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Service Learning

Our Core Values of Trust, Respect, Integrity, and Responsibility help to infuse our mission within our community. To help prepare our students to become productive contributors in a changing world, we conduct our learning in a Culture of Performance where students demonstrate they can do what they have learned. This includes hands-on service with personal reflection.

Community Action

In an effort to build an understanding and respect for the diversity of people and cultures, we ask all students to serve our local and global community in a way that is meaningful to them.  We help students identify their passion, then challenge them to investigate opportunities that will turn their passion into action. We believe that performing community service reduces a sense of entitlement and helps students gain a clearer understanding of social injustices, with an ultimate goal of increasing equity and inclusion. 

Photo of Seattle Academy Middle School students participating in the Seattle Challenge

Seattle Challenge

A three-day urban retreat designed for Seattle Academy’s 8th-grade students. The program explores the realities of people who experience poverty and homelessness in the city of Seattle.

Photo of Seattle Academy Upper School students volunteering for Survive the Streets as part of the Student Service Learning

Survive the Streets

The CSO Club organizes a school-wide drive for sleeping bags and backpacks that are donated to Survive the Streets, an organization committed to serving homeless men and women. On Thanksgiving morning, upper school students serve the homeless men and women a hot breakfast, then act as personal shoppers at a pop-up store that provides much needed warm clothing, bedding items, and hygiene kits for the homeless community.

Photo of Seattle Academy Service Learning Blood Drive with Bloodworks


The CSO Club has partnered with Bloodworks NW to educate our community about the importance of blood donation, and to recruit donors. Students and faculty commit an hour out of their day to donate blood in an effort to help ensure there is not a critical shortage of blood.

Photo of Seattle Academy Middle School Student participating at a Food Bank

Food Drive

The CSO Club organizes a school-wide food drive competition during “Spirit Week” to collect canned goods benefitting local food banks. In addition, club members partner with local grocers to collect additional canned goods from their patrons.

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