Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


The Thacher School recognizes the complex emotional and behavioral needs of teenagers as they navigate what the American Academy of Pediatrics has referred to as a national emergency in youth mental health.
Counseling and wellness offerings provide students with licensed mental health professionals to support students with trauma informed counseling and care on a confidential basis.
Recognizing the need for transformative care models, the Thacher School recently hired Dr. Kendrea Hart as the inaugural Director of Counseling and Wellness at The Thacher School, she is joined by Sepideah Mohsenian-Rahman, MSW, ASW, who supports students with clinical counseling while simultaneously supporting the community as the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. They work with a close team which includes Stephanie Thomas, Director of Instructional Support, skilled therapists and wellness educators providing culturally-responsive support to Thacher students from routine yoga classes to diverse wellness programs and workshops from clinicians at UC Santa Barbara’s The Healing Space facilitators from the local Blk Crcl.

Mission Statement

Thacher trains young people in the art of living for their own greatest good and for the greatest good of their fellow citizens in a diverse and changing world. To that end, the School augments its highly challenging academic program with profound lessons learned from the care of a horse, regular chores around the School, teamwork on playing fields, outstanding instruction in the arts, the give and take of everyday life with schoolmates and teachers, and adventures shared in the wilderness. The aim is to inspire and encourage hard work, integrity, self-reliance, a lifelong love of learning and truth, self-knowledge, and a deep concern for the world in which we live.
Notice of nondiscriminatory policy as to students: The Thacher School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other School-administered programs.