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Inclusion & Anti-Bullying

Inclusion and anti-bullying matter. Huntington-Surrey understands.

Most schools want to create a safe, inclusive environment, where nobody  feels mistreated or left out. They do their best, but due to their size and the impersonality of the mainstream model of education,many inevitably fall short despite their efforts. Incidents might slip past their notice. Targeted students could fall through the cracks. Or, worse yet, some environments may even tacitly condone bullying and harassment, allowing prejudice, stereotypes, and toxic attitudes that limit effectiveness at keeping students safe and able to focus on learning.

 

Huntington-Surrey aims to be different. We focus on two key areas: top-notch college-prep academics; and a community based on deep inclusion, personal support, affirmation, and respect. We accomplish things that may often be simply structurally impossible at larger, less-individualistic high schools.

 

At Huntington-Surrey, inclusion is part of our lived reality, every single day.  How do we facilitate this reality? First, our small student body and class sizes mean that there is little opportunity for students to slip through the cracks. Second, our emphasis on knowing and supporting every student as an individual means that we can focus on the best way to address conflicts: working hard to identify and defuse potential situations. In other words, we strive to solve problems before they can actually become problems.

 

Our strong belief in healthy conflict resolution and anti-bullying means that we work proactively to support positive interpersonal relationships and take seriously situations where a risk of bullying might emerge. When people come together to learn and collaborate, disagreements may arise – Huntington-Surrey aims to empower our students to problem-solve in a spirit of mutual respect.

We’re proud of that. We care about keeping it true.

Many students who’ve been bullied, stalked, excluded, or mistreated elsewhere find a home in Huntington-Surrey. We want them to experience a safe alternative – an academic garden where they can grow, thrive, and blossom.

 

At Huntington-Surrey, we want you to relax and settle into your most positive self. We’re not here to judge or condemn you – we just want to help you reach your fullest academic potential and make sure you’re well-prepared to succeed in college and beyond.

 

It would not be easy to find a school that matched Huntington-Surrey’s culture of respect and inclusion – in fact, we’re the first and only high school to join the Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

 

Huntington-Surrey understands that you can only expect academic success in a supportive, conducive environment that strives to provide a meaningful, uplifting alternative to bullying, exclusion, mistreatment, and other distractions.

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