Key objectives of service-learning at Highland
The objective of our service-learning programs is to provide opportunities for students to:
- Develop self-awareness and personal growth;
- Create healthy, productive relationships with peers and adults in and outside of Highland;
- Participate in meaningful experiences outside of the classroom that challenge and broaden their perspectives of their school, local, national and global communities;
- Study in non-traditional learning environments; and
- Apply classroom learning to life beyond Highland.
Through service, Highland students make a difference in their school, communities, and across the globe. They exhibit a generosity of spirit, demonstrate civic responsibility, and give their time and talent for the sake of improving the experience of others.
Lower School service learning centers on Directors Council
Service Learning in the Lower School is centered around the Director's Council. The Directors Council is made up of a group of third and fourth-grade students selected by Lower School Director Lise Hicklin. All third and fourth-grade students will have an opportunity to serve on the Director's Council each academic year.
Every quarter, a new Directors Council chooses and coordinates a service effort. Past projects have included the Thanksgiving Food Drive, materials drive for the Fauquier SPCA, and collecting supplies for a summer lunch program for low-income students.
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) in Middle School
Students in the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and the Middle School Community Service Club coordinate service efforts in the Middle School. Also, students who have the opportunity to serve as Middle School Head for the Day often include a philanthropic project on their agenda.
Service becomes a key component of Upper School experience
Students in Grade 9-11 complete a minimum of 20 service hours annually, though most surpass the requirement and continue their service efforts through Grade 12. Service opportunities are coordinated by Key Club, the Upper School service club. All students are invited to participate. The Director of Experiential and Service Learning also meets with individual students to help identify and plan service experiences around their strengths and interests.
Opportunities to serve throughout the year
Throughout the year, Highland School partners with non-profit organizations to conduct outreach and create opportunities for service learning in our local, regional, and global communities. To see a breakdown of these opportunities by month, please click on any of the expanding boxes below: