Adopted May 2021
Amended by Hassana ’24, Drew ’24, Gabrielle ’24, and Stella ’24 on behalf of the Class of 2024
As a community we honor the legacy and voices of indigenous peoples. This land is forever connected to indigenous worship and heritage; to steal this land and erase indigenous legacies and voices is- the ultimate disrespect to the history of their rich cultures. In acknowledgment of that erasure, we are here to passionately communicate with the utmost respect, an acknowledgment of the indigenous land that our school sits on.
Stoneleigh-Burnham School acknowledges that we are situated upon the stolen ancestral homelands of the Pocumtuc peoples. We also recognize our present-day neighboring indigenous nations: The Abenaki to the north, the Nipmuc and Wampanoag to the east, and the Mohican to the west.
We acknowledge the history of genocide and forced removal here, like the massacre at Peskeompskut. We honor and pay our respects to the diverse indigenous peoples who stewarded and honored this land throughout the generations before us, who represent the past, present, and future caretakers of this land.
Adopted August 2021
As an educational institution that inspires girls to pursue meaningful lives based on honor, respect, and intellectual curiosity, it is our duty to create a space in which all members of our community feel safe and valued. Central to our mission, Stoneleigh-Burnham School was founded as, and remains a school that supports the education of girls. As a gender inclusive girls’ school we value gender expression and diversity and the school will consider applications from students who identify as girls or who were assigned female at birth.
These guidelines, consistent with the National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS) and NCGS member schools, apply to all Stoneleigh-Burnham applicants. Stoneleigh-Burnham honors that each student’s path is unique and values the safety of all members of our community. As a community, we make a commitment to each other to speak and act with humanity, integrity, justice, and compassion toward a shared goal of diversity, equity, and inclusion.