Community and Service
Student learning extends beyond academics as we incorporate activities designed to develop socially responsible attitudes and thoughtful and appropriate action into our program. We offer all learners the opportunity to act to make a difference in the world. Effective action demonstrates a sense of responsibility and respect for self, others and the environment.
The action component of the MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAMME (IB MYP) can involve service to fellow students and to the wider community. This can be both inside and outside the classroom and school and can meet an authentic need, becoming meaningful service - working with people rather than for them. Through such service, students are able to grow both personally and socially, developing 21st century skills such as collaboration, cooperation, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and creative and critical thinking. These actions are ways in which the students exhibit their commitment to the attributes of the learner profile.
We strive to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.
Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Through service-learning, young people use what they learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems. They not only learn the practical applications of their studies, they become actively contributing citizens and community members through the service they perform. Within each grade level subject instruction, teachers collaborate to develop a service-learning component.
Every Middle School student ventures into our community with the purpose of learning, helping and providing support. We visit local agencies such as Boca Helping Hands, Florence Fuller, and Mae Volen. This experience culminates with students reflecting and capturing their views and feelings about this experience.
Students also make individual commitments to provide service to our community in some manner. This can range from participating in an activity on campus that supports our own community to working on an international project. Alternatively, students might want to become involved with an issue with an international focus or take on an advocacy role.