At Lancaster Country Day School, we celebrate diversity and the vibrancy that disparate backgrounds, perspectives and life experiences bring to campus life. Moreover, we believe these differences to be an essential part of the LCDS curriculum.
As a college-preparatory school, it is our highest goal to produce graduates ready not only for college, but for navigating, understanding and participating in the broader world, into which college is just the first step.
Our diversity manifests itself in many arenas, and strengthens us in every one, whether collaboration in the classroom, on the playing fields or pursuing service opportunities in Lancaster city. Students lead the effort through the Middle and Upper School Diversity councils, while teachers and parents make their own contributions in the Equity & Inclusion Faculty Working Group and the Parent Community Council, which sponsor events such as international author appearances, cultural celebrations and diversity speakers.
LCDS continues to welcome and affirm students, parents, faculty and staff of all backgrounds, and we as a community are committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and social group, feels at home at Lancaster Country Day School. From the toddlers in preschool to seniors heading off to college and all the adults who work with them, we aspire to be a community that hears all voices and values every individual’s unique, formative experiences.
Economic — 33 percent of students receive need-based tuition assistance
Geographic — Students from six Pennsylvania counties, 38 school districts and 9 international countries including Bhutan, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya and Russia
Race — 33 percent students of color
Religion —Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, agnostic and atheist
Students play an integral role in encouraging our school to be a more equitable community. Upper School clubs meet weekly to discuss topics including diversity, mental health, gender concerns, refugees, immigration, etc. Annually, the upper school Gender and Sexuality Alliance facilitates Day of Silence, a day-long vow of silence to symbolically represent the silencing of LGBTQ students. In addition, students express their points of view through the 4th Estate student newspaper and in school assemblies. In the fall of 2018, the Middle School instituted its own Diversity Council; currently one third of the middle school population meets monthly to talk about diversity and inclusion.
LCDS is committed to engaging the whole community in diversity matters, including faculty and staff. The school offers a wide range of opportunities for leadership and learning in multiculturalism, equity, and inclusion and the administration supports the ongoing growth of faculty and staff in the areas of diversity through professional development. Faculty are encouraged to attend conferences and speakers are invited to lead professional day discussions. In 2017, a faculty working group convened to study ways to engage students and adults in discussions of equity. This group initiated the first roll out of the NAIS Assessment of Inclusion and Multicultural Survey (AIM) in 2019.
The Parent Community Council (PCC) is open to all LCDS parents and offers a safe space to talk about their experiences. The PCC also serves to facilitate communication between parents and the school community on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. They meet in homes and at school, host book clubs and sponsor speakers for the school and the wider Lancaster County community. The PCC is devoted to creating, nurturing, and integrating cultural, racial and ethnic diversity.
Mika McDougall moved from Hawaii to Pennsylvania in 1997 as a journalist for The Associated Press. She has been a parent at LCDS since 2012 and is a founding member of the Parent Community Council, a grassroots parent group that is committed to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion. She believes that making friendships and connections across lines of differences makes a stronger LCDS community.
At Lancaster Country Day School, we view the diversity of backgrounds, identities and perspectives within our community as a source of collective strength. In pursuit of our central mission to develop thinking individuals who engage the world meaningfully, diversity allows us to develop among our students both social and global awareness, moral responsibility, and an appreciation of differences. Correspondingly, we value every student, parent, and staff member regardless of race, religion, gender or beliefs as an integral part of our community.
-May 9, 2011 | LCDS Board of Trustees
Student Equity & Inclusion Clubs
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Middle and Upper School Diversity Councils
Strive to promote equality and appreciation for all gender, racial and sexual identities
Gender and Sexuality Alliance
Dedicated to providing essential resources to all students, particularly creating a supportive environment for LGBT+ students and spreading knowledge to all in the community.
Feminists Unite Now
Pushes for equality between all genders while educating our community about the injustice women face everyday around the world.
Refugee and Immigrant Service Education
Provides a cultural exchange every week for both Lancaster refugee/immigrant/ESL students and LCDS students.
Raises awareness of the warning signs of depression. Aevidum is an expression of assurance from one person to another person meaning, “I have your back”