Our Commitment

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The Foote School values the diversity of our community in every respect—ethnicity, religion, gender identity, family structure and economic situation—as the strength of our school. 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 understand that academic success and emotional wellbeing are inextricably linked. 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. 

As a school, we are committed to listening, to understanding others’ lived experiences, and to working toward greater equity in our community and academic program.

The Foote Unity Project

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.

Foote Facts

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39% students of color

25% of students receive financial aid

19 languages spoken in homes of Foote families

Meet Beth Mello

Beth Mello
Assistant Head of School

Beth Mello oversees the school's curriculum development; diversity, inclusion and social justice initiatives; and faculty professional development.

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