Service Learning

At The Colorado Springs School, we value giving back to the community and fostering real connections between our students and the people and organizations of the Pikes Peak region.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Mahatma Gandhi

By giving back, we hope to have useful and tangible effects on individuals, the community, and the environment of our area. In the longer term, we know that giving one’s time and energy to others is a healthy habit that can be learned and likely will inform a lifetime of community-minded thought and action.

Children’s School

In prekindergarten through 5th grade, Children's School students participate in a Service Learning project that supports CSS and the surrounding community. PreK students pick up trash on the playground and around the creek that runs through the property. Kindergarteners visit the Myron Stratton Home, where they participate in various activities with senior friends. First graders collect gently used and new books for the Head Start preschool program at Stratton Meadows Elementary School. Additionally, 1st grade connects with the Humane Society and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as they incorporate their knowledge of mammals and ways to help the outstanding missions of these organizations. Second graders collect food for Care and Share. Students in 3rd grade practice recycling and composting around CSS, picking up trash on campus, and visiting the recycling center at the Garden of the Gods. Fourth graders visit senior friends every month at Broadmoor Court Senior Living Center. They play games, share school projects and learn interviewing and conversational skills by engaging with their senior friends. Fifth graders combine their Independent Study project with developing awareness for a nonprofit cause by donating time and money to assist that group.

Middle School

All Middle School Students participate in at least three Service Learning days each school year. Sixth graders connect with Care and Share, Westside Cares, and other food distribution organizations in Colorado Springs. Students gain an understanding and appreciation for the food production cycle. Seventh graders work with CPCD Head Start, becoming an active part of the classroom, helping with the young children. Eighth graders work with the Rocky Mountain Field Institute on habitat conservation and trail maintenance. They gain an appreciation for the natural landscape and manual labor while working as a large team to create very tangible outcomes.

Upper School

Upper School students take part in service both through school opportunities and on their own. CSS students have participated in Service Learning days throughout the years and served such organizations as the local food bank, senior organizations, literacy projects, and environmental restoration and clean-up projects. Partner agencies have included: New Roots Farm, El Pomar Youth Sports Park, Head Start, Care and Share, and Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center, to name a few.

Service outside of school is also encouraged to allow students to dedicate time to passions and meaningful organizations. These hours accumulated with charitable agencies must be supervised and certified by adults. Workaround the house or for a family business does not qualify for service learning credit. The student may not receive any pay, credit, goods, or services in return for community service. Many students exceed the required community service hours graduation requirements.