Moses Brown was one of the leading abolitionists of colonial America, and in establishing the school that now bears his name, he insisted that it be open to boys and girls of all religious affiliations. The concept around which everything revolves at Moses Brown is the Quaker belief that every person has a divine Inner Light and is equally deserving of love and respect.
In studying the history of America, students confront the fact that Moses Brown also owned slaves (whom he freed on November 8, 1773). They’ll wrestle with the differences in word and deed that attended the founding of this country, and which led it to civil war. In advanced language classes, they will learn the history and enjoy the art of other cultures, and use that as a new lens through which to see their own.
Discussion groups in advisories and classrooms address questions of race, class, socioeconomics, and gender identity. Student-led groups convene around issues of identity and social justice. These include the GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance), Equal Voice (addressing issues of gender equity), GirlUp, and SLAM (addressing issues of race and ethnicity). Tenth graders are also able to participate in race-based affinity groups, including a white ally group, a students of color group, and an Asian-American student affinity group.
Lessons, activities and events are woven throughout the year, providing constant reminders that the core principle of our Quaker tradition–that everyone has an Inner Light and deserves respect–builds a community that is fair, just, and all the richer for its diverse contributors.Inquire