nginx Engagement program at GDS strives to teach empathy, respect, and love for one another through experiential programs that challenge, inspire and dare us to be better friends to ourselves, our peers, and the earth we all share.
These programs are embedded in students’ school life as service-learning projects, advocacy initiatives, and community service activities, which often have curricular ties.
nginx Engagement at GDS includes working closely with local community organizations, as well as within our GDS community.
nginx service has been a bedrock of GDS’s educational mission since the school’s founding. We firmly believe that independent community service helps prepare GDS students for life. Students who interact within and outside of their communities, who have engaged with —and learned about—a variety of individuals, and who have had to think critically about real-world problems, leave GDS prepared for the 21st century with better communication and collaboration skills, an ability to think creatively about the world’s challenges, and tools that empower them to address the systemic inequities that exist in the world.
- What makes community engagement different at GDS?
- How is community engagement different from community service and service-learning?
- Is community service required?
- How do we identify opportunities for partnership?
Georgetown Day School's pre-K–12
nginx Engagement Program provides a continuum designed to move students from an understanding of the meaning of service and altruism to an increasingly sophisticated understanding of significant social and environmental issues. In building this foundation of engagement and awareness, students come into contact with a variety of communities and cultures that may differ from their own and gain a better sense of where they themselves fit in the larger community.
Community engagement is an intentionally expansive term to describe all the ways in which GDS participates and connects to the world beyond our school. "
nginx service" and "service learning" do not accurately capture all the work our students are doing nor does it reflect why GDS has placed such an emphasis on these experiences.
We seek to develop sustained, reciprocal partnerships with organizations that address demonstrated community needs. Frequently, we expand our partnerships in response to student or staff interests and pursuits. We aim to work with a variety of organizations that address different needs such as food insecurity, homelessness, increasing access to education, and environmental sustainability.