Service Learning

Service-learning supports the mission of the district by providing engaging and relevant learning experiences connected to service through classroom curriculum. These authentic experiences meet real community needs, have strong ties to the curriculum, and include meaningful preparation and reflection.

The Upper Arlington Schools Strategic Plan promotes the use of service-learning as a teaching strategy for 100% of our students every year.

  • In 2011, Upper Arlington received a Certificate of Recognition from the Ohio Department of Education for its commitment to service-learning, one of only two districts in the state to receive this designation.

  • Each building has designated staff who serve as Service-learning Leaders.  These trained educators model high-quality service-learning with their own students and act as coaches for colleagues.

  • High-quality professional development in the form of graduate courses are offered to all staff members, providing inspiration and knowledge about service-learning techniques.

  • In 2011, freshmen from UAHS received the State Farm National Service-learning Leadership Award for the Strides for Sudan project.

  • UA teachers and students join other Central Ohio schools as part of the Growing Together Service Learning Network, for networking, inspiration and high-quality professional development experiences.

Community Service

Community service, while different from content-connected Service-learning, compliments our efforts to encourage students to be engaged, caring community members. Both middle school and high school students are required to do 5-6 hours per year. 

Students can keep track of their service hours, see local service opportunities and check out service awards on x2Vol, located on their Naviance Dashboard. Keeping track of service hours will help students interested in applying for jobs, college and internships. In addition, we have many awards and scholarship opportunities connected to students who choose to spend their time using their gifts and talents in the community. In the spring of 2021-- even during the time of COVID restrictions, our students have submitted over 7,600 hours of community service with an economic impact of more than $194,000 in volunteer time, exemplifying “Serve, Lead, Succeed.” 

In 2021, 45 UAHS students received the President’s Volunteer Service Award and 61 seniors received the Senior Service Honor Cord worn at graduation.
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