In the Upper Division, students provide service within the community, both formally and informally. The purpose of community service in the Upper Division is to foster responsibility, commitment and community spirit while helping students learn about themselves and the world around us. For the students’ formal service requirement, it is expected that the students will find volunteer positions performing service in the community. The expectation is that the volunteer opportunity will be an activity that is both interesting and rewarding, and that the student will realize the value of contributing to the community. The goal for each student is to perform luminous community service, an act which demonstrates charity and a genuine caring for humanity.
Each student in the Upper Division is required to complete and submit documentation for community service hours. Students in grades 9 - 11 are required to complete at least 22 hours of community service for each year. Students in grade 12 are required to complete at least 10 hours of community service. Further, students in grades 11 and 12 are required to complete at least one half of their required hours at a non-Berkeley agency.
Service to others occurs throughout the school year. Drives, enrichment and tutoring programs, as well as student-run initiatives, all aim to provide service opportunities that authentically meet the needs of our community. Service in Berkeley’s Upper Division is guided by a student leadership team comprised of representatives from each grade.
The grade 12 service experience culminates with a Senior Project. The Senior Project is a venture that is intended not only to bring the senior class together, but also provide service to the community. The project is designed and managed by the seniors, reinforcing the individual and independent responsibility and commitment to service.