Service Learning

Service learning helps to bridge the “real world” and the classroom. Research shows that service-learning is effective; it helps improve students’ grades, test scores, attendance, and self-confidence. It builds critical thinking and communication skills and fosters civic engagement, while allowing students to test and apply what they are learning in the classroom. Service-Learning is Chaminade’s Mission Statement in action. We seek to grow into Jesus’ spirit of service; His life was one of service to all humankind, with the imperative to love one another.

Key Elements at Chaminade, service learning is:

● Thoughtfully organized to address true needs in the community

● Offered through specific courses

● Integrated into the academic curriculum of a course, illuminating the practical applications of the material

● Includes structured means for reflection on the service experience

● Encourages active student involvement in the learning process

● Includes 10+ service hours, although grades/course points should be earned for the learning demonstrated through reflection (not simply for hours served)