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Head's January Message

January 20, 2017

How does it feel to be a student at Burroughs?

This morning we administered a survey which asked students that question. Specifically, we asked for their responses around identity – such as socio-economics, religion, gender, sexual orientation, race and age. The survey was built on research done at UCLA and Cornell. All responses were anonymous and will be processed by an independent consulting firm.

Anyone who has attended our admissions open house has heard me say that we want students to bring their whole selves to Burroughs — not to leave any part of their identity at the door. The climate of our school and what we can do to assure everyone feels supported and comfortable are core priorities.

We take great pride in the work we do around diversity, inclusivity and cultural competency. By the numbers and by objective assessments — such as our own parent and alumni surveys and instruments developed by ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States) and NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) — we are national leaders. But it is important to lean in and ask those who matter most — our students — about their perceptions and their experiences.

— Andy Abbott