Classroom projects explore diversity, equity and inclusion, many of which are showcased where students can discuss their work with the Church Farm School community. Our students and faculty attend regional and national events, including the People of Color Conference
and the Student Diversity Leadership Conference, that build awareness of varying perspectives, issues facing the world and how we can work together.
Service to others is an annual requirement for Church Farm School students. Whether they’re growing food in our community garden to donate to a food bank, mentoring younger students at other schools or community centers or helping acclimate pets to the adoption process at the local SPCA, making a social impact is central to their student experience.
One of the most popular student clubs on our campus is the Multicultural Club, or M Club. Members sponsor different events each month in celebration of different cultures. Weekly chapel service includes prayers in both Spanish and English. Biweekly assemblies often feature student and adult speakers sharing their cultures — their cuisine, languages and history. Our Gay Straight Diversity Alliance club offers programming throughout the year that engage students and faculty in important discussions.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which we acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. Church Farm School’s SEL program is dedicated to educating our students’ character, habits and emotional needs and is integrated into our curricular work. We meet them where they are, providing them with a variety of lessons and experiences.
Connecting to our Episcopal Identity
The Episcopal Tradition at CFS is committed to the principles of good practice for equity and justice established by the National Association of Episcopal Schools
. Through our core values of respect, responsibility, integrity and brotherhood, we hold and foster a spiritual commitment to equity and humanity, and seek to learn from others across the world’s faith traditions.
Continuing Our Mission
The goal of Church Farm School is to see our graduates go on to college and earn their bachelor’s degree in four years. For many of our students, they are the first in their family to go to college. With that in mind, we launched our Alumni Success Program in 2016 with seed funding from the Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation
, the Hamilton Family Foundation
, the Church of the Redeemer and the Charter Foundation as a way to engage and support recent graduates, ensuring they graduate from college.
The program maintains connections with 200 Church Farm School graduates, and provides support, mentorship and guidance to help keep them on track.