CIS believes a vital part of a student’s education comes through Service Learning. Service-learning is a teaching and learning approach through which students achieve curriculum goals while participating in community service. Students in service-learning experiences make connections between what they are studying in class and real-world community, social, political, and environmental issues.
Volunteering in the school or in the local community is an ideal way for students to learn, grow, reflect, and make a difference. Older students may have opportunities to learn about potential careers. High School students at CIS are required to complete 85 hours of Service Learning to graduate. These activities must include working with and helping others. We recommend the following schedule:
| 9th Grade: 15 Hours
|| 10th Grade: 20 Hours
|| 11th Grade: 25 Hours
|| 12th Grade: 25 Hours
Students at CIS complete their Service Learning hours in a variety of settings. Activities range from handing out water at a marathon or coaching youth sports teams to spending a summer volunteering in the Miami Children’s Hospital. Students also have plenty of opportunities to gain hours at CIS through a waide variety of projects such as the Yellow to Green phonebook recycling drive or serving as a Peer Mentor to younger classmates. Students report their Service Learning hours using the CIS Student Service Learning Form.
Students completing the full International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme must meet additional Service Learning requirements. This requires an individual project and Service Learning Hours in the areas of Creativity, Action, and Service. Refer to the CIS IB page for more information.
Service Learning isn't just for older students. CIS strives to promote Service Learning throughout the school. For all studnets, service learning is directly aligned with the curriculum and standards, and it is globally and locally focused. Individual classes as well as the whole school participate in a variety of service learning oriented activities.
If you have any questions regarding Service Learning, you can contact the CIS high school guidance counselor Ms. Beth (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2015/16 Student-Led & School-Wide Service Learning Activities
In addition to promoting school spirit and planning student social activities, CIS Student Leadership Groups (Elementary, Middle School and High School) dedicate themseleves to supporting worthwhile causes throughout the year. Student-led initiatives as well as school-wide efforts result in a culture of giving at CIS. The following is a summary of about CI$10,000 in donations for charity organizationsin the Cayman Islands and international organizations raised from various Civvies Days or other activities at CIS.