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Service Learning

Making a meaningful and measurable impact

Our Service Learning programs foster the development of an intrinsic mindset in each student to connect and engage with communities, locally or globally. As students identify and work to address a diverse array of issues affecting people and the planet, they grow socially and spiritually, while developing strong leadership skills.

Early Education and Lower School teachers provide the initial introduction for students’ connectivity and related responsibility to organizations in need of support. Teachers present relevant learning activities by connecting curriculum with projects to add greater meaning and provide measurable outcomes. Through role modeling from teachers and other leaders, students discover concrete examples of the processes involved in creating, planning, promoting and executing a project or service.

By Grade 6, students take ownership of community projects as they develop all aspects of a project, from inception to completion, with support and guidance from their advisor. This process not only helps to boost academic achievement by applying knowledge of content and curriculum, it fosters a commitment to civic involvement, develops personal and social skills needed for the global work environment.

Students benefit from opportunities to use practical skills associated with higher order thinking skills while developing character traits and leadership abilities. It often has the added effect of linking students’ academic and career goals as they make a deeper connection to communities. The immediate result of the program is enhanced interest and ownership, while the long-term effect is an increased level of citizenship, appreciation for the needs of others as well as self-worth and character building.

Each year we are so proud that our students embrace this opportunity to create a meaningful representation of their complete education as they positively affect social causes.
Past Service Learning Projects

  • American Cancer Society
  • Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County
  • New Eyes for the Needy
  • Loaves and Fishes Food Drive
  • South County Outreach
  • Trader Joes
  • Partnership with Covington Senior Center
  • Kids N’ Cancer
  • Ronald McDonald Pop Top Collection
  • Pennies for Lincoln
  • Memorial Preservation
  • Board Game Drive
  • Water Bottle Recycling Collection (Project Isabella)