Class Matters

People often confuse class with economic status, but independent school students know all too well that there’s more to the story. We’ll spend some time reviewing the components of class status in the U.S., in Southern California, and in the prep school “bubble,” then have an open discussion about the ways class affects us in and out of, um, our classes.

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Jared D'Onofrio earned his BA in English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University and his MFA in Creative Writing (fiction concentration) from the University of Pittsburgh before returning home to San Diego, where he has taught at Francis Parker School for twenty-five years. He was the first member of his family and the first among the kids in his neighborhood to go to college, and has fostered and followed the careers of first-generation college students of his with keen interest and pride. He served two terms as an inaugural member of Parker's Diversity Leadership Team and remains devoted to ensuring students see themselves as well as a wide variety of others in the literature they read.