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Windward School

Private K-12 School

Mailing Address
11350 Palms Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90066
Phone
(310) 391-7127
School Information
"Windward School is a dynamic college-preparatory school that challenges each student to achieve excellence in a nurturing, inclusive community. Windward teachers, parents, and administrators work together to inspire our students to be responsible, caring, well informed, ethical, prepared, and well balanced young adults." The school enrolls 625 students, has a 8:1 student-teacher ratio, and offers 19 AP courses and 33 Honors courses. (Source: https://www.windwardschool.org/about/mission) (Source: https://www.windwardschool.org/admissions)
General Information
In Fall 2020, Windward School offered Affinity and Open Spaces, where community members engage in "meaningful conversations and activities related to their identifiers" and discuss "issues that support Windward's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity goals and priorities." The school has also updated its Student Handbook and has a form for students to report "an expression of intolerance toward another community member's identity."

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The school's DEI team and admissions team will "work closely together to ensure that the Windward student body reflects the racial and cultural diversity of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The school has updated its Student Handbook and has a form for students to report "an expression of intolerance toward another community member's identity."
  • To cultivate an "Anti-Racist and Anti-Discriminatory Learning Community," the school encourages community members to "immediately report the incident verbally, in writing, or electronically." The Student handbook includes "Antiracism," "Bias," and "Microaggressions" in its "TERMINOLOGY RELATED TO HARASSMENT/DISCRIMINATION" section.
Resources
  • Some of the school's faculty and staff attended "the National Diversity Practitioners Institute facilitated by the Glasgow Group." The NDPI is "one of the leading workshops on how to integrate DEI work into Independent Schools and create a culture where belonging matters. "
  • The school's DEI team had an "Affinity Space Facilitator Training" in August. The facilitator had experience "in conversations about diversity, anti-racism, bias, privilege and power and creates environments that allow for people to discuss these difficult topics openly."
  • The school announced, "The DEI team also plans to use affinity groups, open spaces, faculty collaboration time, parent coffees, and alumni meetings to amplify voices and create places of belonging, and to partner with all members of the community to ensure that community members feel seen and heard." The school defines an "open space" as "'opt-in' affinity spaces that occur once a month during seminar or community time." Affinity groups provide "a 'brave space' in which its students and adults can explore issues of shared identity and experience and are afforded the opportunity to affirm their emotional and intellectual responses to being part of a distinct subset of the larger Windward community."
  • In 2021, the school held events, such as "Pop Culture Images and Race" and "Courageous Conversations & April 2021 Cultural Competency."
  • The school offered Affinity and Open Spaces in Fall 2020, where community members engage in "meaningful conversations and activities related to their identifiers" and discuss "issues that support Windward's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity goals and priorities."
  • The school sent representatives to the National Association of Independent Schools's "People of Color Conference" and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference.
  • The school provided resources, including "Understanding White Privilege," "White Fragility" by Robin J. DiAngelo, and "How to be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi.
Symbolic Actions
  • The school has a DEI initiative.
  • The school said, "We have created opportunities for this year for individuals to explore their own identity..."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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