Cape Cod Academy seniors dedicate the last four weeks of the school year to their individual service learning projects. The planning process for the projects begins in late winter when each senior develops goals based on their talents and interests and what they hope to contribute. The students then research local organizations, identify those that might be a good fit, set up interviews, and work out details for their service. Each student ultimately chooses a single local non-profit and contributes at least 80 hours over the four weeks of the project.
During the four weeks of service, seniors are asked to write reflective essays and attend weekly meetings on campus to share their experiences. Seniors also honor their commitments to school teams, ensembles, rehearsals for the spring musical, and Advanced Placement exam preparation. The projects culminate during the first week in June with presentations to underclassmen and faculty.
The service learning project gives seniors the opportunity to extend their learning into a workplace environment. It requires them to take ownership and to be responsible. It drives home the goal we have for our graduates that their education prepare them to contribute in meaningful ways.