Equity at GRS
Great River School commits to value the contributions and protect the rights of all people - of every race, gender, culture, religion, ability, and orientation. As an institution, we actively work to prevent and deconstruct systems of bias and prejudice, and recognize that othering and privilege are present in our school and the world beyond. To achieve this, we have accepted the responsibility to 1) become aware of the manifestations of privilege and othering in our own lives, in the systems we create and support, and in our culture, 2) work as a team to dismantle and reorganize the systems that support othering and privilege, 3) actively support each other and our families to acknowledge, honor, and appreciate differences, and 4) incorporate anti-bias education at every level of our school.
As a Montessori school, we take a progressive approach to transforming education that holistically critiques and responds to discriminatory policies and practices in education. Our school and our approach to education is grounded in ideals of social justice, education equity, and a dedication to providing educational experiences in which all students reach their full potential as learners and as socially aware and active beings – locally, nationally, and globally. Great River School acknowledges that schools are essential to laying the foundation for the transformation of society and the elimination of injustice.
Great River School commits to value the contributions and protect the rights of all people - of every race, gender identity, ethnicity, culture, religion, ability, and orientation. Through this, we can achieve our underlying goal of creating and supporting responsible, engaged community members. As an institution, we actively work to prevent and deconstruct systems of bias and prejudice. We’ve split the pathway toward this goal into four major tasks:
- the reflection of and growth within one's self;
- the building and strengthening of personal student/teacher relationships;
- the reconstruction of systems of education; and
- the transformation of our community and society
Our method of teaching strives to make students proud of their identities and creates an environment for mental health through self-directed learning.
This equity statement was drafted and published by GRS students in Equity Occupations.