Diversity and Inclusion

Consistent with the long-held Quaker tradition of equality, the Chicago Friends School believes that all people are equally capable, human, and deserving of inclusion, regardless of race, income, sexual identity, sexual orientation, or religion.

Friends schools have a proud tradition of equality and diversity. William Penn Charter School, the first Quaker school, was founded in 1689. Scholarships to include those of limited means were introduced in 1701, girls were admitted in 1754, and all races were included beginning in 1770.

Chicago Friends School is young, and while we are proud to include many people of different religions, learning styles, income levels, and sexual orientations within our community, on the whole our student body is not yet as racially or ethnically diverse as we would like to be. A working group of staff, parents, and community members formed in 2017 and will be working on how to make the school more truly represent the diversity of Chicago in the years ahead.

This is not a superficial effort. It is done because we know that diversity makes us stronger. When students and adults in the community engage with others from different backgrounds and perspectives as empathetic peers, we expand our understanding of the world and our place in it. This is sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes challenging, but always a crucial part of becoming a fully developed human being. The best tool we have to build a fair, just, and loving future is to help our students learn, strive, and find common ground with many kinds of people.

Nondiscrimination policy

Chicago Friends School admits students of any race, color, creed, religion, national and ethnic origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national and ethnic origin, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies,
scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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