ABOVE: The Westridge Water Warriors host their annual fair to raise funds for building clean water systems at schools in Africa.
Westridge promotes opportunities for leadership and service that motivate and empower girls to shape the values and goals of their communities. We nurture the development of character and values that inspire girls to pursue the goals of justice and equality in both the local and global communities.
At Westridge, girls gain the confidence and skill to advocate for themselves and others by speaking up with authentic and informed voices. Learn more below about how we integrate Service Learning into our program at every level.
ABOVE: In 2015, Westridge students collected materials to put together hundreds of hygiene kits for Syrian refugees.
At Westridge, girls gain the confidence and skill to advocate for themselves and others by speaking up with authentic and informed voices.
In Lower School, girls become aware of their important roles as global citizens through service learning projects such as Petridge School for Animals, an annual pet-friendly community fundraiser that benefits the Pasadena Humane Society and other local charities. Also, the 6thGrade Bake Sale is an interdisciplinary unit of study where students donate raised funds to local charities. For the bake sale, students first prepare baked goods to sell to the school community. After the bake sale, they collect data to compare unit costs and profits and graph the results. Finally, they donate the profits of their sales to local nonprofit agencies.
In the Middle School Service Learning curriculum, girls gain knowledge about different aspects of environmental responsibility and are exposed to a broad spectrum of social issues through hands-on projects and field trips as they explore aspects of our global community.
Upper School students can choose from a variety of Service Learning electives, ranging in topic from women’s issues, social justice, and peer-to-peer counseling. In addition, the Community Action Project graduation requirement is an opportunity for Westridge students to demonstrate how their personal interests and passions can set the stage for deep learning and service to others.