At Red Oaks our ethos and belief is that we are elevated and educated through service to our communities. A strong social conscience engenders social responsibility, community involvement, and positive change. At Red Oaks we are interested in laying the foundations for engaged global citizenship. The teaching of awareness, initiative, collaboration, involvement, and follow-through is a process that begins with the seeds of philanthropy in Early Childhood and grows in scope and responsibility through the Elementary and Middle School programs. At Red Oaks, community involvement is an essential component in each student’s personal growth and to the achievement of his/her fullest potential.
In our middle school, we believe that community involvement is an essential part of education. While adult-led community service is positive, student-led community service is empowering to young people. We require a number of hours of community service per school year, and students are responsible for keeping track and reporting their hours.
The 8th grade Community Project is our capstone event. Students match their passions to local issues and develop a comprehensive plan for community service that is individualized and assess via the external assessments provided by the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. All the faculty of our middle school is involved in supporting 8th graders in this important endeavor.