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Noble and Greenough School

Private K-12 School

Mailing Address
10 Campus Drive
Dedham, Massachusetts 02026
(781) 326-3700
Email address
School Information
"The Nobles community is a thriving, inclusive, joyful community where our students are inspired by dedicated teachers, coaches and mentors to reach their highest potential each and every day. Our rigorous academic, arts and athletics programs are coupled with a strong support system, where students are well known, challenged and cared for by our faculty throughout their day." The school enrolls 630 students, employs 137 faculty, and offers 106 elective courses. (Source: (Source:
General Information
Noble and Greenough School has implemented an anti-racism initiative. The school will be evaluating its curriculum "through a DEI lens." Additionally, it will be "requiring DEI professional development for all employees." For instance, the Middle School faculty designed "Race, Inequity, Power and Systems" (RIPS), where students "used an anti-racist note-taking framework to answer questions about and form a more complete understanding of their topic."

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The school will offer "professional development opportunities in diversity, equity, and inclusion" for faculty and staff.
  • In Fall 2020, the school implemented "Required student programming Grades 7-9" to "ensure that every Nobles student is equipped with knowledge, skills, and resources essential for our entire community to have a shared understanding of our core principles around equity and inclusion." The school stated, ": The 7th and 8th grade Personal Development courses have been reformulated over the last several months using the lens of identity and inclusion. The new curriculum will be implemented this fall." Additionally, "All 9th grade students will have a semester-long course through our Personal Development program led by the Social Justice Leadership Institute (SJLI) beginning this fall...The purpose of this pilot program is to provide our students with a deeper understanding of systemic issues around race, religion, class, gender, and sexuality; tools to recognize and interrupt microaggressions; and opportunities to promote personal identity development."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Middle School faculty designed "Race, Inequity, Power and Systems" (RIPS). According to the school's website, "Students used an anti-racist note-taking framework to answer questions about and form a more complete understanding of their topic, examining it through the lenses of history, political equity and social injustice."
  • The school stated, "We aim to push the school to be an innovative and flexible institution with the constantly changing world by committing to ongoing evaluation of our curriculum through a DEI lens; by requiring DEI professional development for all employees, we give faculty and staff the tools necessary for growth and innovation."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The school said that it will "share a public document with our students, faculty, and staff that explicitly states our principles around core DEI tenets, including our approach to violations of those norms."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The school said it will "implement a DEI professional development requirement for faculty and staff." The school also said that it will be "using our dedicated on campus professional development days this year for furthering our DEI work." Training themes include "Implicit Bias Training" and "Facing History and Ourselves." Additionally, the school has begun "White Anti-Racist Work."
  • "Nobles faculty, staff, parents, guardians, administrators and trustees" attended a talk by Ibram X. Kendi, titled “Go Beyond an Awareness of Racism, Contribute to the Formation of a Truly Just and Equitable Society."
  • "10 faculty and staff members and six students" attended conferences, which discussed ways to "advance equity and justice around racial and ethnic identity in independent schools" and "ways to teach social injustice and inequality without creating a racial divide; and ideas to incorporate discussions of identity."
  • The Putnam Library assembled a "racial justice resource guide," which includes the 1619 Project and Kendi's "How to be an Antiracist."
  • The school hosted an educator whose areas of expertise included "cross-cultural communication, gender and race issues, coalition-building, identity development and anti-bullying" to talk about having "courageous conversations in divisive times."
  • The Students United for Racial Justice and Equity (SURJE) "led assembly with stories of resistance and offered some solutions. The program began with an explanation of the Pyramid of White Supremacy, which portrays the building blocks of systemic racism."
  • The school invited a speaker whose "view of abolitionist teaching is applying the boldness and creativity of visionary social movements to the field of education."
  • The school was one of the sponsors of the National Partnership for Educational Access's 2021 "Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Symposium."
Symbolic Actions
  • The school's website states, "The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s guiding principles: accountability, justice, belonging and a commitment to growth and learning, inform our practice while deepening and strengthening our community by providing concrete and clear goals for our community members."
  • The school defines "equity" as "as ensuring fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for people, while simultaneously working to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups."
  • On July 6, 2020, the school announced a webinar to “learn more about the Putnam Library's racial justice resource guide, and how the library team works to increase equity, inclusion and awareness at Nobles.” This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 5, 2020, Nobles announced on Facebook that its “Nobles library guide to Resources for Racial Justice is live.” This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 2, 2020, Nobles retweeted a statement saying, “We confront once again the stark inequities and destructive racism that have threaded throughout our nation’s history. What can you do to make a difference? Lean in, reach out, and do something to care for those most hurting in the face of these injustices.” This post was also featured on its Instagram account.
  • On June 2, 2020, Nobles highlighted an event called, “Working for Justice, Equity, and Civic Agency in Our Schools.”
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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