Diversity at Woodlawn

Woodlawn School is dedicated to developing and nurturing a population with social, economic, and racial diversity that reflects the areas around us.  Our student body is not homogenous. Students come to us from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, from families who are wealthy and from families who aren’t. They come from large schools and small schools, public and private. They come with diverse talents, interests and backgrounds.  When they get to Woodlawn, we embrace and celebrate those differences.  

Woodlawn’s mission is to prepare students to be contributing members of a diverse global society. While we offer rare and innovative educational opportunities that set us apart, we encourage and support our students to be a part of their global world, not apart from it. Understanding diversity begins with listening to and respecting people and ideas, and actively learning from others with different worldviews and experiences.

We aim to encourage diversity of thought across all organizational levels on campus.  It must be rooted in the understanding that diversity and inclusion are key components in personal development and in attaining an enriching educational, cultural, and academic  experience for Woodlawn students.

We believe in:

  • an inclusive culture where students, faculty, staff and trustees of all socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, physical ability, sexual orientation, and spiritual practice can thrive and be successful;
  • a work environment where faculty, staff and trustees are valued for their life experiences, varied educational backgrounds, and years of service; and
  • a community that fosters a sense of social responsibility, inclusivity, and tolerance


We prepare our students to become engaged local and global citizens, capable of fully participating in a multicultural, pluralistic society, by providing them with critical insight into a wide range of human experiences.  Through our curriculum and service learning opportunities, students begin to comprehend the interconnectedness of the global population, appreciate similarities, value differences, address community concerns, seek social justice and equality, and expand their knowledge and understanding of those who are often forgotten or neglected by society.