Northfield High School is committed to equity in its operations, academics, athletics, hiring, and cultural practices. Our school community has worked collaboratively to create two detailed plans that will move us forward in our equity goals: Black Excellence and Si Se Puede. For more information contact Jessica Rodriguez Bracey or Reina Cruz.

Here at Northfield, we acknowledge that Equity work is never finished, but is a continuous learning process. We strive to create an environment that allows all students to find success and a place to belong. We embrace the feedback of our staff, students, and families to collaborate and imagine with us. If you have questions about our plans or anything in regards to Equity, please contact Reina Cruz.

Black Excellence

The Black Excellence Plan was created in alignment with Black Excellence Resolution that was approved by the DPS school board in February 2019. In forming Northfield’s plan, parents/students/staff were surveyed in 2021 to develop a definition of what Black Excellence means to them. Empathy interviews were also completed with students to understand their feelings and needs at school.

Black Excellence brochure
Black Excellence brochure

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Si Se Puede

Sí Se Puede—Yes We Can, is a call to action, rooted in historic Latino activism for social justice change. At Northfield, we want our students to recognize their immense diversity and feel that their cultura (culture) and traditions are valued within our school community. That we maintain people-centered values, inclusiveness, and a Bienvenido (welcoming) spirit. We want them to know that it is their destino (destiny) to be leaders in their community and that creating a community of leaders is essential to La Raza. We want our students to leave a legacy that is argulloso (proud), poderoso (mighty), and valioso (valuable).

Sí Se Puede—es un llamado a la acción, arraigado en el activismo latino histórico por el cambio de la justicia social. En Northfield queremos que nuestros estudiantes reconozcan su inmensa diversidad y sientan que su cultura y tradiciones son valoradas dentro de nuestra comunidad escolar. Que mantengamos valores centrados en las personas, la inclusión y un acojedor bienvenido. Queremos que sepan que es su destino de ser líderes en su comunidad, y que crear una comunidad de líderes es esencial para La Raza. Queremos que nuestros estudiantes dejen un legado que sea orgulloso , poderoso y valioso.

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La Raza
Build Bridge Between School & Community
  • Identify and translate necessary documents and informational placards at Northfield High School.
  • Build capacity of La Raza to make school-wide and community impact.
  • Establish the Equity Team (Admin, Parent, Students, Teacher).
Construir puente entre Comunidad escolar
  • Identificar y traducir los documentos necesarios y carteles informativos en la Escuela Secundaria Northfield.
  • Desarrollar la capacidad de La Raza para lograr un impacto en toda la escuela y en la comunidad.
  • Establecer el Equipo de Equidad (Administrador, Familia, Estudiantes, Maestro).
  • All staff will complete The Equity Experience professional development and participate in staff discussions throughout the year.
  • Increase enrollment in the IB diploma to align with representation of Latino/a/x students in our student population.
  • Leverage the support of Students Cultivating Dignity (SCD) to support our Latino/a/x GT and IB students.
  • Audit English and social studies curriculum for Hispanic/Latino representation.
  • Teachers will specifically look at misconceptions of Latino/a/x students during Data meetings.
  • Todo el personal completará el desarrollo profesional de The Equity Experience.
  • Aumentar la inscripción en el diploma IB.
  • Aprovechar el apoyo de Students Cultivating Dignity (SCD) para apoyar a nuestros estudiantes latinos/a/x GT e IB.
  • Auditar el plan de estudios de inglés y estudios sociales para la representación.
  • Los maestros analizarán específicamente los conceptos erróneos de los estudiantes latinos/a/x durante las reuniones de datos.
Social Emotional Support
  • Shift counselor caseloads in January 2022 to support Spanish-speaking students who failed 2+ classes S1.
  • Conduct empathy interviews 9-12 of Hispanic students and families
Apoyo Socioemocional
  • Carga de casos de consejeros de turno en enero de 2022 para apoyar a los estudiantes de habla hispana que reprobaron más de 2 clases S1.
  • Realizar entrevistas de empatía 9-12 de estudiantes y familias hispanas