Equity, Inclusion & Diversity

At Synapse, we believe that equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID), are a fundamental part of an enriching educational experience. We are committed to creating an inclusive community where everyone is welcomed, valued, and empowered.

We do so by fostering a community that openly acknowledges the ways in which all institutions, schools included, perpetuate inequality. We challenge systemic inequity, marginalization, and oppression by practicing empathy, understanding privilege, and exploring creative solutions.

Above all, we foster a sense of optimism and an impetus to make positive change in the world, no matter what the scale. We believe this vision, coupled with each student’s growing understanding of our social-emotional learning competencies and our innovation model, will better equip our children to be competent and compassionate change makers.
Statement of Intent: 

2020-2022 Initiatives

We have initiated a two-year partnership with East Ed to take a multi-layered approach to EID. With counsel from East Ed we will be offering the following: 

  • A range of educational and professional development opportunities for teachers, staff, and parents.
  • A close examination of and an EID framework to evaluate our curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment.
  • A support program for historically underrepresented students in the high school transition process.
  • The creation of safe, non-judgmental, and supportive affinity spaces for students, staff and parents. 


Training & Partnerships

To amplify our work, Synapse School is working with, or has received training from, the following organizations:


EID Steering Committee

The EID Steering Committee ushers the strategic direction of our overall EID work. Members include: 

  • Jim Eagen, Head of School 
  • May Duong, Director of Social Emotional Learning
  • John Gregory, 7th/8th Grade Humanities Teacher and Advisor 
  • Carmen O’Shea, Communications and Leadership Partner
  • Randolph Carter, Director of East Ed



The EID Workgroups is a multi-year and multi-pronged initiative involving members of our entire Synapse community.


Synapse School is a member of People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS) and partners with Peninsula Bridge, a Silicon Valley program that provides motivated, low-income students with academic and personal support during middle school years through college graduation.