Chesapeake Montessori School guides children and adolescents in their development to become confident, respectful, kind, and independent individuals with well-developed powers of reasoning and a joy for learning. Using Montessori theory and practice of individualized learning in a whole-school community, we are committed to creating rich and healthy environments indoors and outdoors that provide intellectual, academic, social, and emotional preparation for life.
Statement on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)
Black Lives Matter protests highlight systemic racism that exists in our society. Other systemic inequities stemming from national origin, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, socioeconomics, age, and disability, and other statuses, exist as well. These injustices are real, and they present real-life challenges for individuals, both in society-at-large and in our school’s community.
We are committed to aligning our school’s policies with the goal of confronting racism and other systemic injustices, inequities, and biases, in order to create an equitable environment for our students and our community. That goal is consistent with the Montessori principles of respect, peace, and justice. It is also aligned with our school’s mission to guide children to become confident, respectful, kind, and independent individuals.
Accordingly, we acknowledge and value our community’s diversity in all its forms. We consistently strive to ensure the inclusion of different viewpoints, and aim to foster constructive dialogue and discourse on challenging topics. We pledge to foster the education of our community about racial bias, and bias in all its forms–both conscious and unconscious. We recognize that this type of work is difficult and ongoing.
The History of CMS’s DEI Work and Contact Information
In the fall of 2017, while taking part in a three-year self-study process guided by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools, CMS formed a group of staff, faculty, and parents to address diversity, equity, and inclusion. This group became the DEI Committee, which has furthered this important work on an annual basis. If you would like to contact a member of the DEI Committee and voice a comment or concern, please do so using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org