High School Service Learning
Each student is required to complete 10 hours of service each year. This will accumulate if not completed and is a requirement for graduation. The students taking the International Baccalaurette program are required to complete a higher number of service hours. (Please see the HS IB program for more details.)
Over the past three years, students have traveled to Nepal, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, and Borneo.
The high school has 13 service clubs which are a cornerstone in the Service Learning Program for developing leadership, collaboration and initiative through event planning. Annual events include High School Leadership Retreat, Picnic in the Park, Fall Festival, Earth Week and PCRF Dinner. For a complete list of these clubs and a brief description of each, click here. Check out these student websites below.
Global Issues Network Program (GIN)
The GIN Program connects students with an inspiring program that motivates young people to "be the change." Students participating in this program attend international conferences with world-renowned inspirational speakers. They return with many ideas to make a difference at home. Our local events GINergy which is a student-run weekend.
To view pictures from this event, click here.
ACS has a long-term goal of becoming a "green school." The Green Team works to support a variety of initiatives to encourage better practice from lower energy use to eliminating plastic water bottles. The team works with the Abu Dhabi Sustainable Schools Program and are in partnership with six local schools and Roots and Shoots, the NGO founded by Jane Goodall.
This year, the NYU Sila Conference opened at ACS as the featured school for the green school project. Participants from several local universities toured the campus, interviewed our Green Team, and then develop competing proposals about how best to make ACS more of a "Green School." The winning team was awarded $5,000 to implement their proposal. The solution was to teach students how to make non-toxic, biodegradable liquid soaps for hygiene, educational, and environmental purposes. The winning team hopes to reduce the amount of toxins released into the air and eliminate the harmful chemicals that students come in contact with everyday by using regular soaps.
To view pictures of the Sila Conference, click here.
The service program works with many local partners who provide a variety of opportunities for our students. These include:
- Sheikh Khalifa Hospital
- New York University Abu Dhabi
- Special Care Centre
- Future Centre
- Operation Smile
- Emirates Wildlife Society -World Wildlife Federation
- Medecins Sans Frontieres (NSF) International
- Abu Dhabi Cause Connect
- The Enterprise Club
ACS students have also organized "bus raids", labor camp dinners and supported the Box Appeal.
Click the picture to view more photos of the Special Care Centre event.
CAS - Creativity, Action and Service
CAS is a requirement of the IB Diploma program. This results in a high level of engagement by these 60 to 70 students who pursue the full diploma. They are active in many of the service club events and also show initiative in a variety of aspects of campus life. Each student must complete a CAS project. The following are some examples:
- Winter Formal Dance – Raised money to provide medical aid for workers in the UAE.
- Syrian School Supplies Collection Campaign – Collected 10 boxes of school supplies for displaced children in refugee camps.
- Clothing Collection and Giveaway – Collected and distributed more than 35 boxes of clothes, shoes, and blankets to the community in need and Syrian refugees.
- GIN AD Hungry for Change
- Untitled Dance Show
- World Bicycle Relief Organization – Raised enough money to buy at least 20 bikes to empower rural people in Africa through transportation.