Educational research indicates that a diverse mix of students can produce a range of positive outcomes for young people. Students in diverse schools gain racial and cultural awareness, as well as an enhanced sense of openness that appears to carry forward into adult life. Diverse environments also appear to promote critical thinking among students.
The four racial groups used to measure diversity are white, black, Latino/Hispanic, and other (Asian, Native American, Hawaiian-Pacific Islander, and multiracial.) A notion of “perfect diversity” is introduced where each group comprises 25 percent of the school’s population.
We’ve ranked the top 15 elementary schools, defined as schools containing grades one, two, three, four, and/or five, in Massachusetts using the “perfect diversity” metric.