College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

Upper School Community Engagement

PHILOSOPHY

At Holton, we encourage students to use critical thinking skills to creatively solve problems. We cultivate curiosity, examine injustices, and leverage students' knowledge so that they can actively engage in their communities with empathy, courage, and shared responsibility. By applying classroom knowledge and content to meet authentic community needs, our students become knowledgeable, willing, and eager participants in our social fabric. We ask students to collaborate with communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.  

HOURS FOR CLASS OF 2024, 2023 AND 2022

Students in the Class of 2024, 2023, and 2022 must complete 50 hours of community engagement as part of their graduation requirement. Juniors must have all 50 hours logged before the start of senior year.

On June 7, all community engagement forms will be transferred to Google Classroom. Students will keep track of their hours on one document in Google Classroom and will submit it at the end of every summer or trimester. Students with any old hours or forms from previous volunteer locations must turn them in before June 7. 

Resources and suggested organizations are currently available on the Upper School Community Service Course Page and will be transferred to Google Classroom on June 7. All students were shown this information in a recent US Assembly. 

CHANGE FOR THE CLASS OF 2025

Starting with the Class of 2025, students will now be required to complete 60 hours of community engagement prior to the start of senior year. All hours will be direct engagement addressing a community need(s). Students must complete a minimum of 20 hours per year (grades 9, 10, & 11). In grade 9, ten of those 20 hours will be Holton-sponsored events. 

REQUIREMENTS
Grade 9

20 hours: summer after eighth through the summer after ninth grade.

The School provides 10 hours of engagement during the school day for students in grade 9. These are opportunities built into the school day. Students will be required to complete an additional 10 hours on their own, outside of the school day. These hours can be completed between the summer after grade 8 through the summer prior to starting grade 10.

Grade 10 20 hours: summer after ninth grade through the summer after tenth grade.
Grade 11 20 hours: summer after tenth grade through the summer after eleventh grade.
Grades 10 & 11 Students begin work on their 40-hour project which consists of 40 hours all addressing one need, split up between two years. This will allow the students to spread out their hours and make a meaningful connection with one organization over a few years. 

All students must log their hours appropriately based on the information on their Community Engagement Google Classroom. 

All community engagement hours must be direct engagement. Direct engagement is defined as students' interaction with the recipients of the project or the physical environment they have targeted for improvement. This differs from indirect engagement, channeling resources to a need. For example, serving the homeless at a soup kitchen (direct) versus holding a canned food drive for a local food pantry (indirect). Therefore, drives, fundraisers, 5k’s, etc. will not count towards the graduation requirement.

Please reach out to Emily Wilde if you have any questions.