Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DEI Vision Statement

We believe that a diverse and inclusive learning environment is integral to achieving academic excellence. Sheridan’s commitment to diversity is grounded in our school mission and the principles of progressive education. We offer a curriculum that promotes social justice and challenges prejudice, within a school culture that embraces and celebrates difference. We recognize and value the fact that experiences that come from diversity in gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, family structure, age, and ability contribute to a Sheridan education. We ultimately strive to prepare our students to understand the nature of a complex world and to thrive in a multicultural global society.

Social Justice Education

Social Justice Education at Sheridan goes beyond mere statistics, figures, and programs. As a school dedicated to providing a strong foundation in social justice, we challenge our students in all of their classes to become advocates for justice. We encourage students to envision a world where positive change is possible today. Our entire curriculum content and pedagogical strategy are carefully crafted to help students recognize the injustices in our society and brainstorm innovative solutions.

Building Belonging

At Sheridan, we collectively set aside time to purposefully reflect on the factors that enhance and exemplify our shared sense of belonging. Our  community is deeply committed to justice, firmly believing that fostering inclusion and, ultimately, a sense of belonging, empower us to be catalysts for positive change.

Affinity Groups and Learning Spaces

Students, staff, and our entire community are given opportunities to participate in affinity groups and learning spaces. In these spaces, we seek to intentionally affirm experience and identity through defined purpose. We strive to create joy and belonging for those living within the fringes, knowing that as a result; our entire Sheridan community is better.  Some of our Affinity Groups and Learning Spaces: 
  • Students of Color
  • Staff of Color
  • Anti-Racist Learning Space for Staff 
  • LGBTQ Staff
  • New Students to Sheridan
  • Adoption Group
  • Worry Busters (for students with anxiety)
  • Friendship Group/Social Skills 
  • Banana Split (for students whose parents are divorced or separated)
  • Only Children
4400 36th Street, NW  |  Washington, DC 20008  |  (202) 362-7900
Founded in 1927, we are a vibrant K-8 progressive school with no more than 230 students, an engaged community, and a fierce commitment to both equity and diversity.