Community & Diversity
The Office of Community and Diversity at Belmont Hill provides a deep sense of belonging by supporting the School's mission of developing young men of character. The Diversity Action Plan calls for a comprehensive approach to this work and touches every constituent in our community in some way. We seek to notice, support, and leverage the enriching forms of difference in our community while also emphasizing all that binds us. The School's foundational idea of Working Together articulates our focus on collaboration and conversation among everyone. Finally, Belmont Hill offers a unique opportunity to do this work specifically within the context of a boys school. As is the case in many areas of learning within a boys school, we have a unique environment in which one can explore new ideas and grow.
Our motto of “Working Together,” is meaningful only if every boy on this campus feels a genuine sense of belonging: that he is loved, cared for, cherished. In order to fulfill our mission of developing men of good character, we must foster an environment in which empathy, compassion, and understanding thrive so that all voices are welcomed, listened to, and respected. We must be willing to walk in our brother’s shoes. This is how we best learn and grow here on the Hill.-Caleb Collins '93 Director of Community and Diversity
-Gregory J. Schneider
Ronald M. Druker '62 Head of School
Belmont Hill School
Principles of Inclusive Teaching Practices
- Our relationships with our boys form the foundation of the Belmont Hill experience.
- We craft multiple pathways for students to engage in and participate in their coursework, and we strive to foster a classroom culture that values each member’s contributions.
- We seek to engage students in open dialogue and challenging conversations, acknowledging each member’s potential barriers to engagement.
- We respond productively to and learn from moments that run counter to the school’s inclusivity standards.
- We set clear expectations for all students. Recognizing that every student is different, we strive to help each work to his fullest potential.
- We reflect on, share, and challenge our own perspectives, biases, and gaps in understanding to improve our craft, and we recognize the role that self-awareness plays in fostering an equitable and inclusive school environment.
- We model and promote the importance of curiosity and life-long learning.
- We work to ensure that our students see themselves valued in our curriculum and our community.
As a school, we invest fully in achieving the goals of this aspirational statement on inclusive teaching practices to foster student achievement and develop young men of good character.