At Averroes we believe that Islam is a faith of action. Service to others (khidma) is a core requirement at Averroes High School, and we have designed an enriching service-learning experience that promotes students’ moral and spiritual development while also equipping them for college applications and career experience.
What is service-learning?
Community service is one of the main components of a strong college application. All Averroes students are required to volunteer in community service activities, and we guide them in applying their experiences in their personal and academic development. Our students work with organizations throughout the Bay Area in environmental, humanitarian, and policy/advocacy positions to truly grasp what these ideas mean and how they are executed in the field. These themes not only guide our service-learning placement but the entire grade’s curriculum.
Starting in the spring trimester, students use every Wednesday to gain valuable experience outside the classroom. Students are required to report to their designated location for a minimum of 4 hours each week. Students are required to check-in with their lead contact and perform their duties to the best of their ability. Families play an essential role - they are responsible for transporting students to and from their service site and are welcome to volunteer together!
Seniors fulfill their service-learning in an internship related to their career interests. This allows them to build a strong college application, and get great hands-on experience before they embark on their paths to college. Some examples of our seniors' fields have interned medicine, non-profit organizations, the sciences, fitness, and much more.