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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: 

Image reads: Equity and Inclusion Statement. Synapse School is committed to developing an inclusive community and a safe learning environment for students, families, faculty and staff members regardless of race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, socio-economic status, family structure, faith, ancestry, national origin, medical condition, or genetic information. We honor, respect and celebrate all differences, both visible and invisible. We believe that all students benefit from learning to value, engage with, and understand diverse perspectives as a way of increasing empathy and creating positive change in the world.

2023-2024 Initiatives

We initiated a partnership with East Ed in 2019 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 an EID framework to evaluate our curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment.
  • A partnership with Peninsula Bridge to support historically underrepresented students in the high school transition process.
  • The creation of safe, non-judgmental, and supportive learning environment for students, staff and parents. 

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.