Creating and maintaining an inclusive community that
welcomes, respects, values and benefits from individual differences is
an important goal at Pembroke Hill. One of five initiatives of the
school’s strategic plan, this goal is reflected through school policies,
educational programs, activities and daily practices.
accomplish this, the school has formed a diversity Board of Trustees
committee that includes representatives from the parents, faculty and
staff, and student diversity organizations. This group reports back to
the Board on its goals and accomplishments each year.
Members of the school community are very diverse, geographically, socioeconomically, racially and religiously.
come to PHS each day from all over the metropolitan area – 75 different
zip codes. They live in the central part of the city, Lee’s Summit,
Olathe, Liberty, Overland Park and Kansas City, Kan. Our students are
equally divided between Kansas and Missouri.
While the school
does not compile statistics on religious preferences, we do know that
families in our community identify themselves as Christians, Muslims,
Hindus, Jews and Buddhists. And there are other families who do not
associate with any organized religion.
Numerous families in our
school community call countries other than the United States their
country of origin. Families come from all parts of the world, including
Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, Mexico and Russia. These
families are strongly encouraged, and many do, share their experiences,
customs and language with the Pembroke Hill community.
school’s total enrollment of 1,173, there are 590 boys and 575 girls. This year, 255 PHS students are students of color. This number
represents 23 percent of our student population. The diversity of our
faculty and staff is another priority of Pembroke Hill. Currently, 14 percent
of our teachers, staff, assistants and coaches are persons of color.
students are members of Pembroke Hill multigenerational families;
others are the first in their families to attend PHS or any independent
school. Twenty-one percent of our students are children of alumni. Our
students live in a variety of family situations: two-parent homes,
single-parent homes. Some children are living with extended family such
as grandparents, aunts and uncles. Others are living in blended
The school assists families in the form of need-based
financial aid and a limited number of small merit scholarships. This
year, approximately 240 students are receiving over $2 million in
In addition to striving to create a
diverse community, the school is also dedicated to providing an
experience for our students in which there is an understanding of and
appreciation for other cultures. This goal drives daily decisions
concerning the curriculum – the books our students read, topics they
study in social studies, the artists and musicians they research, the
music and drama they perform, and the languages they learn. It is also
reflected in the materials our teachers use and the discussions they
lead. Visitors to campus, such as assembly speakers,
artists-in-residence and visiting authors, are often selected based on
their diverse experiences and knowledge. The assembly programs in all
divisions are used to promote cultural understanding – some examples
include Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Veteran’s Day, World
Music and Latin America Day.
Students also gain an understanding
of the experiences of others through a school-wide commitment to
community service. Students, of all ages, participate in activities
such as book collections for a partner school in Kansas City, bake sales
for an Asian orphanage, holiday Adopt-A-Family programs, service trips
to New Orleans to work with Habitat For Humanity as well as numerous
community service projects by individual upper school students who must
complete 60 hours of service during their upper school years.
student exchanges also help Pembroke Hill students meet students from
other schools and cities. Middle and upper school students participate
in UNITOWN. The upper school hosts several student exchanges with AFS
(both year-long and short-term), and schools in France, Germany and New
At the upper school, there are opportunities for
students to participate in clubs, whose missions are to promote
awareness and understanding, including Common Ground and A.W.A.R.E.