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Georgetown Day School

Private K-12 School

Mailing Address
4200 Davenport Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20016
Phone
(202) 295-6200
School Information
"Georgetown Day School is a coed, preK-12, non-sectarian private school in Washington, DC with small class sizes and a diverse school community. Our comprehensive, progressive curriculum is known for experiential and hands-on learning, college-prep level math and STEM courses, and innovative programming. GDS teachers focus on providing an individualized education for each child, from elementary grades through high school. The school’s performing arts program includes theater, dance, and music. The athletics program offers competitive sports for student athletes, including cross-country, track, soccer, lacrosse, and crew/rowing. With our strong commitment to financial aid, an independent school tuition is affordable." The school enrolls 1,075 students, employs 232 full-time faculty members, and offers courses in "arts, humanities, and sciences." (Source: https://www.gds.org/) (Source: https://www.gds.org/about/at-a-glance)
General Information
Georgetown Day School said it will mandate "annual anti-racism education for all faculty/staff." The school also announced that second grade students "examined the races and ethnicities of the people in their lives." Elementary classes "also read A Kid's Book About Racism by Jelani Memory and Race Cars: A Children's Book about White Privilege by Jenny Devenny to unpack the concepts of racism and unearned privilege."

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school will "Launch curriculum review to identify social justice standards and curriculum connected to identity, diversity, inclusion and justice."
  • The school announced, "Students examined the races and ethnicities of the people in their lives by creating a beaded bracelet as they listened to prompts about their family, neighborhood, movie and book characters, playdates, toys, and the people who teach them at school. Various color beads were used to represent different racial or ethnic identities. Once the students had completed their bracelets they answered questions about their experience making them, how they might feel about wearing it, if (or how) they would want their bracelet to look different, and what actions they might take to make the changes they wanted. The activity, originally created by the National SEED Project, elicited some important personal reflection from the students, who shared some of their thinking in a private writing activity as well as aloud with their classmates." The school also said, "The 2nd grade classes also read A Kid's Book About Racism by Jelani Memory and Race Cars: A Children's Book about White Privilege by Jenny Devenny to unpack the concepts of racism and unearned privilege. In particular, they explored the contrast between overt, “very obvious” racist acts and “not so obvious” but still pernicious racist acts that some people commit without even realizing. They agreed that discussing race and racism is important for children so they can learn to be more intentional in their words and actions, including taking action when they see racism."
  • 3rd graders wrote "I Am From" poems which revealed "many of the most-treasured elements of students’ identity."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The school said that it will "Commence work, in partnership with Board of Trustees, to review, and revise if necessary, current language around community expectations."
  • The school will "Review current disciplinary procedures, including record keeping protocols, and continue annual reporting of disciplinary events and data to the Board." The school will also, "In partnership with independent consultant, identify a restorative justice process for race-related incident reporting and conflict resolution for addressing incidents related to racism and implicit bias as reported by students, families, and/or faculty/staff."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The school said it will "Mandate annual anti-racism education for all faculty/staff."
Resources
  • The school provided "Family And Educator Anti-racist Resources," which include "Doing the anti-racist work" and "White Supremacy Culture."
  • City Journal reports, "Georgetown Day provides an especially extensive 'antiracism' regimen, including an anti-racism professional development theme, 'antiracism' training for faculty and stuff, and an 'anti-racist education program for White families.'"
  • The school's social justice teach-in days featured "Several sessions on music as protest, advocacy, and drivers of social change..."
  • The school hosted a "Tools for Nurturing Anti-Racism and Anti-Bias Attitudes in your Child(ren)" event for Grades 7-12 parents.
  • The school's summer reading included books such as "Stamped (For Kids) : Racism, Antiracism, and You."
Symbolic Actions
  • On August 29, 2020, GDS highlighted an activist who worked towards "the need for young people of all races to lead for change around economic opportunity disparities, police brutality, access to quality anti-racist education, and pervasive anti-blackness." This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On August 21, 2020, GDS responded to a statement about “grading for equity” and stated, “The importance of rethinking traditional grading practices cannot be understated, particularly in this moment.”
  • On August 19, 2020, GDS posted a link to an article about Black Lives Matter.
  • On July 27, 2020, GDS highlighted an alum for his album which “parallelled and advanced the Black Lives Matter movement since its inception, as the reckoning with the legacy of racist stereotypes and language unfolds in the music world.” This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On July 21, 2020, GDS highlighted an event for Black Lives Matter and social justice on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On July 16, 2020, GDS highlighted an event for “racial trauma” in honor of Trayvon Martin on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On July 11, 2020, GDS highlighted Black Lives Matter initiatives, including a reading list and the “Equal Justice Initiative” on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On July 2, 2020, GDS released a list of “The Best Anti-Racist Books for Kids” on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 30, 2020, GDS released a statement outlining steps it is taking to “be more culturally responsive, aware, and sensitive to the needs of Black students, families, faculty, and staff here at GDS.” This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 29, 2020, GDS announced a “webinar opportunity for GenZ girls on racism and privilege” on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 23, 2020, GDS spotlighted an artwork of George Floyd as a Black Lives Matter donation on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 17, 2020, GDS announced an event on Facebook titled, “Parenting in Support of Black Live” as part of its fight for “racial equity.” Ibram X. Kendi, author of “How to Be an Anti-Racist,” was in this event. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 16, 2020, GDS announced a town hall event on Facebook for “How to Raise and Teach Anti-Racist Kids.” This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 15, 2020, GDS announced a summer reading list which includes books discussing social justice as part of the “Equal Justice Initiative’s” founder’s vision. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 12, 2020, GDS highlighted Black Lives Matter protests “from GDS students and alumni engaged in social justice work in order to increase the impact of their leadership” on Facebook.
  • On June 11, 2020, GDS announced on Facebook that it will be undertaking an “Identity Project” on “equity, empathy, and justice” for 2nd graders so that they will “build their anti-racist, anti-bias capacities in their GDS years to come.” This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 8, 2020, GDS posted a video spotlighting a student at a BLM protest for Ahmaud Arbery on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Instagram and Twitter accounts.
  • On June 6, 2020, GDS announced its project for 4th graders to consider “racial justice” among other topics on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 6, 2020, GDS highlighted an 8th grade social justice project for “calls to action” on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 5, 2020, GDS highlighted a CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for children on “Standing Up to Racism” on Facebook. The caption reads “Elmo wants to end racism, too.” This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 5, 2020, GDS announced on Facebook an event for “Talking to Children About Race and Racism.” This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 4, 2020, GDS took to Facebook and announced a panel event on “current events, processing, and healing for individuals standing at the intersection of racism and multiracial identity.” This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 4, 2020, GDS posted a video about steps to combat “racism and police brutality” on Instagram.
  • On June 3, 2020, GDS posted DEI resources for parents on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 3, 2020, GDS made a statement on Facebook saying, “In the past week, we have witnessed a nation in outrage, saddened and furious around the cycle of injustice that continues to target black Americans and undermine the values that our nation espouses.” This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 2, 2020, GDS participated in “Blackout Tuesday” on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On May 31, 2020, GDS announced its event for “Justice for Ahmaud” on Facebook. GDS stated, “guests will discuss their perspectives on systemic racism, policing, accountability, and justice in America.” This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On May 31, 2020, GDS announced its event for a “Gathering for White Anti-Racist Educators” on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On May 31, 2020, GDS made a BLM statement on Facebook. This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On May 31, 2020, GDS stated on Facebook, “Our mission calls on us to stand up and speak out against the pernicious and persistent racism that plagues our country; the racism that makes it possible for the killing of African Americans to be commonplace. Today, we stand up for the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor.” This post was also featured on its Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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