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Capturing the heterogeneity of Saint Ann’s succinctly is a nearly impossible task. In all our work we strive to recognize everything that makes our students and faculty and staff who they are. We believe it is paramount that we honor each individual’s agency in determining who they are and what categories or labels, if any, they choose for themselves. At the same time, we collect demographic data on our students and employees in a way that aligns with some outside sources, like the U.S. Census or the National Association of Independent Schools data collection mechanisms, so that we can glean meaningful comparative information. As a matter of principle and practice, Saint Ann’s doesn’t force respondents to choose a label, and always gives an option such as “unknown” or “prefer not to say.” We aim to be as expansive as possible in capturing the nuances of race, ethnicity, national origin (distinct from nationality or country of citizenship), sex, and gender. And of course, data collection methods, designed to be comparable, are by default more simplistic than any narrative or in-depth process. Our reporting on these demographic snapshots will never replace the depth of any individual’s sense of self or the tapestry of the whole institution and community.
In the last few years, the school has focused on increasing the racial/ethnic diversity of the student and faculty/staff bodies. Entry points for students are concentrated in the younger grades, with very little attrition in later years. The chart below illustrates these trends.
About a third of our students receive financial aid or tuition remission. Financial aid awards are broadly distributed in amount, ranging from a few thousand dollars to the full amount of tuition. One of the ways in which this manifests is a more distributed range of socioeconomic status across our families and students, rather than a concentration on either end.
Saint Ann’s strives to be expansive in its understanding of how non-tuition costs affect the experiences of our families and students, and has policies that aim to create equitable access aside from tuition. You can find out more information about financial aid here.
About 5% of students who reported white for race, also reported being Hispanic/Latinx. The figures above exclude those families/students who prefer not to report on race or ethnicity – about 7% of all students.
Faculty and Staff
Of the 295 teaching faculty, administrators, and administrative staff, 26% identify as people of color, including 5 out of 16 senior administrators.
Of the 40 additional employees/staff, 90% identify as people of color. These include buildings & grounds, food service, security, and custodial staff.