Examples of Community and Global Projects
From after school tutoring programs to response to natural disasters, students, faculty, and school community members have supported environmental sustainability, worked in local homeless shelters and food banks, raised funds, and forged relationships with communities affected by tragedy. As an example, after the monumental Haitian earthquake in January 2010, the WIS community came together to form the Haiti Action Response Team (HART). By the end of the school year, WIS student efforts had collectively raised over $20,000.
While there is no specific community service requirement for Middle School students, such efforts are often incorporated into the curriculum. Sixth graders, for instance, are each asked to envision a Dream Service Project; students then jointly choose four projects to carry out. Other community service efforts have included Play-a-Thons and volunteering at food banks.
Students are required to perform a minimum of 80 hours of service in Grades 9 through 12. Upper School placements range from the Coalition to Stop Handgun Violence to Georgetown Hospital to individual ESL and academic tutoring and other volunteering throughout the greater Washington metropolitan area and internationally. As 11th and 12th graders, the class of 2017 performed over 7350 hours of community service in the local, national, and international community.