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Eagles With A Purpose & Service Learning

Indian Creek School students in grades 9-12 are expected to contribute meaningfully to the community at Indian Creek School and beyond. Whether through individual service learning projects with local organizations or through our service-learning class, Eagles with a Purpose, students learn a tremendous amount while making a difference for others.   
Students at ICS often complete upwards of 100 hours of community service during their time in the Upper School. Students who document more than 75 hours are recognized with an ICS service award, and those with more than 150 hours receive an ICS service with distinction award. Students are encouraged to build partnerships with local organizations.  
Eagles with a Purpose: The Eagles With a Purpose program gives students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to gain a better understanding of social justice, participate in community engagement, realize individual and collective agency in meeting the needs of others, advocate for social justice, and engage in reflection. The program allows students the opportunity to explore their passions through hands-on activities that utilize their abilities for the benefit of the community at large. Stanford University professor William Damon, author of The Path to Purpose, defines purpose as “a stable and generalized intention to accomplish something that is at the same time meaningful to the self and consequential for the world beyond self.”  In other words, purpose happens when students develop a meaningful connection to someone or something outside of themselves—and they do something about it. 
In the first quarter students focus on community engagement and team building through volunteer work and outdoor leadership. The second quarter students continue with service-learning opportunities and hear from invited speakers. In the third quarter students identify issues in our community then propose and design a student created plan of action. The fourth quarter students put their plans into action and reflect on the process. 
Indian Creek school is a co-educational, college preparatory independent school, located in Crownsville, Maryland.  Students in Pre-K3 through grade 12 receive a vibrant educational experience based on excellent academics steeped in strong student-teacher connections.