Mission & Values
West Sound Academy supports students along an engaging educational journey where they can ignite their unique spark and learn to use it to make a positive impact in the world.
Our community is stronger and more resilient when we have many ages, stages, backgrounds, ethnicities, languages, social identities and financial means represented in our student body, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees. Diversity brings varied perspectives to our entire community, along with creative and innovative thinking and approaches to life.
West Sound Academy values:
- Thinking, speaking and acting outside of ourselves
- Demonstrating empathy and compassion
- Developing deeper understanding
- Exploring with curiosity
- Engaging with different perspectives
- Collaborating and drawing out the strengths of one another
- Truly listening
Diversity and inclusion are what WSA embraces because it is who we are. We continually re-evaluate our school, curriculum, community and more to guarantee a truly inclusive environment in which all members of the West Sound Academy community can learn, live, work and thrive.
WSA is committed to facilitating change through promoting knowledge, open-mindedness and continual learning. In our community, respect for all racial and social identities, viewpoints and perspectives is a human right…as is forgiving mistakes, having grace for one another and being uncomfortable in the pursuit of growth.
West Sound Academy is a globally-minded school centered on creating and communicating knowledge and ideas across geographical, cultural, and linguistic borders. We believe that part of developing impactful individuals means that we prepare students to engage as global citizens. Multilingualism is an essential skill. We support language acquisition for all to engage beyond our current environmental context and to explore and more deeply understand different perspectives.
Inclusive Access Policy
WSA makes learning experiences accessible for all, including IB Diploma Programme courses. Teachers use universal access best practices. The Student Success Director coordinates inclusive arrangements (accommodations) for enrolled students who need them on a case-by-case basis.
Please visit our LibGuide: Resources for Exploring Race, Racism, and Racial Identity for help with examining this topic. This guide provides links to resources for students, parents, and educators that can help them explore our past, present, and future and build awareness and knowledge - on topics ranging from the history of race in America to materials on anti-racism. This is a time for listening and learning, and a time for difficult conversations on race, equity, and inclusion.