Service is an important part of a Latin education. It's part of our mission to "encourage individual development and civility in our students by inspiring them to learn, by encouraging them to serve others, and by offering them many growth-promoting opportunities." Throughout their K-12 journey at Latin, students have numerous opportunities to participate in service projects where they learn the importance of caring for others in the Charlotte community and beyond.
Our curriculum is specifically designed to promote service learning. Not only are students encouraged to engage with others through tangible outreach, they are taught the critical thinking and project management skills that prepare them to make a positive difference in the lives of others. This experiential education model fosters self-confidence, self-awareness, and empathy.
In the Upper School, the Charlotte Latin Community Service Program is managed by the students. While there is no formal requirement of service hours for graduation, the class of 2017 conducted 10,000 hours of service during their high school years.
Latin's Service Society encourages Upper School students to participate in the Community Service Program and recognizes students who make significant contributions through service. Service Society induction requires 150 hours of service over their high school years.
The 2018-2019 All-School Service Learning Project will focus on hunger in the greater Charlotte area. Instead of focusing only on raising donations, we will focus on educating the Charlotte Latin Community about hunger. Keeping this goal in mind, we will focus on four key aspects: Conserve, Donate, Engage and Educate. Various service opportunities focused on these four aspects will be offered throughout the year for each division.
Charlotte Latin is the first private or independent school in the country with a senior class that funded and built a Habitat for Humanity House. The Latin community has funded and built four Habitat houses over the past 19 years and annually assists with local builds for Habitat. In 2016, Latin will send volunteers to work with Habitat El Salvador for the fifth time in eight years.