All students at Pacific Crest are expected to participate in regular community service activities. In addition we encourage our students to add a further level of commitment and achievement to this work through our integrated Service Learning Program.
Pacific Crest Service Learning Program: What is it?
Service learning enhances what the school teaches by extending student learning beyond the classroom and into the community. It is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
Pacific Crest offers a wide variety of service opportunities and classes featuring a Service Learning component built into the curriculum. Those who take full advantage of these offerings can earn service learning points leading to a certificate on their high school transcript, which is recognized as a meaningful measure of commitment and achievement in community action.
What our students say about Service Learning:
“The best thing about my service learning experience is that I was taught about important issues that I would not have been aware of otherwise. And I also got to do things outside of the classroom.” —Lillian
“It is easy to talk for hours about how something might be nice, it takes organization and strength to go out and do it. Don’t let the small difficulties stop you, forge ahead and complete something that you can be happy about finishing.” —Josh
“I learned more about how to get involved in the community. I also learned about important issues that aren’t covered in a ‘normal’ academic class. I think I learned less about social studies and language arts than the ‘normal’ classes, but learning how to get involved made it okay.” —Zach
“It teaches gratitude.” —Brant
“Many people may have an idea, or a few skills, but actually doing the work allows you to become well rounded and see your plan in action. You learn as you go, finding what works and what needs improvement. These physical and mental exercises take time and practice to develop. It is great to get young adults out of a classroom and into a physical world where they can effect change, and learn to love the feeling of accomplishment.” —Josh