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At the International School of Monterey, our mission — to educate all children toward becoming conscientious, compassionate, and responsible citizens of the world — inspires us to create a better future. Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are values that guide our work with staff, students, families, and the community toward a culture of belonging.

Our vision is a world of understanding. The need for more understanding — across borders, cultures, races, socioeconomic classes, religions, genders, sexualities, physical and cognitive abilities, and other differences — has never been greater. ISM is committed to fostering this culture of belonging, which deepens cultural competence, appreciation, and empathy for all. 

The world’s future is in our children’s hands. We create academic support for students to think freely, listen critically, believe in themselves, develop their potential, respect and support others, practice empathy, advocate for all, and connect with the world.

We are an IB World School, where multiculturalism is both a defining characteristic and our greatest strength. Our inclusive approach to education strives to remove or reduce barriers so that every student can fully participate. Inclusive education happens in “a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, support, and problem-solving involving the whole school community.”

Students came up with ISM’s motto, and we believe it is at the heart of our JEDI commitment: The world is our home. We will make it better.

Definition of Terms:

  • Justice: Eliminating barriers to resources and opportunities in the school community so all students can have a valid and fair educational experience. (Please view this website for an in-depth explanation of the difference between equality/ equity/ justice)

  • Equity: Distributing resources and support to ensure every student has access to the same opportunities and resources they need to succeed, acknowledging and addressing existing advantages and disadvantages.

  • Diversity: Recognizing and embracing the various differences among students, including their backgrounds, cultures, abilities, and experiences, which can contribute to a richer and more inclusive learning environment.

  • Inclusion: Creating a welcoming and accepting school culture that values and respects the voices, perspectives, and unique identities of all students, particularly those who face additional barriers, in order to foster a sense of belonging and full participation.

In 2023-2024, ISM was fortunate to receive a three-year Anti-Bias Grant to continue our work in expanding diversity in all aspects of our work at the school.  


Our first step was to create a five-year Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (JEDI-B) Action Plan. We worked with staff and families to create the plan and then solicited the help of a third-party agency that supports diversity initiatives in schools.  Foresight Strategy Solutions and Dr. Carey Hawkins Ash worked with the administration team to further develop the initial plan and lay out a comprehensive step by step approach for the school community to bring our ideas to life over the next few years. 


We are thrilled to present this comprehensive plan to our community and look forward to working with our educational partners over the next few years to implement it!