Diversity and Inclusion at NPS

Diversity Statement

National Presbyterian School is committed to being a community of inclusion that respects the uniqueness and dignity of each individual in a manner consistent with the School’s Core Values.

We believe that diversity is more than tolerance or accommodation but is rather an informed understanding and acceptance of people, whose sense of identity is shaped by many factors, which, for example, may be influenced by race, color, or national origin, religion or creed, gender, sexual orientation, family composition, economic status, age, learning style or physical ability.

We believe such inclusivity is an ongoing process that enriches our school community and prepares our children for a global, multicultural world.

We are committed to building a diverse community and supporting students, parents, faculty and staff through classroom instruction, professional development, and extra-curricular programming.

Revised by the faculty and staff of National Presbyterian School and endorsed by the NPS Board of Trustees, September 2016

Diversity & Inclusion News

Students build kinaras from unifix cubes

An integrated lesson for Pre-Kindergarten students that combines Social and Global Studies, Literacy, Fine and Gross Motor Skills, and Math

About the Diversity and Community Committee

The DCC: Many Voices, One Community

Welcome from the Diversity and Community Committee!

The DCC is a standing committee of the NPS Board of Trustees. The purpose of the DCC is to work to build a fully inclusive community and sense of connectedness among all members of NPS. Members include NPS parents, trustees, and faculty/staff. The DCC holds meetings throughout the year and works to organize and promote diversity and community events and initiatives; provide a forum for related conversations; and serve as a resource for all.

Our events have included Community Dinners, Parent Forums, and Socials. Past topics have included discussions around inclusion/exclusion, gender bias, religious misunderstandings, race, socio-economic differences, family structures, best practices with our kids.

Joining the DCC is a terrific way to get to know more parents and teachers and to share your voices.

Everyone is welcome to join at any point in the school year. All involvement, big or small, is welcome and valuable.

Contact the DCC

Wray Muoio, Board of Trustees

Ivette Bohlen, Parent

Catherine Durbin, Faculty

Diverse Book Resources

The Day the Crayons Quit

A lovely picture book whose clever message guarantees you won't see the world in just black and white terms ever again.

Martin's BIG Words

The book selects specific quotes from Dr. King and each page has moving and beautiful illustrations.

Little Rock Girl 1957

Author Shelley Tougas tells a complete story not only of the events in that tumultuous time, but the history leading up to the desegregation efforts and in the decades following.

Silly Mammo

It is a story that truly celebrates diversity of mind, while at the same time exposing non-Ethiopian children to life in rural Ethiopia.

Whoever You Are

Whoever You Are is a lovely picture book that simultaneously celebrates diversity and universal commonalities.


The characters are richly painted and the story delves realistically into issues of family, friendships and fitting in.

For the Love of Soccer!

The story teaches about the love of playing "the beautiful game" and that it takes teamwork to reach goals.

Whistle for Willie

We chose this book because we have come to enjoy the adventures of Peter and his dog Willie.