Pilot Project

The Office of High School Programs recently launched the Service Learning Pilot Project Initiative for the 2002-03 and 2003-04 academic years. 27 high schools across the city are participating. Read below to learn more about this exciting initiative and how high schools are tying service projects to classroom curriculum and instruction. If your school is not a Pilot Project school this year, you may apply to become a Service Learning Pilot Project Wave III School for the 2004-05 academic year. Applications will be available in March, 2004.

Service Learning Initiative
Pilot Project-Wave 1/2002-2003

The Chicago Public Schools has established new guidelines for its Service Learning Initiative. Beginning with the 2002-03 academic year, the initiative will be guided by the following definition of Service Learning: Service Learning is a teaching and learning methodology that connects classroom curriculum with identified community issues and needs. Service Learning engages students in projects that serve the community and build their social and academic capacities. In keeping with this definition, Chicago Public Schools is encouraging high schools to build service projects into existing classroom curriculum. To support this transition, the Service Learning Pilot Project will work with 16 high schools during the 2002-03 academic year in the following ways:

Professional Development

  1. Service Learning Institute - Each participating pilot school will send two classroom teachers to a four-day institute designed to help teachers integrate Service Learning into the classroom. We expect that these teachers will develop Service Learning projects for their classes and serve as leaders in Service Learning.
  2. One-day Training - Five to seven teachers from participating schools will attend a one-day training on the practices and principles of classroom-based Service Learning on October 4, 2002.
  3. Teacher Support - The Service Learning Manager meets with trained teachers from each school throughout the school year to continue to provide support for high quality, classroom-based Service Learning.

Community Resources

The Service Learning Initiative will network with community organizations and institutions in order to target curricular and project resources for pilot schools.

Curricular Resources

The Service Learning Initiative will develop curriculum in three areas in order to support service projects: Housing/Homelessness, Hunger/Poverty, and Aging. Other areas will be developed over the course of the initiative.

Financial Support

Each pilot project school will receive additional financial resources to invest in its Service Learning program. The Service Learning coach and principal will meet with the Service Learning manager in order to determine how best to invest in a comprehensive strategy for high quality Service Learning.

Strategic Planning

The Service Learning coach at each pilot project school will have the opportunity to receive strategic planning support from the Service Learning manager in order to develop a long-term approach to successful Service Learning.


Service Learning coaches and teachers will have networking opportunities throughout the year where coaches and teachers can share best practices, receive additional training and support, and celebrate accomplishments.

Pilot Project Schools

Wave I

  • Best Practice
  • Bogan
  • Bowen
  • Clemente
  • Curie
  • Gage Park
  • Harper
  • Hyde Park Juarez
  • Kennedy
  • North Side College Prep
  • Orr
  • Prosser
  • Senn
  • Walter Payton
  • Washington High School

Wave II

  • Chicago Discovery Academy
  • Collins
  • Corliss
  • DuSable
  • Hancock
  • Hope
  • Jones
  • Mather
  • Phoenix Academy
  • Roosevelt
  • Vaughn

Wave III Schools

  • Harlan
  • Hubbard
  • Kelly
  • Kelvyn Park
  • Kenwood
  • Lincoln Park
  • Marshall
  • Morgan Park
  • Mose Vines
  • School of Entrepreneurship
  • School of Leadership
  • Schurz
  • Simeon

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