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Meet Our Principal

Cynthia Bagby-Ellison

Dear Redwood Heights Families,

The Redwood Heights team is committed to preparing and providing excellent instruction for our students and families. We have the best intentions to do what is best for our children.  I am excited to welcome you all back to Redwood Heights. Our 2022 - 23 school year Motto will be “Love, Peace & Kindness”.

Redwood Heights Equity Statement

At Redwood Heights we honor the uniqueness of each individual and embrace diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view to build a strong, inclusive community and to prepare students for lives in a 21st Century multicultural society. We have a commitment to social justice to ensure all students are treated equitably so that they feel safe and secure—physically and psychologically.  We made a commitment to do everything in our power to end discrimination based on race, gender identity, disability, or expression at our school. We know that the best education occurs in a school of students, teachers, and families drawn from diverse socio-economic backgrounds, cultures, races, religions, and sexual orientations. A diverse school community alone is not enough. While the work of diversity and community has always been a part of Redwood Heights' mission, we seek to build on this commitment by striving to create a truly inclusive school: one where students and adults are welcomed and supported, and where their faces, voices, and experiences are reflected and valued. We believe that the work of inclusion is a responsibility held by all and done for all, person to person. Redwood Heights  is committed to providing every student with an equal opportunity to participate and thrive in our academic program.

At Redwood Heights:

  1. We develop school environments where all students are actively and meaningfully engaged in rigorous instruction. We examine and revise our curriculum and teaching practices as necessary to ensure that we are effective in reaching every student. 

  2. We understand the significant difference between equity and equality. Every student deserves to receive what he/she needs to succeed (equity), not that every student receives the same amount of resources, instruction, attention, etc. (equality).

  3. We affirm the uniqueness of each individual and value individual ways of existing in the world.

  4. We engage families as partners in meaningful ways. 

  5. We build the capacity of diverse teams that are more reflective of our students.

  6. We teach individuals to question their cultural viewpoints and assumptions and to modify them when appropriate.

  7. We nurture meaningful interaction and dialogue to honor our differences while embracing shared values. We encourage curiosity and inquiry so that we can learn from a diverse range of experiences and points of view.

At Redwood Heights, we continue to devote significant resources of time and energy in order to develop our equity lens to better identify, discuss, and address equity issues impacting our students and families. Every staff member has made a commitment and is accountable for applying these statements in every decision, use of resources, and management of talent. We believe it is the power of our collective and individual commitments to these beliefs that fuels our inspiration and hope to pursue our mission and create a more just and equitable world.


Principal Cynthia Bagby