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Commitment to Diversity/Equity

Siena’s commitment to diversity/equity is an extension of our long-standing commitment to the different learning styles of our students.  Students with learning differences come from all backgrounds and cultures.  On average, 40% of our students identify as students of color, and our school community is enriched by students and staff from a wide array of ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.  We believe that diversity leads to a vibrant learning environment, and we are dedicated to maintaining a diverse community of staff, students and resources.  The Siena School applies all policies and procedures, including admissions, equally to all students and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

Equity
We understand how our students learn based on extensive research.  With that in mind, we use a multisensory approach that levels the playing field for our students.  As Siena students are creative and strong visual learners, art, photography and color are integrated fully into every class.  In addition to visual aids and interactive manipulatives, experiential learning is key to our students’ understanding of classroom curriculum.  To meet our goal of a field trip each month for every grade, Siena works hard to ensure our students take advantage of the widely-available resources of the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area.  Students learn how their brain works best, and learn to self-advocate for the approach to learning that can help them demonstrate their great abilities.

Academics
Academic resources comprise an essential part of diversity at Siena.  Students read a wide variety of authors, including novels and plays by Chinua Achebe, Dai Sajie, Harper Lee, Richard Wright, Sophocles, William Shakespeare, Lois Lowry and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Field trips and guest speakers also bring a rich array of diverse resources to the curriculum.

Financial Resources
Siena's financial aid program assists 33% of Siena families, with an average grant of $13,000.  The financial aid program assures that students come from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds, and is supported by The Siena School Scholarship Fund.  This fund has raised almost $1 million in the past seven years thanks to generous donations by Siena families, grandparents, friends, and local organizations.  You may donate to The Siena School Scholarship Fund by clicking on this link.  The fund is hosted by The Community Foundation of the National Capital Region.

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