Academics

Service Learning

Kindness, Truth, and Service to Others

Our school culture is enriched by an educational philosophy that encourages kindness, truth, and service to others. As early as preschool, our students affirm the values of diversity, mutual respect, and social responsibility – not only as they apply within our own walls, but also within a broader social context.
 
We teach our students that learning and leadership are gifts to be shared through service to others; wherever we serve, we make a difference in the lives of others.

By the time a student reaches the school’s upper division, he or she will have amassed hundreds of hours in service; as a school community, we donate approximately 20,000 hours of service annually. Distinguished by an indelible compassion to serve, every Heritage Hall graduate is fully prepared for lifelong civic responsibility.

General Information

Service hours will be granted for volunteer experiences completed with nonprofit agencies that have been pre-approved by the Director of Service Learning (Mr. Steve Chard). Additional options may be presented for approval to the Director of Service Learning before the service is completed. It is the student's responsibility to schedule and complete service hours with pre-approved organizations or at a pre-approved event. To receive credit for hours, a Service Learning Reflection Log must be signed by a supervising representative of the agency or activity (other than student's parent) and turned in to the Director of Service Learning in a timely fashion. No service learning hours will be given for hours earned while missing academic class time or while participating in an activity associated with an academic class.
 
Options
Students may earn service hours by volunteering:
  • incrementally throughout the school year
  • for larger projects during the summer or school breaks
An excess of service hours in one school year may not be carried over to the next year, but hours performed during the summer may be applied to either the previous or upcoming school year.

Upper School Service Learning Requirements

All Upper School students are required to perform a minimum of 25 hours of service per year and a minimum of 100 hours required for graduation.
  • Seniors must complete 75 hours of the required 100 before the fall semester of their senior year. Seniors who have not completed this requirement will not be granted senior privileges (off-campus lunch and off-campus study hall) until hours are complete. Seniors must complete all 100 hours by the end of the March spring break of their senior year to be eligible for graduation.
  • Students entering their sophomore or junior years will be required to complete their hours (10th grade: 25 hours, 11th grade: 50 hours) before the fall semester. Students who have not completed this requirement will not be granted their respective class privileges. Specifically, juniors will not have off-campus lunch and sophomores will not have common study hall. As requirements are completed, all privileges will be reinstated for the remainder of the semester.
Service hours will be granted for volunteer experiences completed with nonprofit agencies that have been pre-approved by the Director of Service Learning. An excess of service hours in one school year may not be carried over to the next year. No community service hours will be given for hours earned while missing academic class time or participating in an activity associated with an academic class.

In place of this requirement, seniors have the Service Learning Capstone option. This gives seniors the opportunity to investigate a key area of social concern (poverty, justice, health, family, prejudice), conduct interviews, perform service in the area of interest, and ultimately compose a major research paper and presentation proposing a way to address the issue.
As a school community, Heritage Hall donates more than 20,000 service hours annually.
“I love the motto: TO LEARN • TO LEAD • TO SERVE. It’s a privilege to attend Heritage Hall and, when she graduates, I hope my daughter will lead and serve as she continues her education and life.”
- Patron Survey Respondent