Service Learning

Service Learning is an expression of Saint James School’s core values. Our Service Learning program supports our Mission and seeks to instill values that will empower our students to become “leaders for good in the world.”

Service Learning projects instill an understanding of the importance of giving back and an appreciation for the role that each and every student can play in contributing to the lives of others. By encouraging students to engage in service opportunities, they are able to cultivate qualities such as generosity, respect, humility, and gratitude—attributes that will serve them throughout their lives.

All Saint James students are required to participate in Service Learning as a graduation requirement. (For details about the requirement, please refer to the Student Handbook [p.24].) Service Learning is learning. Most students fulfill the requirement during School breaks by pursuing service opportunities that speak to their interests and passions. During the academic year, a variety of School-sponsored service trips and events are typically offered.

Recent examples include:

  • mentoring students at St. James School in Philadelphia
  • traveling to Nicaragua over spring break to work with the Peace Project
  • volunteering at the Kisseman Children’s Foundation annual Egg Hunt
  • helping out at the Run for Memories walk/run (supporting Alzheimer’s research)
  • working with K-9 Lifesavers at dog adoption events
  • resurfacing part of the towpath on the C&O Canal
  • packing food every week for children in the Micah’s Backpack program
  • Questions about Service Learning requirements should be directed to Father Keyes. Students or parents with questions about Service Learning hours should contact the Academic Office at 301-733-9330 ext. 3038.

    Service Learning Form

    To learn about Service Learning guidelines and to record hours, download this form.