At Crefeld, we believe that schools must prepare youth to fulfill their responsibilities as citizens; thus, we make citizenship development a more integral part of a student's learning experience.
We commit the entire school community - Middle School through Upper School as well as faculty and staff - to this goal through a weekly course called Community Service Learning (CSL). It focuses on pressing local, national, and world issues.
The individual CSLs focus on many issues including: elder services, urban education, preserving the natural environment, animal rights, global warming, and hunger.
The action that each group decides to take may include direct service to the community, writing to and lobbying elected officials, persuading Crefeld families to become more conscious of issues, or petitioning the school administration to alter programs or practices. In addition to the CSL groups run by Crefeld Faculty and Staff, we also allow students to explore other issues through Independent Community Service. These students work with a faculty member to guide their choice and make sure that they are getting the most out of their outside placement.
Our vision is that students will graduate from the Crefeld School informed about local, national and world issues, able to discuss different points of view on the issues, and ready to contribute to the common good.
To learn more about our community service, click on the wikis listed below:
2012-2013 Community Service Learning Groups