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Signature Programs

Service Learning

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.


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  • Photo of Margaret Shirk

    Margaret Shirk 

    History Teacher

Service Learning Curriculum

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.

6th Grade

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Global Hunger & Local Food Insecurity
  • Hunger Banquet
  • Volunteering at Daybreak Women’s Shelter

7th Grade

  • Ecological, historical, economic, and environmental pressures
  • Cross-curricular connections
  • L.A. River clean-up with Friends of the L.A. River

8th Grade

  • The impact of poverty on the individual and society
  • Playspent.org
  • Nickel and Dimed
  • MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity)

9th Grade

Explore contemporary issues and connect to a topic of interest.  

Create a service learning proposal which will be implemented in 10th-12th grade.  

10th Grade

Implement service learning proposals or pursue a new opportunity for the duration of the year.

11th Grade

Take action, reflect, and demonstrate learning and impacts throughout the year.

12th Grade

Inspire and lead their peers in service learning.

Spend time reflecting on their service learning over the past three to four years.

Archer Abroad

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."
The Archer School for Girls admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or other legally protected status in its hiring or in the administration of its educational policies and programs, admissions policies, financial aid programs or other school-administered programs. 

The Archer School for Girls’ mission is to educate students in an environment specifically designed for girls. As such, the school will consider any candidate for admission who identifies as a girl. Once admitted to Archer, all students in good academic standing who abide by Archer’s code of conduct and who meet requirements for graduation will be eligible to receive an Archer diploma, regardless of any change in sexual identity or other legally protected status.