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Service Learning is a critical component of a high school student’s education. It speaks of community awareness, personal ethics, and a high standard of consciousness and values.
In the IB Program, service learning is divided into: community service hours, grades 9 & 10, and, CAS hours (Creativity - Action - Service), grades 11 & 12.
Community Service Grades 9 - 10
The overall purpose of these hours is to experience a total of 75 hours of focused commitments in volunteer opportunities. Organized and coordinated weekly through 'Volunteer Connections' (953.5965) within Riverview’s Guidance Department, documentation needs to be maintained. These earned hours simultaneously fulfill the Bright Futures Scholars Award requirement and serve as criteria for acceptance into the International Baccalaureate Program at Riverview High School, grades 11 & 12.
The IB Coordinator and IB Guidance Counselor present the rationale and procedures of community service to students during the first two weeks of school and to parents during Parent Open House.
Community Service hours may begin in the summer before grade 9 and must be completed by March 1 of grade 10.
CAS Grades 11 & 12
CAS is a fundamental part of the Diploma Program curriculum. The CAS requirement takes seriously the importance of life outside the world of scholarship, providing a refreshing counterbalance to the academic self-absorption some may feel within a demanding school program.
Participation in artistic and cultural activities, sports and community service encourages young people to share their energies and special talents while developing awareness, concern and the ability to work cooperatively with others.
Over the two years, students must engage in a minimum of 150 hours of extracurricular activities evenly distributed among the three components of creativity, action, and service.
The goal of educating the whole person and fostering a more compassionate citizenry comes alive in an immediate way when students reach beyond themselves and their books.
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