Diversity and Inclusion

Viewpoint is committed to enrolling an inclusive and diverse student body, and the Admission Office actively seeks students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate a range of talents and interests and who possess an intellectual curiosity, a high level of motivation, and an eagerness to become involved in our community.

Our 1,200 students represent a rich variety of racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds from around the world.  Students of color represent one-third of the overall student body. Additionally, over 70 countries of the world are represented in Viewpoint’s parent body.

It is our belief that a diverse community is grown through authentic dialogue that builds relationships while developing strong personal identity. We strive to understand and engage issues of difference, privilege, and oppression so that all voices in our community are aware and empowered. Viewpoint is dedicated to reflecting the diversity of our world, both visible and invisible, to ensure a safe environment. We do this, not just for ethical reasons, but because a diverse classroom creates the most powerful and effective learning environment.

Viewpoint fosters the belief that through exploration and greater understanding of experiences and perspectives outside of our own, we come to a greater understanding of ourselves. Identity investigation and achievement are associated with higher self-esteem, increased critical thinking, and advanced moral reasoning. Viewpoint is committed to reflecting all diversity, both visible and invisible, within our curriculum to ensure every voice is heard and to foster a welcoming and safe environment. We do this with the understanding that a diverse classroom and curriculum create the most effective, authentic, and powerful learning environment and best prepare our students for the global world.

Diversity Statement 

Viewpoint School is committed to building an inclusive community of teachers and learners who reflect and welcome the diversity of Southern California. The School teaches with respect the wisdom and traditions of the world’s cultures and faiths.

Viewpoint defines a diverse community as one which embraces students from a wide range of family, socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, and religious backgrounds. The School affirms that students should learn in an environment that reflects the world in which they live and will pursue their professional careers.

The Board of Trustees, Head of School, and faculty actively promote strategies and policies that support diversity among all of the School’s constituencies. 

Affinity Groups 

Together PPDI facilitates a large list of Affinity groups. Parents are facilitating the larger parent groups, while student are run by Viewpoint Administration.

click here to see our full list of affinity groups!

click here to see our student led affinity groups and clubs

Parent Partnership for Diversity and Inclusion (PPDI)

PPDI celebrates and recognizes the cultural diversity of Viewpoint School.

Sponsored by the Viewpoint School Service Association (VSSA), our committee full of passionate parent volunteers host activities designed to enhance cultural awareness, to foster diversity, and to promote compassion throughout our community.

PPDI is a parent group to connect and support people from all affinity groups to strengthen our shared experiences so we can deepen our understanding of one another.

We believe that this process helps weave together the fabrics of diverse communities into a stronger whole.

Contact us:

LeRhonda Greats

Titles: Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Life
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Mayanthi Jayaratna

Class of 1999
Titles: Teacher of PS Library, Coordinator of Diversity & Inclusivity in the Primary and Lower Schools
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Lizzbeth Melendez

Titles: Teacher of Social Studies in the Middle School and Coordinator of Diversity in the Middle School
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Jacob Rivers

Titles: Teacher of English in the Upper School/Coordinator of Diversity in the Upper School
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