About Tenacre

Diversity & Inclusiveness

Tenacre is a diverse and inclusive school that serves a wide range of students. Because our students live in a diverse and ever-changing world, for them to succeed, we must provide them with an education that appreciates, explores, and respects differences and similarities. We must also help them to develop the critical thinking skills that allow for identifying and rejecting stereotypes and prejudice. To achieve these goals, we seek to: 

  • Provide a diverse overall experience for our students by creating a welcoming and safe elementary school environment. Tenacre embraces students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of identities, backgrounds, and experiences that are reflective of the broader world.
  • Engage in equitable practices by providing each member of our community with what they need. At Tenacre, equity is manifest in the importance of empathy, kindness, understanding, and differentiated practice. 
  • Demonstrate our commitment to inclusion by valuing and supporting every community member and all that they bring as their true and authentic selves.
With oversight from The Board of Trustees and input from various other constituencies, Tenacre affirms its dedication to DEI work in part by annually evaluating the policies and practices that govern the school, including the curriculum, admissions process and hiring work.

Staff Opportunities

List of 2 items.

  • 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.  

List of 1 members.

  • Photo of Jaleesa Anselm

    Jaleesa Anselm 

    Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    781-431-8575 x259

About Us

  • 27% self-identified students of color
  • 20% students on aid (just over $1 million in financial aid each year)
  • from 25 towns

Student Opportunities

List of 2 items.

  • Affinity Groups

    Stuversity: Stuversity offers self identified students of color in grades 4, 5, and 6 an opportunity to come together in an environment where they make up the majority.  Deep cross-grade connections are forged and strengthened throughout the year. As a group, students engage in conversations about race, identity, culture, stereotypes, how to build community, and get to know each other on a deeper level.  Students also have the agency to pose questions or discussion topics for the group to think about collectively and for others in our community to explore as well. 

    Wakanda Style: Wakanda Style is a student generated (and named) initiative that offers Black and African-American self identified students the opportunity to examine topics that specifically pertain to their experiences that may not pertain to other students of color.  Children have the opportunity to converse and collaborate with each other around these topics in a space where while their race identity is one of the central foci, they are not looked at as the expert or representative for all people who share their race identity.  Like Stuversity, deep cross-grade connections are forged and strengthened throughout the year, and  students also have the agency to pose questions or discussion topics for the group to think about collectively and for others in our community to explore as well. 

    Girls Can: 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 to Men: 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.

    Conferences: Tenacre 5th and 6th grade students who are interested can attend the AISNE Middle School DEI Conference and the AISNE Middle School Students of Color Conference.

Parent Opportunities

List of 1 items.

Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day.