Service Learning

Because a WIS goal is to prepare students for a life of active, responsible world citizenship, community service is a key part of the curriculum. Students engage in numerous and wide-ranging service endeavors such as fundraising and environmental improvement to involvement with local and international service agencies worldwide. Through these efforts, students gain insight into the problems faced by others and the satisfaction of knowing they may have made a difference.

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. 

Middle School

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.

Upper School

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.

In April 2013, our Grade 10 students traveled to New Orleans to learn about the history and culture of the area. They also completed two days of community service. The video above highlights the work they did with the LSU AgCenter's Youth Wetlands Program; the volunteers were also featured in the Times Picayune.
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