Commitment To Diversity, Equity And Inclusion
We wholeheartedly believe that we have a responsibility to our students to provide more equitable opportunities and experiences that will foster their understanding of each other, help them develop into thoughtful members of a diverse community and prepare them for an increasingly globalized society. Staying true to our core values of respect, compassion, scholarship and integrity mandates that we lead in this work and approach it with cultural humility, sincerity and determination.
Members of the school community are very diverse, geographically, socioeconomically, racially and religiously.
Families come to PHS each day from all over the metropolitan area – 78 different ZIP codes. They live in the central part of the city, Lee’s Summit, Olathe, Liberty, Parkville, 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 to share their experiences, customs and language with the Pembroke Hill community.
Of the school’s total enrollment of 1,163, there are 609 boys, 553 girls and 1 non-binary student. These students represent a variety of socioeconomic, religious, ethnic and racial backgrounds; students of color represent 30 percent of the school 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.
Some students are members of Pembroke Hill multi-generational families; others are the first in their families to attend PHS or any independent school. Twenty 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 families.
The school assists families in the form of need-based financial aid and a limited number of small merit scholarships. This year, more than $3.7 million in financial assistance has been awarded to 25 percent of the school's students.
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, Latin America Day, India Day and Asia 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, holiday Adopt-A-Family programs, service trips abroad as well as numerous community service projects by individual upper school students who must complete 60 hours of service during their upper school years.
At the upper school, there are opportunities for students to participate in clubs, whose missions are to promote awareness and understanding, including Common Ground, AWARE, International Club, Peer Helpers and Spanish Club,