Service Learning at AISCT is defined as an approach to teaching and learning that addresses authentic need through active engagement in our local and global communities.
OUR SERVICE LEARNING PRINCIPLES AND CORE VALUES
(based on the AISA Service Learning Handbook)
- Students learn from, and are enriched by, the perspectives of others
- We have a responsibility to the community in which we live
- Meaningful service is best achieved through sustained reciprocal partnerships
- Service has deeper meaning and consequences when integrated into curriculum
- Meaningful service is achieved through the five stages/standards of Service Learning:
- Leadership, teamwork, communication, and mutual respect are fundamental for successful service experiences.
IN THE CURRICULUM
Every student at AISCT will participate in a form of Service Learning over the course of an academic year.
Service Learning is based on the AISCT campus. ECD students work in the gardens and design their outdoor spaces.
Service Learning is embedded in at least one curricular unit of study. Grades 1–5 each determine a local project that aligns with a unit of study.
Middle School Communitas groups determine a year-long project based on their investigation of potential needs within the local community. Units of learning in Grades 6–8 include many subjects that incorporate a form of service learning, with greater emphasis on advocacy and research.
Students in Grades 9–10 may choose to join a project with students in Grades 11 or 12. They may also choose to work independently or continue a project they began in Middle School. All Middle School students will reflect on their progress during Communitas ensuring that each student is actively involved in an aspect of service.
A graduation requirement is the successful completion of an Impact Project. This project is designed to allow students in Grades 11 and 12 to demonstrate the skills they have developed in their educational journey. Aligned to the school’s mission, students design projects that will impact their world. Work begins in Grade 11 and is completed for presentation in the Senior year.
There is a diverse range of activities on offer to suit students’ interests, skills and passions. Students may be involved in ASAs that have a focus on Service.
Innovation Term takes place during the last 12 days of the school year. A selection of innovation projects are proposed and include a selection that have a focus on Service.