Service learning is woven into multiple areas of the Upper School, involving school-led projects and student-initiated endeavors.
Within the first two months of the school year, all Ninth Graders participate in a day of service with their advisories off campus. Certain Global Travel programs are entirely devoted to service learning, such as the Haiti trip, which is tied to a Haiti history elective. Many Upper School classes also combine service in the form of teaching or volunteering in the local community. CA students are also members of a Philanthropy Board, which researches charitable causes and donates several thousand dollars to nonprofit charities annually.

Students also participate in service through multiple clubs like Children’s Hospital, Project CARE (dedicated to tutoring Karen refugees), Horizons Club, AfricAid, and HOPE. CA students relish these opportunities and step up in meaningful ways, serving important roles as teachers and mentors, and becoming the best version of themselves.  For example, HOPE, an organization led entirely by students, has served the community for over 25 years, bringing thousands of under-resourced families to campus each year for a hot meal, vaccines, gifts, and a visit with Santa Claus.  Read more about HOPE here and watch the video:

Service learning culminates in the Community Impact Project (CIP), a graduation requirement, in which all Seniors develop a service project to address a need they have identified in the community.  Watch a few examples here:

Videos: Senior Community Impact Projects

Colorado Academy Cares

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