FAMILIES + COMMUNITY
There are many ways to get involved as a High Meadow family! These teams foster a vital and healthy school community through envisioning, organizing, and implementing enriching activities.
Every family is responsible for 25 hours of volunteer service each school year. Families can choose to participate in a variety of in-person or remote volunteer opportunities throughout the year, including event planning, community clean-up, participation in school committees or PTO meetings, donating food or supplies to events, and more.
Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
The main objective of the HMS PTO is to enrich our students’ and parents’ High Meadow experience through meaningful parental engagement and empowerment, facilitating communication between parents and the administration. PTO meetings are held monthly at the school. These gatherings are a great way to connect with other parents, have some fun, and support the mission and educational objectives of the school.
The Board of Trustees
High Meadow School is governed by a Board of Trustees, which is guided by the protocols of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The Board works with the school administration to establish and monitor the strategic direction of the school, and is charged with hiring the head of school and ensuring the school’s ongoing fiscal health.
BIPOC/PGM Parents Group
The BIPOC/PGM Parents Group at High Meadow School comes together to build a strong community for ourselves and our children, fostering an environment of inclusivity, support, and celebration for those who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color - people of the global majority (PGM). Through monthly working groups, we aim to generate ideas and initiatives that empower and amplify the voices of BIPOC individuals within our school community. In addition, we host family gatherings both on and off campus where we can build community, share in moments of joy and lift each other up while advocating for positive change.
Family Gathering! Sunday, Sept. 17th • 1pm - 3pm
Potluck at Kingston Waterfront
Note: Family Gatherings are for BIPOC/PGM parents and caregivers and/or parents and guardians of BIPOC kids.
Parents for Racial Justice (P4RJ)
P4RJ is a working group dedicated to cultivating a diverse, equitable and inclusive community that recognizes, analyzes and works to reduce racial injustice and systemic inequality. In partnership with administration, P4RJ works to support teachers, students and the school community in creating and using shared language, and advancing curricular goals and measurable outcomes around diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.
LGBTQ+ Families Alliance
The LGBTQIA+ Families Alliance works to increase LGBTQIA+ visibility at High Meadow School and build an affirming school environment, because safe and affirming schools are life-saving for LGBTQIA+ young people. Working with teachers and administration, we promote curriculum and field trips that make queer life and history visible as well as developing inclusive school policies. We host monthly social gatherings both on and off campus to strengthen bonds among queer families and families of queer students, and we connect with and educate allies in our community.