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8th Grade Community Based Learning

Middle School teachers design projects that align with their humanities or science curriculum. Current events take hold strongly in the middle school, leading civic educational opportunities and service learning projects to emerge. Student interests are also taken strongly into consideration. Projects vary from year to year, exploring such issues as homelessness, voting, and gun control.

What we do:

  • Community and school serve one another over time
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Participatory action research and public education to create campaigns and sustainable change

How we do it:

  • Emergent, based on what students notice in the world and connects with the curriculum
  • Eighth grade projects have included partnerships with the San Francisco Food Bank, Notre Dame Plaza, Free the Children, Tree New Mexico, the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, NAIS 20/20 Challenge with partner school in Lahore, Pakistan, City of San Francisco (registering voters)