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Diversity is in our DNA. At Ancona, we believe that diversity enriches the educational experience. Because we live in a multicultural world, children need to learn both about their own culture and about other cultures in order to respect and appreciate the great diversity of human life and to understand and communicate effectively with others.

We believe it is fundamental to our children’s education that Ancona breaks down the barriers of the taboo subject—our differences—and talks about them. Nothing is politely swept under the table, rather, conversations and questions about skin color, ethnic and economic diversity, gender, race, religion, and culture take place every day in the classroom. Our program draws on the cultural diversity of our school’s own population to realize one of Ancona’s most basic aspirations—to provide an educational setting where cultural, ethnic and racial differences are not only respected but appreciated and celebrated.

At Ancona, we talk about issues of diversity. While some communities attempt to teach students to be colorblind, Ancona teaches students to pay attention to the social dynamics in our culture, celebrate what is good, and work to change what is wrong. We have built discussions of diversity and opportunity into the curriculum for all ages. Because potentially disturbing topics are discussed openly, students are free to get accurate information and push back against ideas they find unfair. Our students form diverse friendships. Students at Ancona form lasting friendships that cross gender, racial, religious, academic, and economic lines.

One of the primary goals of the school is to help children understand interpersonal relationships and grow into kind and thoughtful friends and classmates. Peaceful conflict resolution skills are taught throughout the school. Our unwavering commitment to nonviolence is reflected in our Peaceful School Policy. Establishing the cooperation and collaboration crucial to sustaining learning in an open classroom setting is no accident; it is a core element of our curriculum. In almost every discipline, students are expected to work in cooperative groups on occasion. Students learn how to be good partners and positive team members from experiences with one another as well as from direct instruction. Nurturing each child’s sense of agency and personal responsibility is fundamental both to individual well-being and that of society as a whole.
Diversity is in our DNA. At Ancona, we believe that diversity enriches the educational experience. Because we live in a multicultural world, children need to learn both about their own culture and about other cultures in order to respect and appreciate the great diversity of human life and to understand and communicate effectively with others.…
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