News from the Head of School

A Statement About Community Discourse
Posted 09/02/2020 04:40PM

Dear Community Member,

We are writing to you today regarding recent social media posts attributed to persons previously affiliated with our community. While these statements were made outside Prep, they have deeply and painfully impacted members of the Prep family. In any forum, there is a clear line between respectful disagreement and hate speech. Facebook defines hate speech as “a direct attack on people based on...protected characteristics — race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, caste, sex, gender, gender identity, and serious disease or disability.” Harmful behavior and rhetoric are against our principles, will not be tolerated, and people who do not accept these expectations will not be welcomed in our community. 

We want to be clear that posts to which we are referring fall well beyond normal discourse. We live in difficult times, where discord, disrespect, and intolerance seem to be increasingly common. While all people must feel safe, heard, and respected, we must also recognize that some conversations may elicit deep discomfort. We must not walk away from the challenge and reward that come from deeper connection and understanding.

No work is more important than our commitment to realize a more inclusive, welcoming, and accepting community where all are respected and valued. The school’s mission, vision, and honor code are the pillars on which we rely for guidance. We recognize that we have significant work to do, and we regret that the actions of a few on social media have been counter to this effort and hurtful to members of our community. We are grateful for your support as we move forward at Prep.


Jim Pickett
Head of School
Kris Leslie 
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Peter Bachmann
Head Emeritus


For more information on our DEI Initiative at Prep, click here.

Flintridge Preparatory School
4543 Crown Avenue La Cañada Flintridge CA 91011
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Located near Pasadena and Los Angeles in La Cañada, CA, Flintridge Prep is a private independent, coed day school for grades 7-12.
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