Service is an integral part of life at GCS. As a community that serves, we challenge our students to extend their academic learning to improve their world via an extensive list of local and global opportunities and experiences. GCS students might be exploring the issue of food security while serving in a food pantry in Manhattan, examining education equity while working with neighborhood students on the Lower East Side, or learning about climate and fossil fuels while helping to provide bikes to a rural community in East Africa.
We emphasize opportunities to build a healthier and more sustainable city through organizations like the Youth Services Opportunity Project, the GO Project, and City Harvest, among others. Students in each grade work to develop and carry out a class service project. Additionally, middle schools students begin in-house community service in Grade 5, graduating to a service learning program with local and global organizations in Grades 7 and 8. High School students participate in a service learning program that culminates in a team-based independent project completed in their senior year. Families are invited to join our work through Family Community Service Day, the Book Swap, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Night.