• Service Learning

    At AACT, we are committed to preparing our students for a successful life beyond high school. Providing focused career pathways and rigorous academics is the first step. Connecting students to the community and helping them recognize their role within that community is the second, and equally important step. To do this, we focus on integrating classroom learning with meaningful service experiences while focusing on increasing personal leadership capacity and social responsibility throughout high school. 

    In practice, this means that each year our students are expected to participate in lessons and service projects focused on: 

    • Understanding the nature of communities and their interdependence 
    • Identifying needs of different communities and the world
    • Working with community members to respond to identified needs 
    • Using skills and abilities to take an active role in making a difference.

    Click here for the Community Service Log.

    Check out the Service Learning Blog here: http://blazingthetrail.weebly.com/

     

    Freshman and Sophomore

    Lessons will be taught and service hours tracked through academic classes as follows: 
     
    Freshman
    • Academic Course: Biology
    • Type of Service: Individual Volunteerism or Community Service. It is recommended, but not required, that all hours be related to the students' career academy.
    • Hours: 12 Total (6 per semester)
    Sophomore
    • Type of Service: Individual Volunteerism or Community Service. It is recommended, but not required, that all hours be related to the students' career academy.
    • All sophomores will participate in a class service project that identifies and responds to community needs.
    • Hours: 20 Total (10 per semester)

     

    Junior

    During fall semester, all juniors will work with their peers and community partners to apply the concepts of service learning to a real-world problem. Students will conduct a needs assessment to find an issue, determine what skills and talents they possess that could be used to address that community need, collaborate with a community agency to develop a plan of action with a measurable outcome, and implement a project to completion. Students will present their work and its impact to a panel of their peers and community members. This project will assist students in understanding and preparing for the Senior Capstone. 

    Examples of past junior projects include:
    • Starting an after-school tutoring program at a nearby elementary school
    • Preparing and serving a holiday meal at a local agency that supports families of sick children
    • Conducting a drive for used bicycles, fixing them, and donating them for the holidays
    • Presenting lessons, tips, and activities for healthy eating to local elementary students
    • Developing a video on the dangers of texting while driving for use by local safety agencies

     

    Senior

    Senior Capstones are projects that allow seniors to synthesize the academic, CTE, and 21st century skills they have learned throughout the years of their education, applying them to real-world, meaningful problems or leadership positions as a means of bridging the gap between schooling and post-secondary options. The process is both experiential and reflective. It involves numerous adults as guides (mentor, advisor, teacher, parent). It provides an opportunity for closure while transitioning to the next phase of learning and life.

    Senior Capstone Website