Multiculturalism & Diversity
The inclusion of diverse people at all levels of campus life and the development of programs to support the unique needs of each student is essential to the nature of Sacred Heart Schools. The Office of Equity, Justice, and Multicultural Education (EJME) is entrusted with the implementation of the SHS Statement on Equity, Justice, and Multicultural education. Specifically, in regards to students, it is the goal of Sacred Heart Schools that we recruit, retain, and support students from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. One of the ways that Sacred Heart fulfills its goals is by offering a financial aid program that is sufficient to support each applicant on a need blind acceptance basis. That is, in addition to tuition expenses, SHS has created the Student Assistance Fund to address the non-tuition financial needs of students, such as tutoring or testing, uniforms, cafeteria lunches, school trips, sports equipment, and enrichment classes.
Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton hold as their mission the inclusion of diverse people at all levels of campus life and the development of programs to support the unique needs of each student.
The SHS community is very aware that a major element of creating and sustaining a multicultural community is the development of a solid multicultural curriculum, along with well trained educators, and opportunities to share and celebrate our differences and similarities. To create a multicultural environment of support for all of the members of the community, each of the three schools celebrates the cultural identity of its members throughout the year. In addition to events during the school day, SHS provides other opportunities for all community members to reflect on issues of equity, justice and multicultural education. Some of the issues that are addressed in community forums include, but are not limited to religion, ethnicity, socio-economic class, gender, sexual orientation, learning differences and race.
The Office of EJME offers several services, programs, and workshops for students, parents, faculty and staff at SHS and in some cases, for the community, which include SEED Group, Big 8 Book Club, a EMJE task force, the Women's Group and the Application Preparation Program for the Peninsula Bridge Program amongst others.