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Out of Many, One: The Power of Diversity

E pluribus unum: out of many, one. We've all heard this, our nation's motto, but have you ever stopped to consider what it looks like in our daily lives? As America becomes increasingly diverse, our children must be prepared to work together with those from different backgrounds and traditions. It is a school’s responsibility to foster community where students understand and appreciate differences, allowing them to see the value of many people united by a common goal. Out of many people, we are one school with a shared commitment to excellence.
 
Expanded Horizons 
Diversity not only refers to race, but to religion, ethnicity, culture, gender, and socio-economic background. When a school celebrates the talents and contributions of its diverse population, horizons are expanded and unity is fostered. Students not only grow by being exposed to various backgrounds, but they learn how seamlessly different people can work together. This expands their learning capacity while preparing them to succeed in high school and college, in work experiences, and in life.

Strengthening Academics

Numerous studies show a direct tie between private schools with diversity and academic achievement. Minds that are open to new ideas and regularly exposed to different thinking learn a great deal more than those that are not. When knowledge is shared by teachers and students from different cultures, every member of the school community thrives. Classrooms become rich with discussion and healthy debate. As students progress in their studies, they become adept at articulating their ideas and listening to the perspectives of others. This ability to address problems from different vantage points promotes critical thinking and ultimately higher grades.

Promoting Social Leadership
Leadership and character development are two defining components of a strong education, and diversity helps us accomplish both. If students are trained to appreciate and respect others, they are better equipped to make a positive impact in their world. When we think about the global society that students will soon venture into, we are reminded of the traits necessary for leadership. The ability to connect with others and work together is paramount.

Laying the Foundations for High School, College, and Beyond
When you choose a K-8 school for your student, college preparation shouldn’t be put on hold. The nation’s top colleges are diverse; they seek out students from many different backgrounds. The early exposure to a diverse learning environment makes all the difference. Even in middle school, students can begin to prepare for the rigors of high school and college with a twenty-first century approach. Collaboration through group projects with diverse students provides the opportunity to prepare for necessary collaboration in the real world. When students enter a college environment with roommates, peers and professors from a wide variety of backgrounds, they are prepared to seize the opportunities this diversity presents.

Learn More at our Open House
 
At Highlands, diversity and individuality are celebrated. Would you like to experience this environment firsthand? Join us for our Prospective Parent Open House event on October 15, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. If you have questions, give us a call at (205) 956-9731. We can’t wait to see you on campus!
 
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Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

For more information, visit www.highlandsschool.org.