Inclusivity at Highland


Highland is committed to a culture of inclusion that promotes a school climate and community of character that enables everyone to “thrive, lead and serve.” To articulate and affirm this commitment, Highland has adopted an Inclusivity Statement to stand alongside its Mission Statement:


Highland School is committed to a culture of inclusion that affirms the innate dignity and worth of every individual as an essential aspect of our educational mission. The most enduring learning takes place in an environment where every member of the community feels safe, respected, known, trusted, and valued. We are deeply enriched by sharing different perspectives, traditions, and backgrounds. It is by including everyone in conversations and all areas of school life that we fully prepare students for engaged citizenship and compassionate leadership.

Highland displays diversity in our current student body, which includes first-generation college students, international students from six countries, children of alumni, and every ethnic group in our seven-county region. Highland pursues equity in providing tuition assistance to more than half of our student body so students who can benefit from a Highland educational experience have access to do so. Highland sustains a culture of belonging by placing personal relationships at the forefront of our approach to education, student programming, staff professional development, and community outreach.

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  • Inclusivity at Highland School

    In November 2020, Highland created and delivered a webinar at the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) Annual Conference. The webinar, entitled “Building School Inclusivity: A Case Study.” was presented by Margie Kuzminski, Director of Upper School; Matt Ormiston, Director of Middle School; and Dr. Nate Zuckerman, Upper School Social Science Teacher. The presentation told the story of Highland's Inclusivity Statement, how it was conceived, and how it  lived out at our school.

    To learn more about inclusivity at Highland, we invite you to view a recording of the presentation. To view the video, click on the link below:

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  • Inclusivity in Action

    At Highland, inclusivity lives in the words we choose to speak and live by, in the things we choose to learn and discuss together, and in the relationships we form and the actions we undertake both within and beyond the school community.

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    • Take a closer look at inclusivity in Highland School life.
    • Learn how faculty have developed professional skills to promote inclusivity.
    • [would be great to have student or alum spotlight / testimonials here, though we don’t have those yet!
  • Faculty Development

    Highland faculty and staff engage in regular professional development. We use consistent and regular training to affirm our shared values and language, stay abreast of current events and best practices in pedagogy.

    As part of this, we challenge ourselves to be reflective, curious, open-minded, humane, empathetic and courageous in the skills we use to help students “thrive, lead and serve in a diverse and dynamic world.” Here are some highlights from recent workshops and professional network-building: 
    • In October of 2022, Highland faculty welcomed Coach Pamela Malone of the Positive Coaching Alliance, who helped us think through the parallels and connections between athletic coaches’ and classroom teachers’ approaches to building strong school culture and student relationships through positive motivation strategies.
Highland School is a co-ed independent Pre-K2 to Grade 12 day school located in Warrenton, Virginia.