Doing good is as important as doing well.
Service is an integral part of our curriculum - so much so that it is a graduation requirement. We know that the incorporation of service learning into the academic curriculum is one of the most effective means of teaching students about the connection between what they learn in the classroom and the world around them.
What Upper School students gain through participation in service is an understanding of the world around them, experience with human service institutions, tolerance and appreciation for lifestyles that differ from their own, interpersonal skills and the value of helping others.
To fulfill the service requirement, students may select one of the following options: a service co-curricular (Service Network) a school -sponsored trip or an independent project.
At the completion of all service projects, having participated in a minimum of 40 hours, all students are then required to submit a personal evaluation, reflection, supervisor evaluation and hours log.
At the end of every week, students and the Service Network faculty meet to reflect on the week’s experience, sharing stories and getting different perspectives from their friends experiences. Students are then required to respond to a written prompt that further enhances the learning process.
Students may participate in a Westtown sponsored service trip during spring break or as part of school-sponsored trips. These trips, organized and led by Westtown faculty, include local, national, and international experiences. Examples of past service trip locations include Ghana, Puerto Rico, and the Florida Keys.
A student may design an independent project fostering a passion or special interest and approved by the Service Committee. Independent projects can be completed at any time including vacations and Spring break.
Prior to beginning an independent project, students must first complete a proposal about their service idea. Once approved by the Service Committee, students may then partake in the actual service.