The community service requirement at Beacon dates back to our first graduating class. Beacon students, usually in their sophomore year, make a commitment to volunteer their time with a single organization. The experience is supported by a curriculum taught through our advisories that asks students to discuss questions of social justice in our broader New York City community and to reflect on what they learn through their service.
Volunteer experiences introduce students to new aspects of life in the city, offer them opportunities to take on new responsibilities, provide them with an introduction to adult workplaces, and make connections between what they learn in the classroom and the world around them.
The program usually runs through 10th grade, but because of the restrictions that we faced during the 2020-21 school year, the Class of 2023 will complete their community service this year. The class of 2024 will begin their community service later this school year. Check back here for updates.