About Tenacre

Diversity & Inclusiveness

Tenacre values inclusiveness and diversity—and our curriculum reflects it. From pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, we work with children to guide their understanding and appreciation of our different cultures, religions, races, genders, socioeconomic differences, and family structures. We prepare our students to be good global citizens with a deep awareness of the importance of history, geography, and current events. We study other cultures, other languages, and other points of view. That is one of the many ways we create caring citizens.

Staff Opportunities

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  • Annual Faculty/Staff Trainings

    Tenacre provides annual professional development around diversity for faculty and staff. In addition, all faculty and administrators are required to attend an intensive 3-day diversity workshop at some point over the next two years. 
  • Faculty/Staff Diversity Group

    Faculty and staff sign up to work more deeply on a specific topic each year. Time is set aside at every faculty meeting for conversations about diversity and inclusiveness issues.  

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    Jaleesa Anselm 

    Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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About Us

  • 26% students of color
  • 18% students on aid (close to $1 million in financial aid each year)
  • from 31 towns and 5 neighborhoods in Boston
  • 9% faculty of color

Student Opportunities

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  • Affinity Groups

    Stuversity: Stuversity offers students of color in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade an opportunity to come together in an environment where they make up the majority. Topics explore how race and identity might apply directly to them. Past topics have included: What does one's heritage mean? How are different stereotypes displayed in movies, books, and music? Do assumptions hurt or help you?

    Girls Group: The Girls Group is open to girls in the fifth and sixth grade and considers the experience of being a girl at Tenacre and in society in general. Topics have include the exploration of athletics, math classes, and media ads.

    Boys group: The Boys Group is open to boys in the fifth and sixth grade and considers topics related to being a boy at Tenacre and in society in general.
  • Additional Opportunities

    Multicultural group: Tenacre offers a Multicultural group, a group for all 5th and 6th graders who are interested in multicultural issues and in exploring the rich cultures that exist at Tenacre and in our larger world. Past topics include what is culture, the importance of language, stereotypes, and what is a home.

    Stuversity: The primary purpose of this discussion group is to provide a time and place for students of racially diverse backgrounds to come together in an environment where they make up the majority. It is an opportunity for those students to discuss how race and identity apply to themselves and others in the community. The group strives to create an overall positive experience for all students at Tenacre. See our Stuversity page.

    Conferences: Tenacre 6th grade students who are interested can attend the Middle School Diversity Fair and the Middle School Children of Color fair.

Parent Opportunities

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Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day.