Freshman Service Requirement


Parent waivers with service placements will go out at the beginning of each semester through the Theology 1 class. 

In the past, freshmen have struggled with knowing where and how to set up service, feeling anxious about showing up at a service site on their own, and managing the general overwhelm of the freshman year.  The Day of Service seeks to mitigate some of these obstacles by offering the freshmen a structured experience of service in community with their classmates and teachers at respected service agencies in the community. Since its implementation, 100% of Freshmen have successfully completed their service requirement. 

The Day of Service is an excused, co-curricular absence that does not impact a student’s eligibility for co-curriculars later in the same day, and participation is required. 

After completing three hours of service with his class, each student is responsible for completing an additional three hours (minimum) of service with an agency that puts students in direct contact with people dealing with hunger, homelessness, poverty, physical or developmental disability, or isolation due to old age or illness. 

This service requirement is due by the end of the semester in which the student is enrolled in Theology 1. A list of pre-approved agencies is available in the Freshman Service and Justice Google Classroom, and students are welcome to propose other agencies that are not listed. 

No service is required in the semester during which the student is NOT enrolled in Theology 1, though all students are welcome to do service beyond the required minimum at any point and track that service.