Service Learning: Compassion in Action

Service Learning is an integral part of McLean School, and engages students in meaningful service to their school and communities through on-campus, off-campus, and international programs. Service Learning includes preparation, a service activity, reflection, and faculty or staff coordination. Service Learning, unlike volunteerism, includes reflection time as an integral part of its success. Research shows that students learn best (1) by doing, (2) by serving, and (3) by reflecting on the experience. Our Service Learning goals are for students to develop:
  • intellectual development (problem solving)
  • basic skills acquisition (communication)
  • moral and ethical development
  • social and civic responsibility
  • career preparation
McLean’s annual Service Day engages students and teachers in grades K-12 with partnerships with more than 12 community organizations to provide service opportunities that support the environment and benefit the community. This school wide commitment increase school spirit and advances the feelings of camaraderie among the students. 

List of 3 items.

  • Lower School Service Learning

    In conjunction with the Lower School Pledge Program and their daily work on citizenship skills, Kindergarten through Grade 4 students gain an understanding of the importance of service to their community. Students learn that they are part of many communities, extending from families to the classroom and school communities. Further, they learn to recognize that their citizenship places them in local, state, national and world communities. The Lower School remains committed to supporting those in need in the Washington Metropolitan Area during the holiday season. Annual food drives have gathered canned foods and non-perishable items for Manna Food Center and the Montgomery County Holiday Giving Program. Students also collected and distributed new toys for Montgomery County families in need for the past few years.

    Lower School Service Learning opportunities:
    • Visits to the Brookdale Senior Center to perform songs, make holiday cards, and play Bingo with the residents.
    • Partnership with Comfort Cases to learn about foster care children and help pack overnight cases for them with donated personal care items and new socks. 
    • Utilization of the "So What Else Program" and learning about "Pesky Plastics” to create classroom and family recycling charts after a visit to the Montgomery County Recycling Center.
    • Partnership with the Locust Grove Nature Center to learn about different environmental stewardship practices, such as invasive weed pull, stream clean up and park improvement projects.
  • Middle School Service Learning

    Service Learning is an integral part of the curriculum in all Middle School grades. The goal of Service Learning is to promote social awareness and to better understand the multidimensional challenges of our country and world. The goal is for students to learn from and reflect upon their service experiences. Each grade level includes unique experiences that build upon each other and are developmentally appropriate.

    Middle School Service Learning opportunities:
    • Food preparation and customer support in the clothing store at Martha’s Table in Washington DC, a non-profit dedicated to providing healthy food, affordable clothing, and quality education. 
    • Working at A Wider Circle, a non-profit organization that supports families in poverty. 
    • Reading Buddies for a local Title 1 elementary school. 
    • Cross Divisional Buddy Program with kindergarten and first grade students.
  • Upper School Service Learning

    McLean School is active in the community through all-school, divisional, and individual efforts. Students gain a sense of awareness and empowerment by participating in Service Learning.

    In recent years Upper School students have supported many organizations through mini-walks and food preparation for the homeless, coat and blanket drives, and raising funds through a variety of activities.

    Upper School students are proud to have supported the following organizations :
    • Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
    • The Children’s Inn at NIH
    • Montgomery County Animal Shelter
    • Manna Food Center of Montgomery County
    • and March of Dimes.
    Upper School students are required to complete 40 Service Learning hours as part of their graduation requirements. Students have the opportunity to become connected with the community outside school. It is the goal of the Service Learning requirement to foster compassion and a sense of social responsibility.

K-12 College Preparatory School Supporting Bright Students’ Individual Strengths and Challenges.

McLean School is an independent, co-educational, K-12 day school serving Maryland, Washington, and Virginia. McLean has for over sixty years been helping students realize their full potential by providing a comprehensive college preparatory program that emphasizes small classes and differentiated instruction. We embrace both traditional learners and ones with mild to moderate learning challenges – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and challenges related to anxiety and executive functioning. Many of our students excel in some areas while benefiting from support in others.
8224 Lochinver Lane, Potomac, Maryland 20854  301.299.8277