Service Learning

As a Quaker school, the values of service and community are part of our identity. So while you’re here, while we immerse you in great literature and complex math concepts, while we push you ever deeper intellectually, we add this challenge: Look outside.

We believe turning your attention to others is so important that it’s both a graduation requirement and a part of the fabric of life on campus.

On-campus service, called co-op, was started in the 1940’s by a senior who noticed that only students receiving financial aid did “work duty.” Believing this was in conflict with core Quaker values, a small group began a cooperative program to bridge the socio-economic gap by voluntarily taking on work duty roles as well.

The spirit of this commitment lives on in the daily work students do around campus. Co-op, especially “shift” in the dining hall, has become a badge of pride that every George School student wears (along with several small stains from serving the fantastic marinara sauce).

You’ll also spend at least sixty-five hours completing an off-campus service learning project, any time after your sophomore year. But it is not really the number of hours that are important. It’s what you will give and get from the experience. You will have opportunities for service learning trips that take you out into the wider world.

You might tutor at-risk youth in a nearby town’s weekly tutoring program or help teach English classes to orphans in Vietnam. You’ll learn the rewards and frustrations inherent in service. You’ll learn how agencies, cultures, and institutions operate. You’ll learn about empowerment. You’ll learn commitment. And yes, in the end, you’ll look inside and learn about yourself.