Upper School

Service Learning, For Themselves and Others

While stressing a rigorous academic preparation, Gilman's philosophy and program acknowledges that the ultimate preparation of the student is for humanitarian service. The Upper School Community Service Program provides the students the opportunity to experience involvement with and service to others.

Every Gilman student must perform community service as a requirement for graduation.

Civic Engagement and Service Learning Program

The Gilman Civic Engagement and Service Learning Program (CESL), a grant program for Upper School students to promote community involvement and social action both globally and locally, provides two grants per year for boys in grades 9 through 11 to pursue community service projects over the summer.

"The program's goal is to teach civic literacy, promote civic engagement, and develop social entrepreneurs by stimulating student awareness of local and global issues and encouraging students to lead volunteer efforts that will affect positive, measurable, and lasting change," says Donell Thompson '91.

The CESL projects are generated by student interest and community need. Students research domestic or international community service opportunities or design their own projects; grants will be awarded through a competitive application process.

Selection is based upon students' commitment to the issue, ability to articulate the impact of the proposed project, potential for student growth, program budget, plan for sustained service to the target community, and plan for enriching the Gilman community through the service project.

community service

requirements and forms