Celebrating Diversity at Stuart Hall School
“STU is my second home. I have met people from all over the world. I learn about their cultures, languages, and every day lives back home.” - Boarding Student, Virginia P.
At Stuart Hall, diversity is a celebrated part of our close-knit community. Thirty-two percent of our student body is non-Caucasian, including African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latin American, Middle Eastern American and multiracial, along with international students from China, Rwanda, Korea, Taiwan, The Republic of Georgia, Belgium and Ghana.
Not only can you observe the diversity of our student body by walking through our hallways, you can also experience our diversity during special events held throughout the year:
- Lunar New Year: Chinese lanterns and banners hang throughout the Staunton campus every January in celebration of “Kung Hei Fat Choy” or Lunar New Year. At special assemblies held on both Stuart Hall campuses, Chinese students share the traditions and excitement of the Lunar New Year, including providing samples of traditional Chinese snacks and desserts.
- Black History Month: In the month of February, African American students highlight the important events and people integral to African American history as part of the celebration of Black History Month.
- Korean Thanksgiving: Each September, our Korean students share one of their most important days of the year, Chuseok, also known as Korean Thanksgiving Day.
- Day of Remembrance: Each spring, our students from Rwanda present a Day of Remembrance, honoring those who lost their lives during the Rwandan Genocide.
- International Fair: Also in the spring, our Middle School students present an International Fair with information about various countries and their cultural traditions. Students from the Lower School enjoy visiting the Staunton campus to experience the fair.
We are blessed to have a rich, multicultural student body at Stuart Hall. Many of our young alums report that going to school with students from other countries has given them an advantage in college, because they are already comfortable with people from different backgrounds. According to our Head of School Mark Eastham, our diversity allows us “to offer a global perspective in the Shenandoah Valley.”