Service Learning

Service Learning at Sidwell Friends School opens the hearts and minds of our students to the reality of other members of their community. Our program is designed to meet a wide range of pressing needs in our community. From our partnership with the Brightwood Elementary School in the Lower School, to our 60 hour individual service projects for students in the Upper School, Sidwell Friends School reaches out to create strong individual and institutional relationships, which in turn strengthen our community.

Through a strong reflection component, the program also teaches a real world understanding of issues of social justice, and challenges stereotypes and prejudices existing within our students. As a Quaker school educating students that will be facing the serious environmental and social challenges of the 21st century, it is important that we provide them with the skills and understanding of real world problems to be effective social change agents.

This program allows our students to become acquainted with people dealing with a variety of challenges and obstacles in their daily lives—people that most of them do not usually associate with on a regular basis. These relationships that develop between our students and our service partners allow them to understand the challenges and hopes of these people on a deeper, more personal level. As a result, it is our hope that they will develop empathy and compassion for these individuals, which will inform the personal and professional decisions that they make throughout their lives.In this way, we hope to educate our students in the manner of the Religious Society of Friends, to help them to find that of God in everyone.


Lower School Community Service
Middle School Community Service

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