Community Service


Fostering awareness

Students learn the commitment to use their talents and skills for the benefit of others and to engage students in concrete service projects in our community. The required tenth grade YSOP overnight program in NYC provides our students an opportunity to work in soup kitchens and pantries that support the homeless. In addition to requiring the 10th grade community service course and trip, we strongly encourage our students to volunteer for our after school program, serving children, youth, the handicapped, the homeless, and the elderly. The W.A.T.C.H. committee has a list of volunteer opportunities.

Independent Service Project (ISP) - ISP is a graduation requirement for seniors that provide a two or three week opportunity at the end of May or beginning of June for seniors to pursue activities and studies in the community. Each senior designs a project that is reviewed by an ISP committee, composed of faculty and students. The student also chooses a sponsor to work with on the project. (Finding an outside sponsor is encouraged; a faculty advisor then acts as a liaison between the sponsor and the school.) Upon completion of the project, the student gives a presentation to the seniors and the ISP committee. The ISP committee rates the project as satisfactory or unsatisfactory, and this rating goes on the student’s official transcript. The student must earn a grade of satisfactory to fulfill the graduation requirement.

Work Program: All students are required to contribute their help to the school. The housekeeping chores of lunchroom and classroom clean-up, the routine duties of switchboard, library service, and clerical assistance, the occasional need for admissions aides and tour guides - all offer opportunities for service to the school, to foster a sense of belonging, of caring, of making a positive difference to the physical and social ambiance of Friends Academy.

Daily Community Service Outreach


  • Boys & Girls Club: (meet in the library @ 3:30, back to campus 5:00 pm)
  • Sr. Citizens Computer Help: (meet in the library @ 3:30, back to campus 5pm)


  • Sandwich Making in the cafeteria @ 3:10
  • Special Olympics Basketball (6:00 – 6:45 fieldhouse)
  • Boys & Girls Club: (meet in the library @ 3:30, back to campus 5:00 pm)


  • Art Therapy in the Dolan Center art room 3:45 – 4:45
  • Music Therapy Dolan Center in the lower level practice room 3:30 – 5:00
  • Boys & Girls Club: (meet in the library @ 3:30, back to campus 5:00 pm)


  • Quad clean up right after school 3:10 (meet outside Dolan Center)


Director of Community Service
Julia Burt