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Inherent in Ruffing's philosophy is a celebration of diversity and respect for the individual differences of all who make up our school community.

Ruffing Montessori School Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Statement:

“The needs of humankind are universal. Our means of meeting them create the richness and diversity of the planet. The Montessori child should come to relish the texture of that diversity.”
– Dr. Maria Montessori

Ruffing Montessori School is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community–one in which everyone is valued, feels safe, and belongs regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, culture, religion, age, ability, socio-economic status, familial status, or sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity.  

Our commitment includes ongoing professional development training for faculty, staff, and the members of our Board of Trustees, using age-appropriate classroom resources, and creating and implementing a response policy that seeks to provide all members of our community with the tools needed to develop a school environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, hate, bias, or fear of retaliation for doing the right thing.  

Peace education is an essential part of Dr. Montessori’s pedagogy.  Our faculty and staff model peace education in their words, actions, and lessons.  Peace education is the foundation for children to develop into healthy and joyful adults who will work to ensure freedom, dignity, safety, equitable treatment, and a fair/equitable standard of living for themselves and others.

Ruffing’s Equity and Justice Committee work supports the Accessibility & Value Initiative of the School’s Strategic Plan:

Accessibility & Value:
We will strengthen our community by ensuring we are accessible, seeking diversity, developing partnerships, and engaging parents and alumni to enhance the value we provide.

Ruffing’s Equity and Justice Committee aims to develop awareness and understanding of issues related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice throughout the Ruffing community. The committee meets monthly to plan and coordinate annual professional development opportunities for faculty/staff as well as parent education events. We know that the success of social justice education depends upon a trusting and open home/school partnership. We encourage families to share their thoughts and experiences with us so that we can learn from one another and grow as a community.