An Anti-Biased, Antiracist School and Community

City Garden Montessori School recognizes that racism and privilege are present in our culture and our school. We recognize the need to 1) become aware of the manifestations of racism and privilege in our own lives, in the systems we create and support, and in our culture, 2) work as a team to dismantle and reorganize the systems that support racism and privilege, 3) actively support each other and our families to acknowledge, honor, and appreciate differences, and 4) incorporate anti-biased education at every level of our school.

City Garden Montessori School takes a progressive approach to transforming education that holistically critiques and responds to discriminatory policies and practices in education. Our school and our approach to education is grounded in ideals of social justice, education equity, and a dedication to providing educational experiences in which all students reach their full potential as learners and as socially aware and active beings – locally, nationally, and globally. City Garden Montessori acknowledges that schools are essential to laying the foundation for the transformation of society and the elimination of injustice.

The underlying goal of City Garden Montessori School is to affect social change. The pathway toward this goal incorporates three strands of transformation:

  1. the transformation of self;
  2. the transformation of schools and schooling; and
  3. the transformation of our community, city and society.

Anti‐bias/anti-racism education promotes learning about each other’s differences, invites children to be proud of themselves and their families, teaches students to respect and honor difference, recognize bias, and to speak up for what is right. Anti-bias education not only addresses race and ethnicity but also includes gender, language, religious diversity, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities, and economic class. Anti-bias education takes an active, problem-solving approach that is integrated into all aspects of an existing curriculum and a school’s environment. An anti‐bias curriculum promotes an understanding of social problems and invites students to invent strategies for improving social conditions.