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Lake Highland Preparatory School is a thriving community of students and employees with different backgrounds and experiences. Our focus is to ensure every Highlander's experience — students and employees — can take place in a safe and open environment where diverse perspectives are embraced and celebrated.

"Within an atmosphere of love, concern, and mutual respect..."

These are the first words in the school's mission and the foundation of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at LHP. As Highlanders, each individual is encouraged to bring their “whole self” to school.

With the support of our Board of Trustees and in partnership with school leadership, LHP has identified three pillars as areas of focus. They are:




With these pillars, the school strives to reflect the local community (People), build a genuine culture of engagement (Culture), and make a difference when and where it matters most (Community). We will accomplish this by:


a diverse student population


a connected culture that embraces diversity of identity, thought, and experience


a talented team of diverse professionals


authentic connection via community relationships in support of marginalized groups

Making a Difference

Learn More About LHP's DEI Initiatives:

Alfred Harms, Jr.

Alfred Harms, Jr.

Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.), LHPS President
Crystal Raphael

Crystal Raphael

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Jeff Deery

Jeff Deery

Chair of Board of Trustees, Co-Chair of Diversity & Inclusion Ad-Hoc Committee of Board of Trustees
Derek Lewis

Derek Lewis

Co-Chair of Diversity & Inclusion Ad-Hoc Committee of Board of Trustees