Service Learning

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.
Ashley Goodman service learning

I've been amazed by our students' eagerness to have an impact beyond campus." - Ashley Goodman, Director of Service Learning

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.

By integrating service experiences into the lives and learning of our students, we hope that they will grow as creative and innovative collaborators, and find the potential within themselves and in our world to become social changemakers.

Windward Partnerships

  • Westside Children's Center
  • Mar Vista Elementary School
  • Richland Avenue Elementary School
  • Grandview Boulevard Elementary School
  • Walgrove Avenue Elementary School
  • Palms Elementary
  • Beethoven Street Elementary School
  • Mar Vista Community Council
 

Service Spotlight

Discovery Academy

Every Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 18 - Nov. 6

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. 
 
The two programs that we will be offering this Fall are Latin Dance and Art Explorers. We are in need of mentors to help assist the program leads in facilitating the lesson of the day. If you're interested in becoming a mentor please contact agoodman@windwardschool.org
 
Art Explorers:
Art Explorers is a fun way to learn about many of the most important artists of history while making our very own works of art. Each week, we will look at a new artist from a different period of time or place, then create projects using their techniques. Through these activities, we will build a set of skills and knowledge that leave a broader understanding and appreciation of visual art. The students will take the projects in their own directions, stretching their creative capabilities and enjoying the satisfaction of producing something truly original.

Girls in STEM

Mondays, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30pm at Richland Avenue Elementary. Sept. 10 - Nov 5
 
A seven-week STEM program for girls in grades 3-5. Our program, Girls in STEM, will empower girls to foster their passion and self-confidence in STEM fields. We are looking to inspire young girls to be excited about careers in STEM because many don’t see these careers as a possibility. They need exposure, mentorship, and the encouragement that they can pursue their interests, especially as a female. This will be a student-run class, so we, as high schoolers, will be teaching the elementary students. Ashley Goodman will be the faculty supervisor who will accompany us to the elementary school.

Middle School Service Learning

This year at Windward, the School is expanding the Middle School Service Learning program, recognizing that all students entering Windward are from different schools and backgrounds but have already begun to develop the habits of being an engaged citizen in the community. The goal of the program in Middle School is to continue to foster students in this area as they continue to develop. Although there is no service hours requirement for Middle School students, our hope is that during these years, each student commits to participating in a service activity either at Windward or in their local community. When students engage in service, they will gain a better understanding of the issues facing our community and globally. 

Middle School students and their parents are invited and encouraged to participate in four after-school service projects with PATH taking place on September 19, December 11, February 13, and April 23. Additionally, 7th and 8th Graders and their parents will have the opportunity to volunteer at the Westside Children’s Center in November for a Thanksgiving event, as well as other service events throughout the year.

To sign up for the first event, to be held on September 19, please click here.

For questions regarding Middle School Service Learning, please email Robin Pickett at rpickett@windwardschool.org or Ashley Goodman at agoodman@windwardschool.org.

Requirements
All students must complete 20 hours of service by the end of their Sophomore year. One 10-hour project is required, and this project must take place at a location off-campus. The remaining 10 hours can be fulfilled through service opportunities that best fit the interests and passions of each individual student.
 
During the 11th and 12th grade year, no additional hours will be required, but we encourage students to meet with advisor Ashley Goodman to continue their interests and passions through service. We encourage all students to consider applying to the Service Honors Society, which has a 100 hour requirement.