Private School Emphasis on Community Service

by NYC Firm Schools on April 11, 2009

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When the subject of NYC Firm Schools is brought up, most people immediately think of a high quality academic education, but there is much more to education then academics. Most Firm Schools have additional requirements based on community service and social responsibilities. Many Firm Schools go beyond that to draft their own internal policies on student behavior and a code of conduct.

The Importance of Community Service in Education:

The emphasis on community Service and personal values is a factor of social responsibility and personal excellence that are well fostered in many Firm Schools. It is common, when choosing a private school for your child, to search out and find a school that incorporates a great deal of your own values into its everyday curriculum. Religious schools are one of the most common examples of this practice.

Community Service hours and projects are something that many Firm Schools require in their mandatory factors for graduation. The belief is that a feeling of responsibility to the community instills a sense of self worth beyond the selfishness of immediate and personal needs and fosters respect for a larger social group. Community service experiences teach students that education goes beyond the boundaries of the school or private home, and that it is something that requires action and initiative.

Community service and social responsibility are also often used to promote future career and personal growth , especially in the social and political fields.

As an example of this type of requirement in a private school, York Prep in NYC has the following:

[students] gain valuable experiences through community service. Community service facilitates civic engagement and makes students aware of and sensitive to the needs of humanity.

York Prep students do not limit themselves to service in their local communities. Many have traveled to developing countries to assist in the construction of schoolhouses, bridges, and parks while immersing themselves in a culture other than their own. Students are also encouraged to get involved in school-wide activities such as sports, theatre, the school newspaper, school yearbook, and other extracurricular activities.

York Prep’s community service requirement is 25 hours per year of high school attendance.

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