Establishing Best Practices
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) developed a survey to help schools gather information on school climate. Archmere, along with several other independent schools across the country, partnered with NAIS to conduct the Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM) survey. Through this survey, Archmere can affirm what is working effectively to advance inclusiveness and multiculturalism, discover new opportunities that ensure steady progress in promoting improved DEI practice, and foster community-building through a common language when holding discussions.
In Spring 2021, we administered the AIM survey with 668 members of the Archmere community. All students, trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni were invited to participate. Through this survey, we discovered that members of our community hold citizenship in 17 different countries besides the United States!
The AIM process involved an online survey of all constituencies and discovery focus group sessions on various aspects of the school, involving a cross-section of the school community.