Diversity & Inclusion

A diverse and inclusive school community is integral to our mission.
At The John Thomas Dye School, we are committed to ensuring that our students are prepared to be culturally competent members of society and that every member of our school community feels a sense of belonging.
Diversity & Inclusion in Action
There are three leadership groups within the School working to further the School’s Diversity & Inclusion Vision and Mission.
  • Inclusivity & Diversity Team (IDT)

    This faculty and staff group is co-led by two appointed leaders who hold the position for a two-year term. IDT meets monthly and is responsible for helping coordinate programming that supports our Diversity & Inclusion Mission.
  • Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee of the Board of Trustees

    The Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee, comprised of members of the Board of Trustees, helps set the strategy for the School that supports the Diversity & Inclusion Vision while ensuring that Board and School policies promote diversity and foster inclusion.
  • Collage

    Collage is a joint effort of the JTD staff and the Parent Education Committee of the Parents’ Association committed to engaging parents/guardians in inquiry, conversation, and action related to issues of diversity, equity, social justice, inclusion, and belonging. Read the Charter for Collage ›
A Journey of Continual Improvement
At JTD, we acknowledge that the important work of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a school community is never done, and rather we are on a journey of continual improvement.
By setting annual priorities and tracking progress, we hold ourselves accountable to the goals set forth in our Diversity & Inclusion Vision and Mission. Below are some of the ways we bring these commitments to life.

A Culture of Belonging

  • Social emotional learning programs that foster identity development while honing skills such as empathy, active listening, and conflict resolution
  • Service learning partnerships at every grade level, Lower and Upper School student service learning clubs, and school-wide partnership with Big Sunday, a local non-profit
  • Interdisciplinary Student Success Team that supports and extends learning for a diverse and broad range of students

An Inclusive, Growth-Oriented Workplace

  • Ongoing anti-bias and cultural competence training for all faculty and staff, including community reads
  • Dedicated funding to participate in diversity, equity, and inclusion professional development above and annual allocation of funds
  • Intentional recruitment and hiring processes to ensure a diverse pool of candidates who possess cultural competence skills

A Commitment to Family and Community

  • Annual parent survey as a way to measure community and climate and identify areas of growth
  • Monthly meetings of Collage, a collaboration between the administration and the Parents’ Association
  • Facilitated individual conversations between current parents and prospective parents on topics such as racial, religious, and socio-economic diversity
Diversity & Inclusion Statement
The John Thomas Dye School affirms its commitment to a diverse and inclusive school community as integral to our mission and as an expression of our core values, The 5C’s. Developing and applying cultural competence fosters an inclusive community, deepens learning, and prepares our graduates to understand and appreciate different perspectives in order to thrive in a constantly changing world. We welcome and benefit from the viewpoints of people who differ in age, culture, ethnicity, family structure, language, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

At JTD, we are committed to building an inclusive community that understands and values the diverse world in which we live. We provide a caring, respectful, and welcoming environment in which to work, play, and learn. We actively seek to attract and retain students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of backgrounds. We continuously strive for growth through professional development and ongoing curriculum review. We promote an appreciation for all people, and we strive to create responsible, global citizens.

In the Spotlight

List of 3 news stories.

  • Celebrating Día de los Muertos

    By Kate Merritt
    If you were to step foot into John Dye Hall on November 1, you would see a festive display of photos, candles, colorful flags, and decorated sugar skulls. Over the past few weeks, JTD students have been preparing an ofrenda for Día de los Muertos!
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  • JTD Community Celebrates PRIDE Month!

    By Kate Merritt
    At Morning Assembly on June 1, students in Grade 6 shared the importance of PRIDE month and the why we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in the month of June. A few days later, we invited JTD students to honor our JTD LGBTQ+ families by adding rainbow accessories and rainbow colors to their school uniforms.
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  • The power of speaking one’s truth and acknowledging the experience of others

    By Rose Helm
    Last night at the State of the School, I reflected on this past year and all of the events that have brought us together, as well as those that have pulled us apart. Of course, there was the literal isolation we experienced when we shut our campus doors in mid-March 2020. Nearly overnight we went from donning animal prints at the Special Event to being shuttered in our homes and glued to the news. We have seen events borne of fear and ignorance -- most recently with a rise of anti-Semitic hate crimes across the U.S. and here in Los Angeles -- that have caused harm to groups of people in our community and our nation, as well as our collective identity.
    Continue reading ›
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Collage, a group for JTD parents

We've enhanced the parent experience by creating a safe space for open conversations about a topics that affect our community.
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The John Thomas Dye School


11414 Chalon Road
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 476-2811
The John Thomas Dye School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Located In Los Angeles, CA, John Thomas Dye is an independent school for grades K-6. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.