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Marlborough School

Private K-12 School

Mailing Address
250 South Rossmore Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90004
Phone
(323) 935-1147
School Information
"Marlborough is a college preparatory, private middle and upper school for girls located in the heart of Los Angeles. Our independent school prides itself on inspiring middle and high school-aged students to discover who they are, engage deeply in their studies, embrace their communities and lead lives of purpose." The school enrolls 530 students, has a 8:1 student-teacher ratio, and offers 20 Advanced Placement courses. (Source: https://www.marlborough.org/about/history) (Source: https://www.marlborough.org/) (Source: https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1597181442/marlborough/dmcwxdlql0tkdrhcvkfg/2020-2021ReporttoColleges1.pdf)
General Information
Marlborough School announced that all new students will participate in the "Violets 101 orientation program, through which equity and inclusion is an intentional throughline." The program includes "identity work" and "role playing situations when harm is done and how to repair that harm." The school also said that it aims to embed "intellectual inquiry related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation throughout" the curriculum.

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The school announced, "Starting in the 2020-2021 school year, Marlborough will no longer accept the ISEE or SSAT standardized tests for admissions."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school announced, "All new students joining the Marlborough community participate in the Violets 101 orientation program, through which equity and inclusion is an intentional throughline. Each day includes a component that builds on their skills in this realm, including identity work, an opportunity to experience affinity groups, and role playing situations when harm is done and how to repair that harm."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school offers an "Honors Humanities Seminar: Theories & Politics of Race." The course description partly reads, "Putting these personal experiences in conversation with scholarship on race, we will examine the multiple ways in which our lives are racialized. What is the relationship between race and nation-building? Is our legal system racially codified? What is cultural appropriation? How do socio-economic inequalities get organized along racial lines? What does racial justice look like?"
  • The school said that it must infuse the "overarching lens of antiracism" into "each classroom, conversation, program, and process."
  • The school aims to embed "intellectual inquiry related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation throughout" the curriculum to "place all students’ voices at the heart of our work."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The school is "currently conducting an audit of the student discipline process, including renaming it to focus more on restorative practices than punishment, as well as doing a thorough inventory of all school policies using the racist/antiracist lens." Additionally, the school is establishing "a tracking system for incidents of racism and response."
Resources
  • The school said, "We commit to transforming our community so that equity is at the heart of a Marlborough education."
  • The school has student-led affinity groups. The school said of the groups, "Work around equity within diversity is best demonstrated through our affinity groups...These groups openly take on the tremendous responsibility of presenting themes around diversity, equity, and inclusion to the entire school. Within the last two years they have bravely presented, speaking from personal experience, on the topics of microaggressions and identity intersectionality."
  • Marlborough’s Social Justice and Counseling Departments hosted "a healing circle for all students in early June 2020."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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