A key part of our mission and philosophy at Graland Country Day School is to prepare students to be engaged citizens and thoughtful leaders. We believe this includes teaching empathy, understanding and appreciation for all the differing backgrounds and viewpoints that individuals offer. Graland’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity seeks to support our entire community of adults and students, as well as foster students of strong character. At Graland, our diverse community is one that embraces and celebrates the rich and unique qualities of each individual, characteristics that may include differences of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, ability, and religion.
Graland’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity grows out of the School’s longstanding commitment to intellectual excellence. We value critical thinking, cultural awareness and language proficiency as essential components of an education that prepares students for the global society in which they live. Our goals include embedding multicultural education in the curriculum, teaching students to treat other people with kindness and understanding, helping students identify and dispel stereotypes, developing a respect for diverse experiences and perspectives and enhancing students’ appreciation of the richness of our society.
Our students’ leadership skills will be determined to a great extent by how easily and comfortably they are able to work closely and collaborate with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. To that end, we help our students understand, learn from and connect to the broader community through our programs, our commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment on campus and a variety of enriching service-related projects. We believe that through involvement with a broader community, our students learn to become responsible, thoughtful contributors to society.
Graland Country Day School is committed to diversity and inclusivity within our community, and will strive to uphold:
the right to obtain an education in an environment that is respectful of differences;
the right to curricula, educational and instructional materials that are inclusive of diverse perspectives;
active recruitment and maintenance of a diverse student body, faculty, staff, and administrators.
As someone who attended Denver Public Schools through eighth grade and received full scholarships to Kent Denver School and Northwestern University, I have devoted my life to serving under-resourced students and students who are socially isolated and under-represented in their schools.
number of affinity groups bringing Graland parents together
Year that fourth graders first hosted Special Olympics-style games for their DPS special buddies.
Examples of Inclusivity Work at Graland
Administration • Director of Equity and Inclusivity • Strategic Plan and Mission • NAIS Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism Survey • Diversity and Inclusivity Philosophy and Policy
Professional Development for Faculty/Staff • Diversity and Equity Cohort • Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity Program (SEED) • NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute • NAIS People of Color Conference • Gender Spectrum Conference • Future of Diversity Symposium
Student-Focused Work • Student Support Team (SST) • Student Support Team Buddy Program • Connections Student Group • STAMP Conference • Grade 8 Civil Rights Trip • Student Affinity Groups
Parent and Community Groups • School Climate Advisory Committee • GPA Equity and Inclusivity Committee • Parent Affinity Groups • CIRCLE Conference
Graland Country Day School
55 CLERMONT STREET DENVER, CO 80220 303.399.0390
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.