MAKING POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT THROUGH SERVICE
Connecting the real world with what our students are learning at school is at the core of our service program. Beginning in kindergarten, Woodlawn students advocate for a specific local or global cause that is interwoven throughout their year-long course of study. Rather than fulfilling a required number of hours, our students spend the year understanding and gaining perspective of their service partner.
In stewardship of local & global communities
Community Involvement through Service
Our program is enriched through a guided and intentional curriculum that also incorporates many on-site experiences for the students. As we persistently push our students out of their comfort zones, we see them working side by side, confronting their own fears or prejudices, and developing a greater sense of appreciation for all they have.
In the Upper School, students in grades 9 – 11 participate in the Service in Action elective at least one term per year. Each week we spend two hours working with one of our community partners and one day on campus working to support the Woodlawn community. Our program is intended to nurture a sense of community responsibility through community involvement. Putting our hands and energy to work in an effort to better our immediate community helps us better see what is needed and what we can do to change it.
STEM + ARTS
STEAMfest Live is the largest annual science and arts festival in the region. In April 2022, over 800 guests explored over 60 hands-on activity booths created by local colleges, libraries, museums, schools, clubs and businesses.
FOR THE EDUCATORS
Woodlawn shares the skills for Project Based Learning with public school teachers from the region using the Buck Institute’s PBL Works program. Over 3 days, we provide specialized training in Project Based Learning.
“Before coming to Woodlawn, I spent most of my free time dreading the next time I had to go to school. Now that I’m at Woodlawn, that feeling has completely disappeared. Everybody, (students, teachers, and staff), is excited and happy to be here! Most importantly, the teachers love their subjects and their enthusiasm rubs off on the students. The opportunities and experiences at Woodlawn are truly rare and unique.”
– Jules W. ’14