Inclusion & Diversity
Abintra is an educationally inclusive community. We believe that all children, regardless of learning style or diagnosed developmental disability, including giftedness, can and will learn when given the proper supports. At Abintra, students who present with unique learning needs are integrated in the classroom with their typically developing peers. In addition to individualized learning plans for all students, Abintra employs a full-time special educator, as well as additional support staff, to assist students and families by providing additional instruction, guidance, and support materials.
Abintra has worked to ensure an environment where all families and students can feel safe and accepted by participating in community diversity initiatives. In 2008, Abintra received a grant from the Brooks Fund to start a Family Diversity Initiative, which addressed diversity and acceptance both in family configurations and in individuals by providing education to staff and parents around language regarding non-traditional family configurations. Abintra continues to maintain an inclusive environment by updating our diversity library and teaching an inclusive Human Growth and Development curriculum. Abintra's faculty and staff have participated in Safe Space Training focusing on creating safe and welcoming environments for all students, regardless of gender identity or expression and sexual orientation.
The admission policy of Abintra gives equal consideration to all children, regardless of race, color, creed, sex, religious denomination, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Montessori education is an approach to learning with no distinction of class, culture, or intelligence.
Furthermore, Abintra makes every effort to promote diversity as a value in its curriculum and within its student body and staff. Abintra seeks diversity, believing that a child benefits from learning with children of various backgrounds, learning styles, and inherent abilities.