Students are asked to complete 120 hours of service and the corresponding service reflections. ISA recommends that at least 30 of the 120 hours to be spent with one service partner, since these sustained activities are more likely to lead to service learning, with mutual benefit for all partners. In addition, ISA encourages students to complete at least 30 hours per year, however students can pace completion of the 120 hours in any way they choose, including the use of summer.
Students are responsible for documenting all service hours. Documentation includes verification from the organization (letter, certificate, etc) as well as a written reflection. Students learn the documentation and reflection process in their DIM class during their Freshman year. All documentation and reflections will be posted to each students portfolio.
Reflection is key to student growth and understanding. Students are asked to document relevant facts about their service activity and then select three of five possible prompts for reflection. During their senior year, students are also invited to reflect on their service in relation to a Performance Outcome. The five possible prompts are:
Students will be able to use their service activities in support of their four-year portfolio. They can make connections between their service activities and ISA learning objectives. These connections can be made from two different directions: either by identifying specific learning objectives and developing a service activity that meets them, or by identifying the service activity and then exploring the many ways it can be tied to curriculum or learning objectives.