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 Inclusiveness
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About Us

  • 25% students of color
  • 20% students on aid (close to $1 million in financial aid each year)
  • from 27 towns and 3 neighborhoods in Boston

Student Opportunities

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  • 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 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.

    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

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Tenacre nurtures and challenges each child, every day.