Anti-Racism and Social Justice
All students in the Upper School are required to complete an Antiracism and Social Justice course as well as a unit of study within their history courses focused on systemic racism. The former is now part of an expanding curriculum and is required of all ninth graders. Sophomores and juniors take The Common Good: An Introduction to Social Justice. This required course expands the scope of topics regarding equality, opportunity, environmental sustainability, and social justice. It concludes with a service-learning project which focuses on ethical leadership and community engagement.
These programmatic developments are not only in keeping with the Academy’s Strategic Plan for Racial Equity and Justice, but they are also in line with the Academy’s very mission statement, which seeks to inspire a diverse community dedicated to contributing to “the common good.” Thayer Academy remains committed to being a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and antiracist institution.