Service

Service Learning Opportunities and Resources



Welcome to the the St. Luke's Service page.  These resources are here to help students as they live out our school motto, Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve. Supportive parents will also find many of their questions about the service requirement answered here.


Frequently Asked Questions

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the purpose of the reflection and hourly service requirement in the Upper School? 

    This requirement helps students develop habits of reaching out beyond their communities. Through engaging with nonprofits, students explore their leadership strengths and start to develop empathy for people who have different experiences. 
  • How many hours of community service do I need to complete in the Upper School?

    • Every Upper School student is required to complete twenty hours of community service per high school year.  These hours accumulate over the years to reach the total required for graduation (so if a student earns more than 20 hours in a year, those excess hours will be applied to the following year). 
    • Additionally, all students must complete ONE reflection over the course of their high school years on a service experience that they have had. Details can be found on this Service Resource page. 
    • Students may start acquiring hours as soon as they complete 8th grade. 
  • What do I need to know about the Service Reflection? 

    Students are required to devote 20 hours of their service to a single cause or organization.  For example, they could volunteer 20 hours with a single homeless shelter, or they can distribute 20 hours of service among different homeless shelters.  That experience will become part of their Service Reflection, which is due anytime before Spring Break of senior year (it can be done as early as freshman year, if the student has done the 20 hours).  See the Reflection Requirement in the Download section of this page for more details on the writing.
  • What sort of community service “counts?”

    • All hours that are not paid with any nonprofit organization (outside of St. Luke's School) will count.
    • Any paid work, whether or not it is for a nonprofit, may not be applied toward this requirement.  
    • If a student volunteers their time with a for-profit organization, half of the hours will apply toward their community service requirement. When submitting hours through MobileServe, please write in the comment box that you are recording 1/2 of the hours that were volunteered. 
  • What about volunteer work that I do at St. Luke's School?

    On-campus service is a meaningful way to support the school community and can help build a strong leadership resume. A central part of the service requirement is reaching out beyond the school community, so we generally don't grant service hours for volunteer work that serves St. Luke's School. However, a student may get volunteer hours for work on campus under the following circumstances:
    • The on-campus activity involves a nonprofit, such as volunteering at the Special Olympics basketball tournament or a large on-campus fundraising activity for a nonprofit organization.
    • The on-campus activity is designed to reach out to non-SLS community members. 
  • How do I document my hours? 

    • Starting May 2018, all hours will be documented through the online Mobile Serve system. Please look at the link above for getting started. 
    • When using Mobile Serve, you will verify your work in one of four ways: email or signature from your supervisor, geo-tag, or photo of a certificate.
  • How do I find out about volunteer work?

    • Your grade will have at least one volunteer activity during the year that can help get you started.
    • There are many all-school community service activities at which you can earn hours.
    • Check with local organizations: rec departments, libraries and fire departments have all been popular with our students. Some students also do volunteer work through their religious organization, scout troop or National Charity League.
    • This Service Resource Board has many suggestions for volunteer work. In particular, please see the Ongoing Opportunities in the Links section and special events in the Announcements section
    • The annual Service Symposium will expose you to a number of volunteer opportunities.
    • Please set up an appointment with Ms. Parker-Burgard in the Center for Leadership to meet with her and discuss your particular interests.
  • Should I continue documenting hours after I complete the requirement?

    • Yes, but once you’ve met the requirement you may put in the Director of the Center for Leadership as your supervisor. There is no need to have an outside supervisor sign off on them.
  • Why should I continue documenting hours after completing the requirement?

    • If we know what you’re doing, you can be a resource for other students as they look for volunteer opportunities in certain fields.
    • Students find it helpful to have hours recorded as it becomes a resource for them when applying for summer jobs, scholarships and college.
    • We really like knowing what our students are doing in the community. It gives us a more complete picture of the student and of service at St. Luke's School.
  • Do I need to work with any specific organizations?

    • No, students are encouraged to use their passions and interests to find things that are meaningful.  Students may choose to do all of their hours with a single organization, or spread their hours among different projects. Students in the class of 2019 and later are required to do at least 20 hours with a single organization or cause (please see the Reflection Requirement document for more information on that).

Announcements: Where You Can Help

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Community Service Downloads

  • Reflection Requirement
    As part of the community service requirement, students focus some of their service organization with a single organization or cause and write a short reflection on it.  Please click here for details.
St. Luke’s School is a secular private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.