Wildwood empowers its students to become passionate advocates for local and global communities. Through a variety of community involvement experiences interwoven with the academic program, they gain perspective and come to understand the impact one individual can have on the world.
In elementary school, children participate in ongoing classroom service learning projects that are developmentally appropriate for the age of the children and are often linked to the curriculum. For example, when Pod students are studying the social studies theme of “Home and Habitats”, they address homelessness and provide the local homeless population through food and supply drives. When 2nd graders study “Our Coastal Community,” they explore the Wetlands and find ways to aid the migration of butterflies and birds. In the upper grades, students work with topics such as hunger, aid for our troops and veterans, and children with disabilities.
In middle and upper school, the Community Involvement program is structured by grade and division, and it features a classroom curriculum that ties into on-site work experiences.
Sixth graders investigate issues related to their environment–personally, locally, and globally. Using Wildwood and the city of Los Angeles as a resource, they ask the essential question, “What does environmental stewardship look like?” Students examine their home environment and their school environment and considering their observations and the lessons they learn, take action within the broader community.
Seventh and 8th graders explore different types of communities including veterans’ affairs, nursing homes, and public schools, while considering the essential question, “How are communities shaped by circumstance and perspective?” Students serve the elderly, veterans, and public school students through action projects and regular interactions.
Ninth graders create, design, and implement a health fair for the students of Braddock Drive Elementary School. Employing information and skills learned in their 9th grade Mind/Body classes, students inform and educate Braddock students in health and wellness issues.
Tenth graders continue their work with the elementary students of Braddock Drive Elementary School as reading buddies. Through this involvement, students develop their social, emotional, and interpersonal skills.
Eleventh grade students give back to their school community by assisting at the middle and upper campus or by volunteering at an outside service agency of their choice. Within the school community, students write articles for school publications, serve as a classroom teacher assistant, or assist in an administrative department.
Seniors create, plan, and execute a community involvement project of their own design. Each project reflects the student’s individual ideas and passions, and it is the culmination of the ideals of citizenship and the connection to community that Wildwood fosters in all its students.