South Mountain High School Named a "Mix It Up" Model School by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Program

Posted by Community Relations at 4/29/2015

South Mountain High School has been named a Mix It Up Model School by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program for its exemplary efforts to foster respect and understanding among its students and throughout its campus. South is among 104 schools to receive the honor.

The Mix It Up Model Schools met five criteria: They each hosted a Mix it Up at Lunch Day during the 2014-15 school year; they included different members of the school’s community—cafeteria staff, aides, administrators, teachers and students—in organizing the event; they followed up with at least two additional Mix It Up-related programs or events on campus; they publicized Mix It Up at Lunch Day or celebrated inclusiveness with posters, announcements and other media; and their event was seen by students and school officials as a success.

“Mix It Up Model Schools have found innovative ways to create school environments where respect and inclusiveness are core values. They all serve as great examples of how a school—any school—can cultivate these values among their students, faculty and staff.” Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello said.