Respect for diversity, which includes the differences among peoples’ identities, experiences, perspectives and beliefs, is essential for a quality education. Diversity enriches the world through the customs, traditions, and perspectives of various religions, ethnicities, and socio-economic groups, and through individual characteristics such as gender, gender identity, age, race, appearance, sexual orientation, physical ability, and learning profile.
The John Cooper School seeks to empower students as individuals who foster understanding and cooperation and who discourage prejudice and stereotypes. While striving to create a place of learning where all members—students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni—experience safety, respect, and acceptance, the school actively pursues an inclusive climate that affirms individual self-worth and promotes cooperation, in an environment where all individuals are valued for their contributions.
Diversity is an integral part of the educational program at The John Cooper School, as seen through our formal curricula, meaningful dialogue, and educational events, and this commitment stems from the school’s mission to create “…responsible citizens and leaders.” In order to fulfill this aspect of our mission, we must continually educate our community about diversity, so that we may all better contribute honestly and respectfully to today’s global society. Toward that end, the school exercises equitable and inclusive admissions and employment policies, and commits to ongoing attention to and enrichment of diversity issues.
As the community and world change over time, our dedication to diversity will require continued reflection and evaluation. With open minds, we will continue to develop programs and policies that enhance diversity as a vital and important element of our shared humanity. The deliberate actions of trustees, faculty, administration, and staff will help sustain Cooper as a school that values every individual for his or her unique perspective and contribution.