Diversity and Inclusion
The CHA community is a vibrant tapestry made up of children, families, and faculty with ties to more than 40 different countries who represent many different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. We strive to create a culture that values and includes every individual and celebrates our many unique differences, and we celebrate and value all people by expanding our understanding of diversity to include all races, cultures, religions, abilities, sexual orientation, age, family structure, gender, ethnicity, economic status, appearance, and any other class protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation.
We are committed to supporting the education of socially conscious and responsible students, and to ensure that equality, respect, and compassion prevail. Because we need to understand and respond to the challenges, needs, and evolving experiences of our students, families, and faculty, our commitment to inclusion is fundamental to our school’s success.
Exploration of holidays, heritage, customs, and traditions is one means of learning from and about each other. We invite families to share their culture, customs, and traditions with us so that we can learn how we are different, how we are the same, and how we are connected. We emphasize learning about each other’s family holidays rather than just celebrating them.
We are not able to explore every holiday, and we want to avoid simply taking a “tourist approach” to skimming the surface of assorted holidays, and thus we welcome opportunities that present themselves organically from within the context of our wonderfully diverse CHA community. We welcome your voice if you have ideas or experiences you’d like to ask us about or share with us.
With our community’s help, we are building this page. As we learn, grow, and change, so will the resources found below. We would advise you to go through the list prior to sharing it with your child to find suitable material.
"We like how both specialists and core teachers teach their subjects with a focus on diversity, cultural issues, historic figures, leadership, etc. For example, they learn about writing opinions by reading a text on Cesar Chavez."
Equity and Civil Rights Information for Families from OSPI
For students and families: Discriminatory Harassment and Students’ Rights
For students, families, and school staff: Complaints and Concerns About Discrimination
State law protecting public school students from discrimination (Chapter 28A.642 RCW)
State law protecting against discrimination (Chapter 49.60 RCW)