Black history isn't just for February at Foote. But Black History Month lets us take a deeper dive into the stories of African-American triumph and tragedy.
The Student Experience
Foote provides a safe space for children to explore the many facets of identity, and diversity in all its forms. Students respect and celebrate differences by exploring a broad range of cultures and perspectives through literature, visiting speakers, community contacts, service-learning projects and co-curricular activities.
From Body Mapping and Persona Dolls in Kindergarten to the ninth grade Comparative Cultures course, students learn about other backgrounds and values while at the same time exploring their own identities. In doing so, students learn to collaborate across cultural boundaries, developing cultural competencies that enable them to meet the challenges of a complex, globalized world.
F-STAND (Foote Students Together Against Negativity and Discrimination) is a student-led club for grades 7 through 9 that works together to promote the importance of being kind, inclusive and respectful. F-STAND meets weekly to discuss topics that will strengthen their own cultural competencies, and sponsors special activities across the grades.
Each year, the school sponsors a number of student affinity groups as forums to explore common experiences and identities. These are voluntary opportunities for children in underrepresented groups to be affirmed and supported. Student Affinity Groups we have hosted:
Children of Color
Oasis - Gender and sexuality diversity alliance group
Children whose parents are divorced or separated
Children with invisible differences
Children who have experienced loss
Student Diversity Leadership Conference
Every year ninth graders attend the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools, where they engage in self exploration and acquire skills to lead the school forward in its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.
The China Program is a unique opportunity for Foote students to connect with students from our sister school in Changsha, China. Each fall, a visiting teacher from Yali Middle School spends a semester at Foote educating students in every grade about Chinese language, history, culture and family life. A delegation of Yali students and faculty visit campus for a four-day cultural exchange, hosted by Foote families. The ninth grade Comparative Cultures course gives students a broader understanding of world cultures. It also prepares them for the capstone event of their Foote experience: a two-week trip to China during which they stay with Chinese host families and visit historic and cultural sites they have studied in class.
Foote’s curriculum introduces students to concepts of justice and bias in age-appropriate ways. After learning about Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic civil rights march, first and second graders wrote about what causes they would march for and decorated their classroom window.
Assistant Head of School
Beth Mello oversees the school's curriculum development; diversity, inclusion and social justice initiatives; and faculty professional development.