Vistamar Experience

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Equity & Inclusion at Vistamar

 
Embracing diversity was central to the founders’ vision for the Vistamar community in 2005. Fifteen years later, it remains a guiding principle. Today, Vistamar attracts and enrolls one of the most diverse student bodies in the greater Los Angeles area. Our students come from over 50 zip codes and more than 60 schools, with nearly 49%  of students who self-identify as students of color and approximately 30% on moderated tuition.
 
From the start, values of equity and inclusion have profoundly shaped Vistamar’s multicultural curriculum, vibrant student co-curricular life, and lively family engagement and educational programming. From signature school events like Taste of Vistamar, which celebrates our multicultural heritage through food, and Soulful Celebration, which honors Black history and culture, to a robust selection of student affinity and interest groups led by student leaders across campus, life at Vistamar reflects our authentic and ongoing commitment to promoting healthy social identity formation as well as the shared values that unite our community.
 
Vistamar also strives to serve as a leader among Los Angeles area independent schools. By hosting Admissions outreach events to families of color and organizing community outreach events such as the Multicultural College Fair for college-bound students of color throughout the greater Los Angeles region, Vistamar demonstrates its dedication to ensure all students, no matter their background, have access to a world-class education.
 
Following a Diversity Climate Assessment, our faculty and staff are renewed in their commitment to ensuring that all students and families feel welcomed and equipped to thrive in our community. Based on recommendations from the climate assessment and building on solid foundations, our top priorities include supporting ongoing efforts to recruit and retain excellent teachers of color, designing inclusive co-curricular programming for all Vistamar students, and increasing our outreach and engagement with all Vistamar families.
 
 
 

Our Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

Vistamar School was founded on the principle that diversity of thought and culture encourages authentic exchange of perspectives, mutual respect, and a mature understanding of the world. We learn more in an environment where preconceived notions are continuously challenged by fellow students, faculty, staff and families who come from different backgrounds.  We have livelier class discussions, engage in deeper learning and develop greater empathy as a result.

DEI Contacts











Elle Wong
Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
ellewong@vistamarschool.org










Annie Thompson
Ass't Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
anniethompson@vistamarschool.org
Vistamar School is a private independent high school in the South Bay region of Los Angeles.

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