Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich each student's academic experience, teach civic and ethical responsibility, and strengthen communities for the common good. Built into the curriculum and the school schedule, the Service Learning program guides students as they take abstract concepts and apply them in real-world situations. Students meet during a weekly 80-minute block to hone their skills in problem-solving, teamwork, and leadership. Service projects require students to collaborate with local and global communities to reach concrete, realistic goals.

This year's Upper School Service Learning groups include:

  • Alternative Energy Sources - Using chemistry to find greener solutions
  • Amnesty International – Campaigning for human rights around the world
  • The Archive – Producing videos for Service Learning groups and local non-profits
  • Building Blocks - Working with children at EES preschools
  • C.O.R.E. - Cancer outreach, research, empathy
  • Education Empowerment - tutoring at Boys & Girls Club
  • Education Near & Far - STEM workshops for underserved kids
  • El Salvador - Teacher-led group that supports students and scholarships
  • FAST - Assisting special-needs teens at a partner school
  • Firebird Radio – Giving a voice to those who want to be heard (through podcasting) 
  • Global School Connections - Supporting underfunded schools in China, India, and other developing nations
  • Fundación Impacto - Educating orphans in Tijuana
  • Global Vantage - Magazine in partnership with other schools to support service projects around the world
  • Hands of Peace- Promoting conflict resolution in the Middle East
  • Health Nuts – Addressing nutrition shortfalls and food waste in our region
  • H.E.L.L.O. - Supporting Syrians and other refugees new to San Diego
  • Kids for Peace - Promoting kindness and understanding in schools
  • Lunchbox - Low-cost meals to students in need
  • Million Knots – Supporting girls’ education in India
  • The Nest – Producing school spirit-wear and granting profits to other service groups
  • New Haven Night Shelter - Supporting a men’s shelter in South Africa
  • New Ocean Blue - Educating children about the dangers of plastics pollution
  • Notes of Hope - Using music to improve the lives of children and senior citizens
  • On Pointe – Spreading joy through dance and funding dance scholarships
  • Opportunity for Athletes – Partnering with CAF to provide adaptive sports equipment
  • Priceless – Addressing the issue of human trafficking overseas and in San Diego
  • Rainbow Connection - Empowering the LGBTQ+ community and supporting equity for all
  • Revere - Championing women’s issues and supporting at-risk girls
  • San Diego Chill - Ice hockey league for disabled children
  • Scatter Packs - Donating school supplies and packs to students
  • Sea Safe Surf - Beach clean-up and access to surfing for people with disabilities
  • Tech Team - Supporting the IT Department and assisting service groups with programming and networking needs
  • Vision - Operatons for dental and vision correction in India
  • WIND – Supporting communities impacted by natural disasters
  • Woof Pack - Advocating for homeless animals
 
Middle School students rotate each trimester among eight Service Learning opportunities.  Most groups visit their local partners weekly:

  • Animal Allies – Assisting at a county animal shelter
  • Arc of San Diego – Engaging with developmentally disabled adults 
  • Conservation – Working at local preserve site in Carlsbad, planting native species
  • Head Start – Working with economically disadvantaged preschoolers
  • Jefferson Elementary – Teaching Spanish to local elementary school children
  • La Posada – Assisting at a transitional homeless center
  • Senior Connection – Engaging with residents at a local retirement home and memory care center
  • Sustainability - Learning about organic farming, waste management, water conservation, etc.
  • Trails – Cleaning and maintaining the Carlsbad trails system near campus