes the Day of Action, an event that allows students to engage with the world and issues beyond our school. Instead of classes, students attend sessions, seminars, and workshops led by guest speakers, artists, student-led affinity groups, and faculty members.
Professional Learning: Our faculty not only participate in professional development opportunities centered around teaching and learning as equity, but the also help design, facilitate, and lead diversity initiatives. This work creates a shared culture, language, and understanding of diversity school-wide, while fostering respectful cross-cultural dialogue and empathy. Examples of this professional development include annual attendance at the People of Color Conference, Culturally Responsive Teaching in the High School, and workshops ranging from socio-economic diversity in independent schools, cognitive diversity, and growth mindset, to name a few.
Affinity Groups: Our students, across many different social identifiers, crave spaces where they see themselves in others who identify similarly; we refer to these spaces as Affinity Groups. These spaces are about validation, personal and intra-group growth and consciousness. They are about sharing, asking questions, and finding the support to understand the various ways in which we can help ourselves and others.
We currently have following student-led Affinity Groups:
- Asian Student Union
- Black Student Union
- Gender Sexuality Alliance
- Jewish Club
- Latinx Student Union
- Women of Color Collective
We also have a parent-focused Affinity Group, Parents of Students of Color (POSOC).
POSOC is an affinity space devoted to parents and adult allies in our community who support students of color and their families. Once a month, members gather to reflect, learn, and to discuss salient issues that impact the learning, well-being, and resilience of underrepresented groups in our community. In gathering, parents find community, a network of allies, opportunities to celebrate their culture, as well as a brave and gracious circle within which to ask difficult questions.
We are committed to socio-economic diversity.
Our school’s commitment to diversity also includes socio-economic diversity, made possible by our financial aid packages available to families. More than 30% of our students receive some sort of tuition support. In addition to our robust 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.
SUCCEED: A financial aid program aimed at providing supplemental support for families on the highest levels of financial aid. 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 $120 gift vouchers for lunch at community food vendors such as Urban Remedy, Patxi’s Pizza, Dragon Eats, Starbucks, Project Juice, and RT Rotisserie
- Scholastic Equipment: Up to $250 per year of scholastic equipment support and purchases: calculators; supplementary class and/or standardized testing materials
- Athletic Gear & Equipment: Up to $250 per year on sporting gear and equipment related to High School athletics