Knowing about the larger world is not enough. Helping care for it—and change it for the better—is an essential part of the Nightingale education.
From their first days here, our girls engage their city and learn to give back. Nightingale looks at community service from both a local and global perspective, and by focusing less on raising money and more on raising awareness, our aim is to engage students in causes for which they can do actual service not only during their time at Nightingale but for a lifetime. In the younger grades, girls participate in a variety of community-minded activities such as writing letters to soldiers overseas and serving meals to the elderly. Middle School students take part in joint service projects with nearby boys’ schools. Throughout the Upper School experience, students serve their community both within the school—for example, by tutoring younger students, working in the library, or giving admissions tours—and outside the blue doors as well. Eighth- and ninth-grade civic engagement projects are built into the curriculum and underscore the link between classroom learning and real world issues. The goal of all of these programs is to instill a lifelong commitment to service and civic responsibility.
Click here to view a short video focused on the work Class VII does with the Sweet Readers program, which brings adults with Alzheimer’s ("elders") together with Middle School students to explore and create poetry and art.