At TBS, we define service learning as service experiences, integrated into classroom curricula, that include the examination of power, privilege, and oppression. Service learning means engaging in activism to change social and economic systems in support of social and environmental equity and justice.
Through interdisciplinary teaching practices, K-8 classrooms feature service learning as a core component of their curricula and make connections with multicultural elements of identity such as ethnicity, culture, language, race, gender, and class. Students develop academic, intellectual, social, and emotional skills through the five steps of service learning: investigation, research, action, reflection, and celebration.
In partnership with the global youth empowerment organization WE, middle school students develop leadership skills through conducting individual or small-group service learning projects of their choice. These experiences allow them to channel their passion for justice and equity into meaningful change-making efforts and help develop the agency, and citizenship, necessary to engage a changing world.
To learn more about service learning and social justice at The Berkeley School, please contact the Director of Student Life.
K - 8 Campus
1310 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
Early Childhood Campus
2030 Francisco Street
Berkeley, CA 94709