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.
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.
Every Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 26 - Nov. 14
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
In this eight week series, students will be immersed in a cultural movement timeline of the evolution of salsa. Students will learn the history of each dance style and how it developed. Throughout the workshop, the focus will be on community, the promotion of teamwork, and developing leadership skills. Instructors will emphasize the importance of partner communication, as well as working on self-awareness and non-verbal communication in order to execute movement. At the end of the session, students will perform a culminating dance number open to friends and family.
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.
Every Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. to 5pm from September 26 to November 13
The dictionary defines improvisation as “the act of improvising…” Not very helpful! So what is improv? Well, first off, it’s fun! Not just fun, it's super fun! Not just super fun, it’s super duper fun! Not just super duper fun, but, well, you get the point. Improv is unscripted and made up on the spot. It comes in various forms, such as short form, long form, and more, and it’s something that anybody can do. You get to play games, runaround, talk in funny voices and accents, and best of all, no one cares how silly you look! Some of you may be saying, “But I don’t like fun!” Well, improv is more than just fun; it’s been proven to help kids with fear-coping, teach them to accept and learn from failure, ease symptoms of social anxiety, teach listening and collaboration skills, and boost confidence to record levels!
Mondays, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30pm at Mar Vista Elementary. Sept. 24 - 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.
I've been amazed by our students' eagerness to have an impact beyond campus." - Ashley Webster, Director of Service Learning and Social Entrepreneurship.
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.