Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

Diversity and Inclusion are Part of our Core Values

The French American Academy is committed to fostering a learning environment where diversity and inclusion are appreciated and celebrated.
We consider race, ethnicity, wealth, gender, and other differences as assets to reach growth and success.  

As an International school with a diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and parents, we cherish the values of diversity, inclusion, and tolerance.

Our students thrive in a multicultural environment where they learn, accept, and embrace disparities. Students gain intellectual flexibility and agile minds to manage discomfort, practice teamwork and develop character and honor. As a result, our graduates thrive as culturally aware individuals and become great citizens of the world.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to raise awareness about the rich fabric of our community and ensure a safe and respectful environment for everyone (children, families, teachers, and staff), and to seek the truth in all aspects of life.

We believe that when we honor, support, and strengthen our diversity, we also create a sense of belonging where everyone can thrive and flourish.

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Action beyond words: Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The French American Academy created a Diversity & Inclusion Committee to support equitable and inclusive experiences for all our community membersThe committee meets regularly and is representative of the school’s diversity. The Diversity & Inclusion Committee’s mission is to make recommendations and provide resources or training to faculty and parents. The community also creates events to support a diverse and inclusive culture.

If your want to know more about our actions beyond words, check our blog. 

Inauguration with Dr. Howard Stevenson

During its inaugural event, The Diversity and Inclusion Committee welcomed Dr. Howard Stevenson. He is a nationally recognized expert on race justice, diversity, and inclusion issues. He is Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education and is also Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kesley Tainsh delivering her message about diversity and inclusion to French American Academy's students

Guest Speaker: Kelsey Tainsh

The Diversity & Inclusion committee recently invited Kelsey Tainsh to talk to all students in 3rd grade and up. Kelsey overcome a brain tumor at 5 years old and a stroke at 15 years old. She delivered an inspirational message to our students. More specifically, her message was about:

  • Acceptance and tolerance of others’ uniqueness.
  • The importance of kindness and why it matters
  • Sharing struggles and differences rather than hiding them
  • Turning uncomfortable situations into life-changing opportunities


Frequently Asked Questions

DEIB is important in schools because it helps to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, regardless of their background or identity. This is important because it improves academic outcomes, fosters a sense of belonging and community, and promotes social and emotional well-being.

Students and families can support DEIB at FAA by:

  • Participating in DEIB events and activities
  • Speaking up and advocating for DEIB issues within the school community
  • Educating themselves on DEIB issues and how to be an ally
  • Respecting the diversity of their peers and school community


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