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Service Learning

Inspiring students to take action

Calhoun’s community service program is designed to inspire students to become active citizens within their communities, foster a better understanding of their responsibility to equity and social justice, and encourage a lifelong commitment to community engagement.

Community engagement and social justice are central to Calhoun’s philosophy, culture and curriculum. Students of all ages have the opportunity to be social advocates and activists. Students learn early on that they have the power to make change, and service learning sets the stage for them to take action. While students from every division participate in school-directed service learning projects and activities, Upper School students are required to complete a minimum of 60 hours of community service.

Calhoun has cultivated partnerships with a number of organizations across the city, giving students the opportunity to explore causes that speak to them. 

Our goal is that engaging in one’s community starts at Calhoun and continues throughout a student’s life.


Debbie Aronson '79
Director of Community Service Learning

Community Partners

See examples of service organizations that Calhoun partners with

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