Fessenden’s stated values —
Honesty, Compassion, and Respect —
are the foundation of our inclusive educational approach. Our uniquely diverse community, which spans the globe, brings together students from a multitude of cultural, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and family experiences. Our effort to create a diverse and inclusive environment has its roots in the educational mission of the school, and also supports our belief in the advancement of social justice and equity in our world.
Fessenden’s movement to become an inclusive global learning environment has been intentional and grounded in an understanding of the educational needs of the students we serve. The world we live in today, shrunk by technology and digital communication, requires a deeper understanding and appreciation of differences, as well as the ability to interact with people of varied backgrounds and cultures. We are proud to offer such richly diverse experiences.
Our students meet regularly in groups designed to increase their fluency and understanding of sensitive topics. Affinity groups, multicultural groups, and topical discussion groups afford our boys the chance to share a broad range of perspectives and opinions about myriad issues pertinent to their growth as students and citizens. Presentations by our international students bring the world to our door. Fessenden’s character education curriculum puts students in touch with matters of importance in the school as well as in the world at large. Guest speakers relate their experiences and information on a variety of subjects: from racial justice to gender roles, from disabilities to bullying. Classroom lessons explore these topics from a scholastic point of view. Parents are encouraged to contribute and connect with each other through adult affinity groups, such as AKIN, and by volunteering to be part of our Parents Association multicultural committee, FAME.
Supported by our generous professional development program, faculty and staff attend numerous workshops and conferences, seeking the knowledge and skill they need to guide our students in their quest for proficiency in our multicultural society. We create an environment in which boys can freely ask hard questions about issues they face, gaining understanding and respect for the differences that exist in their own community. We want them to build confidence and comfort in their own skin, and to be more comfortable with their own identities so they can be more accepting of the developing identities of others.