Service learning is an incredibly important part of school because it teaches young people to recognize where they're needed and serve fearlessly.
Sharp Minds, Soft Hearts
What is service learning, and why does it matter? In service learning, course material informs service and service informs academic dialogue and comprehension.
"Service learning is incorporated in every grade level and allows our students to explore and cement their values and beliefs, learn about social issues and their root causes and grow their understanding of diverse cultures and communities,” explains Angela Woodson, Director of Service Learning & Community Service.
Students analyze essays written by Dallas' homeless population in one Upper School English class. History students support local political campaigns - canvassing neighborhoods while learning about voter registration and the process of fixing a pothole. Eighth graders team up with kindergarten buddies to service Meals on Wheels. They become competent mentors and valuable volunteers in the process.