School Life

Service Learning

Serving one’s community -- on the Prep campus and beyond -- has always been at the heart of the Hilton Head Prep educational experience. From the very youngest students to the seniors, everyone is mindful of the need for and the joy in serving others.

Each year, the lower school students emphasize values such as kindness and empathy to their peers and to members of their community. Through visits to and performances at local retirement and assisted living facilities, visits to the local humane society, and growing awareness of abuse prevention, students keep “service” at the forefront of their learning.

As students move on to middle school, their attention to community service is enhanced through participation in various clubs and leadership organizations such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), the Bold & Gold program, and the National Junior Honor Society. Future plans call for middle school participation in the Junior Rotary Interact Club. Middle school students submit their verified community service hours to the middle school coordinator for recognition at the annual Mayor’s Youth Service Awards celebration.

In the upper school, all students must perform at least ten (10) hours of documented community service hours each year. These hours may reflect participation locally or literally around the country and around the world. Local organizations and events such as Relay for Life, Memory Matters, Volunteers in Medicine, NAMI Walks,the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the Humane Society (just to name a few) all benefit from student involvement. Of special interest is the Neighborhood Outreach Connection (NOC) just down the road from the Prep campus. There, students volunteer on a regular basis to tutor non-English speaking students in this valuable program. Upper school students submit their completed hours through Naviance/X2VOL; these hours are then submitted by the upper school coordinator for recognition at the annual Mayor’s Youth Service Awards celebration.

Being part of the Hilton Head Prep family means serving the Prep family and beyond.