Diversity and Community Life

The Bishop's School promotes an inclusive and compassionate community of students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents, trustees and alumni. We honor and embrace diverse identities such as age, culture, ethnicity, family structure, gender and gender identity, group affiliation, national origin, physical and mental ability, race, religion, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. Because diversity enriches the exchange of ideas, we foster a physically and emotionally safe environment in which different experiences, thoughts and opinions are respectfully expressed and respectfully heard. Such an environment allows every individual to thrive in and contribute to our global community.

Diversity Team

Michael Beamer, Dean of Students
Rachel Ching, Natural Science Faculty
Kim Cooper, Director of Admissions
Laura Cummings, Sixth Grade Team
Brian Fidler, Chaplain
Courtney Flanagan, Visual & Performing Arts Faculty
Al Gomez, Athletics
Mary Ellen Kohlman, History & Social Science Faculty
Ben Lah, College Counseling 
Jane Mattox, Academic Support
David Moseley, Religion & Philosophy Faculty; Global Education
Janice Murabayashi, Dean of Curriculum 
Dana Pierce, Mathematics Faculty
Elly Smith, English Faculty
Rikke Somner, World Languages Faculty 
David Thompson, Director of Diversity and Community Life

"I entered the classroom with the conviction that it was crucial for me and every other student to be an active participant, not a passive consumer...education as the practice of freedom.... education that connects the will to know with the will to become. Learning is a place where paradise can be created." —bell hooks
“Everyone covers. To cover is to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream. In our increasingly diverse society, all of us are outside the mainstream in some way. Nonetheless, being deemed mainstream is still often a necessity of social life. For this reason, every[one] . . . has covered, whether consciously or not, and sometimes at significant personal cost.” —Kenji Yoshino
THE BISHOP’S SCHOOL     7607 La Jolla Boulevard     La Jolla, CA 92037     (858) 459-4021
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.