MGAL is dedicated to creating an equitable learning environment, and honoring the lived experiences of all of our students. We strive to be a racially, socioeconomically, and geographically diverse school that serves students from all over Sonoma County.
MGAL will embed equity, diversity and restorative justice while creating our school programs, policies and curriculum. Our curriculum has a distinct focus on anti-racism, and anti-sexism. In lieu of offering one off “Ethnic Studies” or “Women’s Studies” or “Queer History” courses, we will embed the histories of marginalized groups into all of our programming and curriculum. Culturally relevant pedagogies, or curriculums that “recognize the importance of including students’ cultural references in all aspects of learning,” benefit students “at risk of dropping out.” A study from the Stanford Graduate School of Education in 2016 found that students who participate in culturally relevant ethnic studies courses “made gains in their grades and attendance and increased the number of course credits they earned to graduate” when compared to students who did not participate in ethnic studies courses. Through a culturally relevant curriculum and pedagogy, MGAL will ensure that our students with marginalized identities, notably our students of color, see themselves, and their lived experiences reflected in the curriculum.