University School of Milwaukee believes that, in order to develop students as leaders, learners, and citizens, we must foster a diverse and inclusive community for students, their families, and our faculty and staff. USM embraces diversity in all of its various forms, including race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation, ability, gender, and age.
This commitment is reflected in our mission statement, which drives us to provide “… an exceptional PK–12 independent school education in a supportive, inclusive community built on the foundation of our Common Trust.” The Common Trust calls for us to treat everyone at the school with respect, trust, honesty, fairness, and kindness.
Recognition of and respect for diverse backgrounds and experiences is fundamental to building a learning community where students learn to think broadly, critically, and independently. We strive to ensure that the uniqueness of every individual is celebrated. We believe all members of this community should feel empowered as they live and work equitably together. Our students leave USM well-prepared for the opportunities of a diverse world because they have been provided with a supportive environment in which to reach their full potential.
We know that our students can only be truly prepared for college and life if they are exposed to thinking and viewpoints beyond their own. And we know that our teachers and staff can only aid in that responsibility when they feel supported and part of this community. As the premier educational institution in the state of Wisconsin, USM has a critical responsibility to create a vibrant school culture that reflects the world our students will help to shape upon graduation and beyond.
We invite you to explore and learn more about the many ways in which we support diversity at USM.