Cedar Hill Preparatory School is a heterogeneous school with more than 22 countries represented between the students and teachers. Our goal is to embrace cultural diversity in order to enrich our students, to enable them to succeed in the real global world.
There are five dimensions to multicultural education according to Kincheloe and Steinberg’s taxonomy of Multicultural Education-
- Content Integration
- The knowledge construction process
- Prejudice Reduction
- Equity Pedagogy
- An Empowering School Culture and Social Culture
Quoting Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United States
“Tolerance, inter-cultural dialogue and respect for diversity are more essential than ever in a world where people are becoming more and more closely interconnected.”
“People of different religions and cultures live side by side in almost every part of the world, and most of us have overlapping identities which unite us with very different groups. WE can love what we are, without hating what-and who-we are not. We can thrive in our own tradition, even as we learn from others, and come to respect their teachings.”
At Cedar Hill Preparatory School we are fortunate to have a team of administrators, teachers, and parents who consciously practice and preach being cohesive and one community. Please read what our teachers and students have to say about being at Cedar Hill Preparatory School
CHP is successful in creating a school community. The house system, the active PTO and administration all work toward making CHP an environment that is positive and nurturing. Through this positive environment at CHP we are able to value each student and be “culturally responsive.”
Cultural differences do not get in the way of our teaching; we embrace our student’s cultural differences and make them an integral part of our classroom through understanding our own culturally based beliefs, values and biases, and understanding the cultural backgrounds of our students. We teach in a way that develops positive classroom relationships, structure the learning so students make real-world connections between themselves, their classroom and the subject matter. One area where we have encountered challenges in the past is when students have limited English language. We need to make modifications and accommodations to address these students learning needs.
At Cedar Hill Prep, diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. Each individual person is unique and within our diverse culture there are dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, physical abilities, religious beliefs, and ideologies. The exploration of these differences is in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. We embrace and celebrate the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
Our students embrace and enjoy all learning. Our curriculum content and teaching strategies consider the age span of children, individual differences in learning styles, and diverse backgrounds and cultural differences.
Beginning in preschool, our students are given Cooperative and collaborative learning activities that foster social skills, social acquisition and concept development. However, it was difficult for some of my kindergarten children to understand that when learning about Thanksgiving and referring to Native Americans as Indians, we weren’t talking about Indians from India.
We have a well-balanced literacy program with curriculum content that is integrated across traditional subject areas especially for communication skills speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Our students are happy and excited about learning. They look forward to what will happen next. I think the best way to learn is to make the topic enjoyable and to create an environment in which students can have a good time while they learn.
– Ruth Sulitzer – Kindergarten Teacher/Director of Admissions
We enjoy sharing & celebrating our different traditions and delight in realizing how similar many of them are. We also gain strength and comfort from the knowledge that although our cultural traditions may be different, our basic human values are so similar. The students operate as one close-knit extended family. I am always so impressed with their ability to reach out to one another in time of need; their ability to work cooperatively; their desire to share their thoughts and experiences. There is no apparent division based upon ethnicity. Actually, now that I am thinking about it, I have never taught in an environment that did not have a diverse ethnic base!
– Karen Yurman – 4th-Grade Teacher
Diversity means that I forget the color of my students as I teach – black, white, or otherwise, I have to be reminded sometimes that we are different because we are all so comfortable learning together. I was once asked to recommend an African American child for a scholarship. I was quite startled and blurted out that I didn’t realize she was African American. She was just another talented student to me. There is no room for bigotry or small mindedness or intolerance when teaching such a diverse group. I’ve learned so much from my students; I can’t imagine teaching in a non-diverse environment anymore!
Occasionally, language gets in the way. I have to remind myself that other languages may be spoken in the home which influence how students shape words and phrases. This actually makes it more fun when we start studying dialects. I don’t think the cultural differences get in the way of my teaching methods at all. If anything, the differences have made me a stronger teacher. All children form groups and cliques – yet I have yet to see them form cliques around their nationalities. I think they do integrate well together. – Diane Steiner – Middle School Language Arts Teacher
“Cedar Hill Prep gave me the boost I needed coming out of elementary school. I wake up happy to go to school. CHP has given me an appreciation for education. The teaching staff continues to motivate students everyday. My experience in CHP was unforgettable. I will treasure these memories for the rest of my life.”
– Nima Majidi – Class of 2015
Cedar Hill Prep welcomes me, the teachers are nice and there are so many kids with different cultures. I have many great friends, all my teachers both past and present make me feel happy. It is like we are one big happy family.
– Fisayo Odukoya – 4th Grade Student
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