At NCS, we believe that we have an obligation to make a difference in the world, to contribute to the greater good, and to respond with purpose to the needs of others. Service learning is an essential part of our school culture and the student experience.
Service projects touch every grade at NCS, helping students understand the importance of discovering, exploring, and bettering their communities. Through these efforts, we hope students develop a sensitivity to social challenges and a lifelong sense of moral responsibility.
Before the start of 12th grade, an NCS student must have performed 60 volunteer hours of direct service and completed a reflection. Many NCS graduates come to see community service—coming to the aid of those in need—as a highlight of their time on the Close, and they make what began as a school requirement into a mission of personal growth.