Service Learning

Rolling Hills Preparatory and Renaissance Schools ensure that our students are connected to their community through a variety of activities. Our service learning requirement is closely tied to our Sound Character pillar as students gain a sense of personal and social responsibility while developing their leadership, cooperation, and teamwork skills.

Whether they find themselves giving back to the local community or around the world, Rolling Hills Prep students understand that there is an obligation to serve the greater good whenever you have the chance.


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.


The Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools Service Learning Program offers several ways for students to fulfill their requirements.
  1. Through specific projects conceived, organized and carried out by one or more advisory groups or clubs on campus. Projects include habitat restoration at Machado Lake, tutoring at the partner schools, or planning and carrying out other opportunities.
  2. Pre-approved community service and service learning initiatives contained in this list.
  3. Individual volunteer efforts that are previously approved by Rachel Rubin, Service Learning Coordinator and Language Department Chair.

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 and 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 Rachel Rubin at 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 Yesela Tadeo, Dean of Students, 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 are available in the office or by downloading on the right.


Rachel Rubin
Service Learning Coordinator and Foreign Language Department Chair
Yesela Tadeo
Registrar and Upper School
Dean of Students