The Academy believes in the importance of authentic learning and strives to teach students to give back to the community. Students in the 6-7 and 8-9 divisions participate in group community service before developing their own service projects in 10th grade.
Simon - like many students - never participated in community service before attending the Academy. After jumping in, he was hooked by the feeling of giving back and helping out in his community.
"Before sixth grade I never volunteered at anything," reflects Simon. "I'm signing up for Ronald McDonald House for volunteering, I'm doing concessions, and I'm a student ambassador."