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Service Learning Requirements

Distinction in Service Learning

Distinction in Service Learning Requirements (A-E)


A. Apply for the program with the Service Learning Coordinator no later than February 1 of 10th grade. New to Woodward 11th grade students must immediately apply to the program upon enrolling to see if meeting all the requirements would be possible to fulfill.

B. Complete at least one of two service learning courses and earn a B or higher average or a pre-approved four-week summer internship with a community partner organization such as Love Beyond Walls or the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

  1. Service Learning: Horizons
  2. Service Learning: Ethical Global Engagement

C. Complete four semester credits of the following courses and achieve a B or higher average in the four courses. (NOTE: Students who enroll in full-year courses will receive 2 credits per course)

  1. Personal Finance
  2. Debate, Intermediate Debate, Advanced Debate (only two semesters can count toward the four)
  3. Cybersecurity
  4. Environmental Science or AP Environmental Science (up to two semesters can count toward the four)
  5. Ethical Dilemmas and Decision Making 1 and/or 2
  6. Journalism I
  7. Topics in Multicultural/Ethics, and Diversity Studies
  8. Global Integrated Science (summer semester offering; maximum of one semester; not offered every summer)

D. Complete 160 service learning hours through WA Serves and the Service Learning program during Upper School career (9th through 12th). (NOTE: Service hour limits were adjusted during academic year 19-20 and academic year 20-21 due to COVID 19. In keeping with the requirement that students pursuing the Distinction must complete twice as many service hours as their counterparts, the service hour requirements for the Distinction are adjusted also. Students in the Class of 2024 must complete 140 service learning hours during their Upper School career.) Students must engage with at least six (6) of the listed ten (10) organizations in their junior and senior years and cannot earn more than 60 of the required service hours with any one organization. This list may change yearly as WA Service Projects change.

  1. Blessings in a Backpack 
  2. Canned Food Drive
  3. College Park Healthcare Senior Center
  4. Habitat for Humanity
  5. Horizons Atlanta
  6. Jesse Draper Boys & Girls Club
  7. Love Beyond Walls
  8. Terranova Education 
  9. The Main Street Academy Tutoring
  10. WA Grows

E. Capstone Project: Students will be assigned a Service Learning mentor to design, implement, and create a Service Learning experience highlighting one local or global disparity, inequity, or need. Upon completion, senior students will write a reflection paper and create a capstone project that no later than April 1 will be presented to and reviewed by a panel of Service Learning coordinators and faculty sponsors.