Integrity - Service - Merit
In the Middle School, students have various opportunities to engage in service learning projects that connect their passions, interests, talents and concerns. The emphasis is on exposure and reflection, with opportunities to go deeper. There are three main layers to service in the Middle School: Classroom Without Walls (CWW), Saturday Service, and service learning embedded within the curriculum.
Service learning projects are a component of CWW, which occur twice a year at each grade level. CWW projects include partnerships with schools for underprivileged and disabled children, interaction with indigenous communities, and environmental projects such as tree planting, organic farming, and coral reef preservation. CWW gives students the opportunity to explore a variety of issues, contribute to sustainable solutions, and reflect on their experiences.
Throughout the year, students also have an opportunity to participate in 15 to 20 Saturday Service events organized withISM Service Partners ranging from animal shelters to focused educational projects to recycling. These trips are planned and promoted by Service Clubs that meet during lunch and after school. Middle School Saturday Service is open to all ISM students and their parents
Various examples of service learning also occur through class content connecting global issues with the Middle School curriculum. Some examples include math classes that measure and report on waste produced by the ISM community, drama classes that use theatre as a a medium for advocacy, and the Be the Change elective course, which engages students research, planning, action, and reflection to address local and global concerns.