Community Belonging and Engagement

Our Vision

St. Anne's welcomes and respects all forms of diversity, including age, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. Children, families, and faculty from diverse cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles clearly enrich the lives of one another on our campus, and St. Anne's continues to value and appreciate these contributions, talents, and varied perspectives.  Without these, our educational program, our community and our children's experiences would be incomplete.

Our Program

Our Founding Sisters cared for the needs of children suffering from polio and tuberculosis in the early days of St. Anne’s.  Every child was welcomed inclusive of race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, family structure, religion, ability, and other identities.  

As our school emerged from its origins as a convalescent home for children, the Sisters recognized the unmet needs of those who were underserved by the public school system. Mother Irene championed differentiated instruction, saying, “You just need to teach them the way they learn." This firmly established the cornerstone of our foundation, emphasizing the notion that teaching must flexibly accommodate the myriad ways in which students learn. Since its very beginning, our school has stood as a bastion of social justice.

Presently, we uphold the enduring values of St. Anne's, which encompass community, curiosity, faith, compassion, and humility. These principles are the cornerstone of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion which we call Community Belonging and Engagement. The commitment to Community Belonging and Engagement extends seamlessly from our classrooms to our wider community.

The essence of our program lies in its alignment with our historical roots. Just as the Founding Sisters cared for the marginalized, our program strives to foster a sense of belonging for all individuals. We recognize that the work undertaken within our classrooms echoes beyond those walls, reinforcing our dedication to equality and inclusion.

Belonging in Action

The Affinity and Alliance groups at St. Anne's create a space for students, parents, and caregivers who share similar backgrounds and experiences to come together in a secure environment. Here, they can openly share aspects of their histories, fostering shared connections within their community. Through these gatherings, we aim to facilitate a greater understanding of individual and collective narratives. Our goal is to offer a secure platform for significant, personal conversations that enhance a sense of belonging within our community, while also fostering a sense of ownership and pride in one's own identity.

One St. Anne's mission is to craft dynamic and captivating programs and events. Deeply rooted in the legacy of the Sisters and our St. Anne's heritage as a haven of inclusivity, One St. Anne's strives to nurture a cohesive community that thrives on diverse and compelling elements. Every facet within this tapestry holds significance, contributing a valued voice to the enrichment and vitality of St. Anne's. As our institution and the global landscape evolve, the enduring tradition of a warm and all-encompassing ethos will persist and flourish. This nurturing and protective journey finds expression through the initiatives and aspirations of the One St. Anne's committee.

Director of Community Belonging and Engagement

Miriah Royal

Director of Community Belonging and Engagement
Joined St. Anne's: 2023