Service Learning

Service Learning Philosophy

Rolling Hills Preparatory School works in partnership with parents to develop in their college-bound students disciplined minds, sound character, healthy bodies, and creative spirits, through proven teaching methods within a supportive and stimulating academic environment.

Within the framework of this mission, the school specifies the following learning expectations as they relate to Sound Character:

• To develop skills of leadership, cooperation, and teamwork
• To demonstrate a sense of personal and social responsibility
• To develop cross-cultural appreciation and understanding
• To develop a positive and healthy appreciation of self 

Forms and Downloads

Service Learning Log

Head of School Service Learning Honor Roll, 2012-2013 Trimester I

Upcoming Service Learning Opportunities

Students of all ages may volunteer to help out at the Lunada Bay Harvest Festival on Sunday, October 13, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Please email Cindy Maxwell ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to get involved and let her know what time you will be available. There will not necessarily be an RHP or Renaissance faculty member at this event.

 

Food Bank Help: Project Needs works out of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (2600 Nelson Ave., Redondo Beach) and is always looking for students to volunteer on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 – 7:00 PM to help sort food, stock shelves, and portion out items. Please contact Paula Buckley if you are interested ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ). An RHP or Renaissance faculty member will not necessarily be present at the event.

Requirements

All Upper School students are required to complete 30 hours of Service Learning (community service) per year. Upper School students may complete additional hours in their freshman and sophomore years and bank them toward their obligation for their junior and senior years. Middle School students are required to complete 15 hours of Service Learning per year. 

Options

The RHP and Renaissance Service Learning Program offers three ways students can fulfill their requirements:

1. Through specific projects conceived, organized and carried out by one or more Advisory Groups. Projects include habitat restoration at Machado Lake, tutoring at the partner schools, or planning and carrying out other opportunities.

2. By participating in one of the volunteer programs at one of our partner organizations. See the list of approved partner organizations below.

3. Individual volunteer efforts:

• Participating in any of the numerous opportunities that will be posted on the Calendar on this page
• Volunteering for any project at any of the approved partner organizations
• Working on an approved project to benefit the school
• Other volunteering that has been approved in advance by the school 

Approved Partner Organizations

• Harbor Park (Machado Lake)
• Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (PVPLC)
• Taper Avenue Elementary School
• Toberman Neighborhood Center 

Service Learning Resources

iVolunteer - Los Angeles
Looking for Service Learning options around Los Angeles? Check out iVolunteer - Los Angeles. This resource organizes different Service Learning opportunities by category. RHP and Renaissance staff will not be present at all these events, but there are great opportunities to find a project that you are interested in. Be sure to fill out the Service Learning log form at your event. 

Head of School Honor Roll

Students will be placed on the Head of School Service Learning Honor Roll when they complete a minimum number of hours of volunteer time (15 hours for Upper School, seven hours for Middle School) in one trimester. Students may complete the entire Honor Roll requirement (45 hours for Upper School, 21 hours for Middle School) during the summer or in one trimester and remain on the Honor Roll for the year. Students may be asked to share their work with their advisory groups to help them reflect on their activities and to introduce their peers to potential opportunities.

The advisory presentation will focus on answering the following questions:

• In what activities did I participate?
• How did I help people?
• How could this activity be improved or built upon?
• What did I learn from the opportunity? 

Approval & Recording

Students who wish to volunteer for an event that is not pre-approved (i.e., it is not on the School Calendar or with a partner organization listed on this page) must email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. IN ADVANCE with the name of the organization and a brief description of the proposed volunteer work.

Volunteer log forms for all service work must be filled out, signed by a supervisor (who is not related to the student) from the organization for which students are volunteering, and turned in to Mr. Boccuzzi for hours to be counted. Hours must be turned in before the end of the current trimester to be considered for the Service Learning Honor Roll. Volunteer log forms areavailable in the office, from Mr. Boccuzzi, or by clicking the link below.