Equity and Inclusion
DEI Goals and Objectives at Commonwealth
- Ensure every student, regardless of background, thrives while enrolled and graduates prepared to do work of distinction after Commonwealth and in the communities they go on to serve.
- Teach, model, and encourage open and skillful discussion about questions of race, class, gender, and religion, in and outside class.
- Ensure our curriculum not only exposes students to a wide array of cultures and voices but cultivates a desire to engage fully with the works of diverse people.
- Make education and discussion across ethnic, religious, and social spectrums a part of the school routine and cultivate a culture that encourages all to participate meaningfully in the academic life of the school.
- Empower students within the community to advocate for themselves and respond constructively to conflicts and challenges.
- Ensure that financial assistance to families extends beyond meeting demonstrated need for tuition and fees to include resources, as needed, for standardized testing, tutoring, travel, summer experiences, and independent projects.
- Develop outreach and communications programs that will raise Commonwealth’s profile in historically underrepresented communities.
- Make every effort to find, attract, and retain faculty, staff, and board members from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, with one goal of the process bringing on board individuals committed and eager to play a role in advancing DEI.
- Actively work to make all families feel welcome and enfranchised, and provide orientation to help them understand the culture and expectations at Commonwealth.
Connect With Us
Should any member of our community—student, alumnus, parent, faculty or staff member—have concerns or feedback regarding equity and inclusion at Commonwealth, we encourage them to reach out to Mónica Schilder, teacher and member of our InCommon DEI leadership team.
Meet the Team
Access and Affordability
- For the 2020-2021 academic year, Commonwealth granted over $1.4 million in financial aid. The average financial aid grant is $31,072.
- $10,000 in additional annual technology grants are made available to eligible families and can be applied to purchasing a MacBook Pro laptop, printer, and software at a reduced cost. On average, participants paid $370 for this package.
- $25,000-$40,000 annually goes to professional tutoring for students.
- $25,000-$40,000 annually typically goes toward Chatfield Cultural Scholarships so students can participate in travel and exchanges, as well as travel-related independent projects (when public health conditions permit travel).
- Discounted standardized testing and public transportation passes are also available to students with financial aid grants.
Student Life and Support
With our student life programming, we hope to celebrate our differences, provide safe spaces, and amplify diverse voices so all students feel seen, heard, supported, and respected.
Watch: Roy DeBerry ’66
Our first assembly speaker of the 2020-2021 school year, Roy DeBerry ’66, co-founded The Hill Country Project, which collects oral histories from Benton County, Mississippi, residents who lived through the civil rights movement and survived its traumas. In this talk, he shares some of those stories and discusses the importance of passing on the lessons of the past to future generations.
Dive In Commonwealth
- U.S. History explores deeply the role of racial oppression and economic inequity in the unfolding narrative of the country’s history.
- Spanish students explore questions of class and identity through the study of Latin American history and culture, as well as the portrayal of its people in literature and film.
- A revitalized English 11 curriculum focuses on Black voices in America and their explorations of race; it features James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Terrance Hayes, Langston Hughes, and Kiese Laymon.
- Modern Islamic Societies immerses students in the culture of countries such as Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey, as they explore the richness and diversity of Islamic life in today's world, from art to food to family life.
- Our ninth-grade City of Boston course focuses heavily on themes of inclusion/exclusion, class, white privilege, gentrification, environmental racism, and the limits of the market in resolving issues of access and equality.
- Readings and Ethics explores race and identity formation through reading from Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, while Michael Sandel’s Justice introduces such topics as affirmative action and reparations for slavery.