Inspired by a book and a flawed criminal justice system, 8th graders turn learning into action.
Foote School is an intentionally diverse community—racially, economically and culturally. Families come to Foote from greater New Haven and around the world, bringing a range of perspectives and life experiences that deepen children’s understanding about other cultures, as well as their own. We value the diversity of our community in every respect—ethnicity, religion, gender identity, family structure and economic status—as the strength of our school.Children learn best when exposed to diverse people and points of view; numerous studies show that academic excellence and diversity in the classroom are inextricably linked. When children feel valued for their own identity, affirmed and accepted, they perform better academically. Our teachers create inclusive classrooms that foster respect for differences, break down stereotypes and support each student’s individual identity, giving children a sense of belonging.
Our diversity mission is reinforced through our globally inspired curriculum, the student-activity club F-STAND (Foote Students Together Against Negativity and Discrimination), special events such as Unite Through Understanding Day and student affinity groups, as well as MOSAIC (Multicultural, Open-Minded, Supportive, Accepting, Inclusive Community), a committee that brings speakers to campus for stimulating talks
Fourth graders learn about immigration and forced migration through books, songs, films and a trip to the Tenement Museum in New York City. For one project, students read books about the slave experience and sewed colorful quilts to illustrate them.
35% students of color
25% of students receive financial aid
19 languages spoken in homes of Foote families
Assistant Head of School
Beth Mello oversees the school's curriculum development; diversity, inclusion and social justice initiatives; and faculty professional development.