The goal of The Archer School for Girls’ service learning program is to inspire students to become empathetic, impactful leaders in the local and global community.
By actively participating in service experiences, students gain a better understanding of the issues facing our communities. Archer provides opportunities for students to perform service through grade-level projects, school-wide service initiatives, and after-school activities. Students may also join the Community Service Leadership Board or Service Learning Club to take part in the planning and promotion of Archer-related service events on and off campus such as guest speakers, workshops, activities, etc.
Students are encouraged to explore the meaning of their service experiences during group discussions in advisory and class meetings. Additionally, extraordinary examples of middle and upper school students doing service on campus and in their communities is highlighted and celebrated in assemblies and Community Connections.
In Middle School, students engage in curriculum-based activities that relate to a grade-level theme. Students take a deep dive into these themes by researching related issues, exploring broader issues in their classrooms, and going out and completing service locally in their communities. Students are also encouraged to volunteer and participate in additional service activities outside of school.
In Upper School, exploration and research set the foundation for the Service Learning program. Students in 9th grade traverse and investigate contemporary issues in order to create a service proposal on a topic of interest that may be implemented in 10th-12th grades.
Embedding Service Learning into curriculum provides 21st-century skills students need to develop in order to succeed in a modern world. By creating, mentoring, and developing service opportunities by and for students, they are enhancing learning, literacy, and life skills that can be used to help solve complex world problems.
Global Hunger & Local Food Insecurity
Volunteering at Daybreak Women’s Shelter
Ecological, historical, economic, and environmental pressures
L.A. River clean-up with Friends of the L.A. River
The impact of poverty on the individual and society
Nickel and Dimed
MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity)
Explore contemporary issues and connect to a topic of interest.
Create a service learning proposal which will be implemented in 10th-12th grade.
Implement service learning proposals or pursue a new opportunity for the duration of the year.
Take action, reflect, and demonstrate learning and impacts throughout the year.
Inspire and lead their peers in service learning.
Spend time reflecting on their service learning over the past three to four years.
Students in 10th to 12th grade can choose to participate in the two-week Archer Abroad Program over the Thanksgiving holiday. They travel to one of two countries and are involved in short-term, intensive courses in either Guatemala or India. The courses are interdisciplinary and invite students to call upon knowledge and skills from science, history, language, and other areas.
Both programs explore notions of development and service in the developing world. In Guatemala, the girls learn about indigenous rights and environmental sustainability, and in India, they learn about development and spirituality.
Participating in Archer Abroad does not count toward a student's required hours of community service.
Abby G. '17
"Community service is really important at Archer and it makes me feel more connected and aware of the outside community."