At Acalanes High School we believe that every student deserves to feel welcomed, a sense of belonging, and to see their culture richly reflected throughout our curriculum. There is no place in our district for racism or discrimination of any kind. As a school and district we are committed to fostering an anti-racist environment that is inclusive and welcoming for all.
AHS Equity Plan | Mission, Vision, and Goals
Our site equity plan was developed with input from district staff, site staff, and parent and student stakeholders. The comprehensive plan is linked here for your reference with the general outline of our Mission, Vision, and Goals below.
Vision: Our vision is a positive school climate in which all members of our school community feel welcome regardless of their differences and in which students feel empowered to enter the world as engaged and active global citizens.
Mission: We are dedicated to identifying, implementing, and supporting a strategic approach to building an empowered school community that celebrates diversity and actively opposes dicrimination of race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation, or any other aspect of one’s identity.
Our site equity plan involves four major areas of focus: Culture, Curriculum, Community, Policy.
Culture: Acalanes will establish a positive school climate where all students, staff, and community members treat each other with respect, foster belonging, and actively work against racism and for racial justice.
Community: Acalanes will partner with parent/guardian groups to foster antiracist education and advocacy.
Policy: Acalanes will examine current systems, policies, and administrative practices to identify and implement necessary changes that are culturally responsive and antiracist.
Curriculum: Acalanes will ensure that all students engage in required curricula that fosters an appreciation for a diverse array of cultures and specifically addresses race, racism, and antiracist strategies.
Below are linked resources to highlight and make transparent the work we are doing to combat racism in our schools.
Our policies have been updated to include clarity and transparency regarding our discipline procedures around racist incidents.
We have created a district-wide, site-based Bias Incident Reporting Committee to collect, review and take action on reported incidents of bias including actions of hate, hate speech, microaggressions, and microassaults. This system will ensure more transparency and accountability in our responses to bias incidents and will allow us to collect data from which we can set future goals and areas of focus.
APC is committed to working with our Acalanes parent and student community as well as our staff and our school and district administration to promote a positive school climate at Acalanes that encourages a culture of inclusivity and belonging for all. It is not enough to denounce acts of racism, we must also work to challenge ourselves and our students to be anti-racist every day. The scope of this committee will encompass the full spectrum of diversity including gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and mental and physical ability. Please contact APC Diversity and Inclusion Committee for any interest or questions.
In order to address and overcome institutional racism and barriers to achievement, including implicit or unintentional biases and prejudices, and to eliminate disparities in educational outcomes for students of color, the District shall proactively identify practices, policies, and institutional systems that negatively influence student learning, perpetuate opportunity gaps, and impede equal access to opportunities for all students.
There is no other word in the English language as inflammatory as the N-word. As a district we have developed this response as a statement of solidarity that the N-word is not to be used nor heard on our campus.
We want to support student led initiatives and programming. Check out the work that is being done at the student level.
Schoolwide racial equity lessons in cohort
During Monday cohort meetings, all students have engaged in a 5 part series on race. Topics include:
1. Let's talk about race
2. Race in your life
3. The social construction of race and Implicit bias
5. Cyber-hate and social media
Acalanes Welcoming Statement
At Acalanes, we welcome:
All Races and Ethnicities
All Countries of Origin
All Gender Identities
All Sexual Orientations
All Abilities and Disabilities
All Spoken Languages
You are welcome and safe here.
Black Lives Matter
Our nation’s history, both past and present, reflects the diminishing of, marginalizing of, and silencing of voices of color. At Acalanes, we believe in equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism. We believe that a black person's life and well-being is important and therefore we believe that Black Lives Matter.
Acalanes Inclusivity Pledge; Inspired by the Birmingham Pledge
I believe that every person has worth as an individual.
I believe that every person is entitled to dignity and respect, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or national origin.
I believe that every thought and every act of racial prejudice and other prejudice is harmful; if it is my thought or act, then it is harmful to me and our Acalanes community.
I believe that impact matters in spite of intent. I understand that I will be held accountable for the impact of my language and actions, even if I did not intend to cause harm.
Therefore, from this day forward...
I will strive daily to eliminate racial prejudice and other forms of prejudice from my thoughts and actions.
I will discourage racial prejudice and other forms of prejudice by others at every opportunity.
I will treat all people with dignity and respect
and I will strive daily to honor this pledge, knowing that the world will be a better place because of my effort.