Service Learning

Service Spotlight

The Discovery Academy is an enrichment program offered one day a week on the Windward School campus for the students from our local partner school, Grand View Blvd. Elementary. The purpose of the Discovery Academy is to offer programming to the elementary school students that will enrich their learning in a variety of extracurricular areas as well as offer them the opportunity to interact with resources available on our campus. The Discovery Academy offers Windward students the opportunity to become student mentors in a subject matter they feel passionate about. The learning gained by Grand View Blvd Elementary students and Windward students is mutually beneficial and continues our goals of building community and connections between the two schools. Courses have included: Media Bytes, Junior Scientists, Art Explorers, and ArtSmash.

Service Learning at Windward

Service learning exposes students and faculty to experiences that engage each individual in creative problem solving, meaningful relationship-building, and learning that is connected to true community needs.

Service learning projects, opportunities, and curricula at Windward School are designed to create citizens of our local and global communities who are compassionate, curious, and connected with others. Our students have the potential to learn deeply by developing collaborative, reciprocal relationships with our local and global partners. We embrace an assets-based, community-driven approach where both students and community partners are serving and learning together through shared decision-making and direct engagement. Exploring life through the lens of a variety of challenges, situations, and exchanges pushes students to broaden their perspectives toward a more symbiotic and collaborative relationship with the world in which they live.

Current Partnerships

Grand View Blvd Elementary School (local partner):

Spanish Language Book Club
Science Club
Brain Games
Bilingual Books 'n Games
The Storytime Project
Discovery Academy (workshops offered at Windward School campus featuring our resources and student teachers, ArtSmash, and Media Bytes)

Westside Children’s Center (local partner):

Book in a Bag - a literacy program aimed at supporting the preschool (Head Start) children in falling in love with reading and stories.

Healthy Habits Produce Project - a produce and healthy eating project aimed at supporting the Westside Children's Center (WCC) garden and the healthy eating initiatives of WCC for their clients, students, and families.

Family Portraits - Windward’s photography students run professional photography stations at which WCC families are invited to sit for a family portrait. The families are then provided with a copy of a favorite photo, which has been edited in the photography classrooms, and a CD of all photos taken during the photo day.

Salvation Army Transitional Village (Westwood):

Art in a Box - a student-driven project connecting art workshops, supplies, and skill-based learning for underserved communities.

SATV Youth Performance Ensemble—This program brings together a group of Middle and Upper School students from Windward School and the Salvation Army Transitional Village, all of whom believe in the importance of the creative process and the transformative power of the stage.

Other Community Partners

Mar Vista Family Center
OPCC in Santa Monica
Daybreak Shelter in Santa Monica
Special Olympics of Southern California
Bessie Pregerson Preschool at SATV
NKLA Animal Shelter
West LA Animal Shelter
Camp Harmony
LA Youth Council (in connection with the Office of Eric Garcetti)
Mar Vista Elementary School
Prime Time Sports at Palms Middle School
Grand View Palms Senior Living Center
I've been amazed by our students' eagerness to have an impact beyond campus." - Ashley Webster, Director of Service Learning and Social Entrepreneurship. 

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Windward School is a 7-12, co-educational, independent day school in Los Angeles, California.