O'Dea High School

Christian Service Learning

Christian Service Learning (CSL) connects O’Dea’s classroom curriculum with community issues and needs. CSL engages students in projects that serve the community and put faith in action.

Three Components of Service Learning: Preparation, Service, & Reflection

Students prepare for their service by learning about the issues of concern and developing an action plan for service. Classroom teachers enable students to analyze and make sense of their experience through research, discussion, journaling, and presentation.

Service Learning Outcomes
  • Enhance student learning by joining the Social Theory of Catholic Social Teaching with experience and action.
  • Meet needs in the community through direct and indirect service that is meaningful.
  • Enable students to help others, give of themselves, and enter into caring relationship with others.
  • Give students the opportunity to do important and necessary work
  • Increase the civic skills of students
  • Assist agencies to serve their clients and benefit from having a relationship with O’Dea gentlemen
  • Provide opportunities for cross-cultural experiences for students
  • Help students learn how to get things done
  • Impact local issues and needs
Service Learning Requirements
  • 25 hours per school year between the first day of summer and May 1st of the following year
  • Additional hours may go towards House points but may not rollover to the following year
  • 12th grade senior advocacy project
Approved Service Activities
  • Any service activity with non-profit community organizations
  • Classroom projects that are tied to curriculum and meet a community need and have been pre-approved by the Service Learning Coordinator
  • After school projects that meet a community need and have been pre-approved by the Service Learning Coordinator
  • All hours to be logged through logging into Family Connections and clicking x2vol