At Roland Park Country School, we teach that actions speak louder than catch-phrases. We inspire our students to think seriously about how best to use all the skills they acquire here. Opportunities for leadership and service are frequent for Lower, Middle and Upper School students and their effects transformative.
To whom much is bestowed, much is expected—that’s the ethos we share with all our girls. And it resonates. During their time at RPCS, our students can find themselves learning about erosion in order to develop mitigation plans in their neighborhood or creating non-toxic cleaners for use in the classrooms. Whether it is working on a Habitat for Humanity project on a Saturday or travelling to Annapolis with letters in hand to advocate for a cause, our girls are making a difference in our community.
Lower Schoolers participate in Bear Hugs, service learning projects that bring two grades together in a common cause such as the SPCA, a clothing drive or Habitat for Humanity. Through a partnership with a local public Kindergarten, our 6th Grade works with younger students and At Cylburn, the 7th Grade learn and practice garden and trail maintenance.
As a requirement for graduation, each student is expected to complete at least sixty hours of community service—forty hours must be completed at one site and the remaining 20 hours can be served at the same site or other sites. Her project can be selected from our community service resources list or can be her own idea, subject to approval by the Upper School Community Service Coordinator for individual projects. Typically, a third of the senior class give more than 100 hours each.