Inspired experience based college preparatory education for creative and intellectually curious students
Early childhood through twelfth grade

Service Learning

Service to the greater community is one of the basic commitments upon which The Waverly School was founded. We use the term “Service Learning” rather than “Community Service” because we strive to embed our community service into our curriculum.

Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Students learn essential skills while participating in service both within and beyond the school. Outreach provides students with an invaluable opportunity to see themselves in the larger context
of the greater community, and to experience the benefit and fulfillment of that connection. More particularly, we hope to help students understand and embrace their responsibility as global citizens.

We encourage and support students to do their Service Learning in areas that reflect their passions, and in ways that leave them changed as much as those they serve. High school students are required to participate in a total of 60 hours of community service prior to graduation.

Tenth grade students incorporate their service learning directly into their Wellness Curriculum. Students learn about community needs and opportunities through a variety of speakers and other experiences. Students are exposed to local service venues such as the AIDS Service Center, Union Station, and Mother’s Club. During this semester, students complete 10 hours of service outside of class time towards their graduation requirement.

The eleventh grade develops leadership awareness and skills. Students in this class fulfill a 15-hour project while acquiring and demonstrating service leadership skills. Examples of these skills might be public speaking, delegating, decision making, or organizing. Over the course, students explore and hone these skills in preparation for and implementation of their project.

Ninth and twelfth grade students are encouraged to participate in individual, class, and all-school events that support social and environmental needs on the local, national, and global levels. Seniors are also encouraged to tie their service interests directly into their Senior Project.

Because reflection is a key component of meaningful experiential education, we build it into the service process. Through discussion and reflection papers, we invite students to consider the learning they’ve experienced. These reflection papers are often shared by the coordinators with other students to foster awareness of what is possible in terms of impact on the community as well as on oneself.

Service learning opportunities

Additional resources

What is Service Learning

10 Tips for Volunteering Wisely

Online Volunteer Databases