Character & Service
Center City PCS is about more than just academics. Based on our belief in educating the whole child, we also strive to impact the social, emotional and moral development of each student. We work to build character in our students every day through an explicit focus on building empathy and helping students learn to make good decisions that will positively impact their future.
Campuses introduce character concepts through daily Morning Meetings. Each unit focuses on a character trait or skill such as communication, relationship building, and conflict resolution. Students also build character through participation in service learning projects. Our campuses also implement restorative practices to proactively build relationships between students and staff and to peacefully address conflicts among students.
At Center City, service learning is a core component of our curriculum. Our goal is to help students become aware of their role and impact within their community and to provide opportunities for them to give back to their communities.
All of our campuses participate in service learning projects. Every service project addresses a local need and is designed around a learning objective. To maximize the learning impact of the project, students are asked to reflect on the activity and teachers make connections between the projects and the curriculum. Students participate in projects with organizations such as Martha’s Table, the DC Central Kitchen, and the Washington Animal Rescue League.