Faith and Service

Service and Justice Initiatives

Community service is an integral element in the formation of the character that is at the core of all our educational endeavors, and is a vital expression of the Jesuit ideal: “to educate men and women for & with others.” 
As such, it is viewed as essential to the overall educational and formational curriculum of BC High and is a requirement for graduation. We have a yearly requirement for grades 7-11 and Magis opportunities for our seniors.

Yearly Requirements

List of 6 items.

  • Grade 7

    Theme: Stewards of the Earth
    Hours: 1/2 day of organized service with advisory groups
    Placements: Local parks, beaches, non-profits (organized by BC High)
    Reflection: Afternoon of prayer & reflection within advisory groups & as a larger group
    Completion: Service completed Fall of 7th grade
  • Grade 8

    Hours: 1/2 day of organized service with advisory groups
    Placements: Area assisted living and nursing & rehab homes (organized by the BC High)
    Reflection: Afternoon of prayer & reflection within advisory groups & as a larger group
    Completion: Service completed March of 8th grade
  • Freshman Year

    Part I Theme: Freshmen 4 Others
    Hours: student are required to participate in 4 BC High school sponsored activities which promote and/or support their peers
    Reflection: written reflection on each of the 4 activities, why they chose it & what they learned about themselves or the school; assignment in Christian Thought
    Completion: Service completed September and December

    Part II Theme: Leaders Within Community
    Hours: 10
    Placements: Local to a community or group to which they already belong
    Reflection: Essay assignment in Christian Thought
    Completion: Service completed between October and March
  • Sophomore Year

    Theme: Men for Others – Living the Great Commandment
    Hours: 20
    Placements: Local community – non-profit - indirect service allowed
    (Students are offered a partner option in which they complete a contract with a fellow sophomore and commit to complete the service together)
    Reflection: Essay assignment (individual service) or Interview (partner option) in Scripture Course
    Completion: Service Completed between September and March
  • Junior Year

    Theme: Contemplative in Action – A Call to Service
    Hours: 60
    Placements: Urban, non-profit agencies serving marginalized persons or BC High Sponsored Immersion Experiences chose from an approved list of agencies
    Reflection: Three reflection group meetings & written reflection assignment (organized by the Director of Service & Justice Initiatives)
    Time Frame Options: Academic year (October – May); or Summer (June/July following junior year)
  • Senior Year (Magis Opportunities)

    In recognition of Ignatius Loyola’s call for Magis, “the more”, we encourage our seniors to participate in additional service work. Individuals and groups looking for additional service opportunities are encouraged to talk with the Coordinator of Service & Justice Initiatives.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

"What have I done for God? What am I doing for God? and What MORE can I do for God?"

Immersion Experiences

The Office of Service and Justice Initiatives organizes several service & justice awareness immersion experiences throughout the year, each delivering a unique experience for the student participants.

Explore our Immersion Experiences

Contact Us

Amanda Adamczyk
Director of Service & Justice Initiatives
adamczyk@bchigh.edu

Ron Perry, SJ
Assistant Director of Service & Justice Initiatives
rperry@bchigh.edu