Mercer Island School District: Education with Equity and Inclusion
(Please note, these pages are still being developed and will be frequently updated.)
Every student deserves a respectful learning environment in which his/her/they racial and ethnic, disability, gender, sexual identity/preference or income diversity is openly valued and contributes to successful academic, social and emotional outcomes.
The District is committed to proactively identifying and correcting practices and policies that perpetuate disparate treatment among children and their families. All students are entitled to the opportunity to succeed and feel valued and respected.
The District is committed to promoting and providing equitable distribution of resources, opportunities, facilities and supports, even when this means differentiating resource allocations on the basis of student needs. Resource allocation that benefits all students shall support the definition of educational equity adopted in this policy while complying with state and federal funding mandates. The District is committed to fostering a learning environment where diversity is encouraged, and to recruiting and retaining a workforce that reflects the diversity of our students and community.
The District will foster learning by engaging students in thinking critically, solving problems creatively, and working collaboratively.
Inspiring our students to be lifelong learners as they create their futures.
Students are the priority. We believe in:
Student-Focused FundamentalsThe Mercer Island School District's Board of Directors systemically measures the District's attainment of Board Policy 1800 OE-1: Student Focused Fundamentals. The Board monitors these five Fundamentals (goals) both quantitatively and qualitatively. Monitoring the Fundamentals allows the Board and the community to contextualize how our educational programs are “benchmarking” its progress toward these Student-Focused Fundamentals and the District’s Values, Vision and Mission contained in Board Policy 0001.This includes Fundamental 5: "Foster and embrace diversity, inclusiveness, and equity with a focus on respect and acceptance of every student."
- Supporting the whole child
- Creating inclusive and equitable learning settings
- Ensuring our school communities are safe and supportive
- Providing rigorous and challenging learning