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The Overlake School

Private K-12 School

Mailing Address
20301 NE 108th St
Redmond, Washington 98053
Phone
(425) 602-7011
Email address
lsabino@overlake.org
School Information
"Founded in 1967, The Overlake School is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational, college prep day school. Each Overlake community member is committed to the school's mission to Inspire excellence, Develop intellectual curiosity, Teach responsibility, Embrace diversity and Foster a compassionate community" (Source: https://www.overlake.org/about). Overlake has 530 students, 70 faculty members, and a student to faculty ratio of 7 to 1.
General Information
Overlake has engaged in the movement for anti-racism by creating numerous DEI programs and hosting numerous DEI events. Overlake has enacted faculty and staff training. Overlake is also incorporating DEI into its curriculum. Overlake offers numerous student organizations for DEI. At this time, no mandatory Critical Race Training is required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • As part of Overlake's Diversity Strategic Plan for anti-racism beginning in October 2020, "the Overlake School will design and implement equitable and inclusive admission processes to recruit, admit, and retain a diverse student community with a specific focus on historically underrepresented Black, Latino, and Native American communities and socio-economic diversity."
  • As part of Overlake's Diversity Strategic Plan for anti-racism beginning in October 2020, "the Overlake School will design assessment tools to formally collect data and report on DEI goals. The Overlake School will utilize DEI data to inform policies, strategic planning, and programming."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Overlake has a Diversity Committee that enforces the strategic plan. In addition, Overlake hosts numerous DEI assemblies, workshops, and clubs for students and community members.
  • On September 17, 2021, Overlake announced, "This year there will be dedicated time every Friday for skill building at developmentally appropriate levels around cultural competence."
  • On March 4, 2019, Overlake announced that eight of its students attended the NWAIS Student Diversity Leadership Retreat held in Catlin Gabel School.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of Overlake's Diversity Strategic Plan for anti-racism beginning in October 2020, "the Overlake School will review, evaluate, and design curriculum and instruction with an intentional focus on equity, inclusion, and cultural competency. Cultural competency skill development will be a core academic expectation."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • As part of Overlake's Diversity Strategic Plan for anti-racism beginning in October 2020, "the leadership of The Overlake School will engage in ongoing training and professional growth on social justice, anti-racism, and cultural competency and design policies and practices for equity and inclusion."
  • As part of Overlake's Diversity Strategic Plan for anti-racism beginning in October 2020, "The Overlake School will design and implement an equitable and inclusive hiring process to recruit, hire, and retain culturally competent educators with a specific focus on increasing diversity from underrepresented Black, Latino, Native American, and Asian communities."
Resources
  • Overlake offers definitions for DEI related terms.
  • Overlake's Gibson Scholarship is offered exclusively to African-American students.
  • The school included "Revolution in Our Time: the Black Panther Party's Promise to the People" by Kekla Magoon in its 2021 holiday reading recommendations list.
Symbolic Actions
  • In 2021, Overlake created a Diversity Speaker Series. In addition, "the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is providing student programming at both Middle and Upper School level to deepen engagement for our student community and also involves students as moderators for those engaging presenters." Overlake hosts Thursday diversity programming as well.
  • Overlake "facilitated a panel discussion with various school administrators from independent schools in the Seattle area entitled 'Thriving as a person of color in independent schools.'"
  • On December 7, 2018, Overlake was one of the schools that attended the NAIS People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Overlake states, "The conference is an opportunity for the nation’s independent schools to discover, learn, and discuss efforts to support equity and justice within a safe space for leadership, professional development, and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds."
  • Every classroom on campus has a document posted which states, "Inclusion at Overlake is the active and intentional process of creating and maintaining a school culture that is welcoming and affirming to all. Equity at Overlake is the means by which we build an inclusive community and strive to examine biases, remove systemic barriers, and interrupt inequitable practices."
  • Overlake held a conference in response to the death of George Floyd and also released a statement saying "I urge you to listen to the black community. It’s important to validate the experiences of black people in America and to internalize our stories."
  • On August 17, 2020, Overlake posted a video on Facebook discussing a DEI and BLM webinar that students and alumni held.
  • On June 3, 2020, Overlake announced on Facebook, "The Overlake School will be hosting an online community vigil this evening at 6:00 to lament the lives lost due to racial, economic, and social injustice in our country. We stand in solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters as we lie awake to the toils of injustice that predominantly affect these communities. The vigil will be a time of individual and community reflection as well as a place for community healing."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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