Community Service is an integral part of the academic and values program of our school.
Service-Learning is a teaching methodology that enriches learning by engaging students in meaningful service through careful integration with established academic curricula. Authentic service-learning:
- Incorporates service activities into academic studies
- Provides concrete opportunities for youth to learn new skills, think critically and test new roles
- Involves “youth voice” from the beginning
- Provides structured time for students to think, talk, or write about their experiences
- Provides students with the opportunities to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations in their communities
- Extends learning beyond the classroom and helps foster a sense of caring for others
STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM SERVICE LEARNING BECAUSE:
- Promotes personal and social development
- Engages students in creative problem solving
- Adds relevance to academic learning, makes learning fun
- Builds positive self-esteem
- Cultivates civic responsibility
- Connects students with the community
- Exposes students to careers
- Provides hands-on experience
Every year, each class in the Primary School chooses a goal from the 17 United Nations Sustainability Goals to focus on throughout the year. These projects allow our students the opportunity to learn about global issues and how they relate to our local communities. The project goals are pre-assigned to each grade and are tailored to align to the grade level curriculum, guaranteeing that each student will see different Sustainability Goals though out their time in Primary. When they can, projects are focused on working with the community during some point of the year, and all projects are shown off at the Sustainability Fair at the end of the year.
Examples of sustainability projects in the Lower School are:
- Community Garden as ASPV
- Purchase and installation of trash cans in public parks in Vallarta
- Book drive and donation to Primary school
- Shoe drive and donation
In the Middle and High Schools service learning in individual and group projects is part of the curriculum. At the beginning of each year, students sign up for projects and can also become trained as project leaders. We believe that education extends outside the classroom, and that extra curricular activities are an integral part of building a positive school community. We offer a variety of student programs and projects to help our students become more thoughtful, open-minded, self-reliant, responsible, and creative people, such as the National Honor Society.