We believe that volunteer work is an important way for our students to gain a sense of responsibility by helping others and participating in activities that do not provide monetary rewards. To that end, students complete a required amount of service by the beginning of their senior year.
The number of required hours of service varies according to when a student entered TJ. If a student starts in the 9th grade or earlier, the requirement is 75 hours; if a student enters in the 10th grade, the requirement is 60 hours; 11th grade, 45 hours; and 12th grade, 30 hours. All service hours must be completed while the student is in grades 9-12. If a student enters TJ above the 9th grade, any previous volunteer work may be discussed with the Director of Service Learning to see if it might count towards the TJ program.
We encourage parents to support their children’s dedication to service and to help them see the benefits—including the intangible ones—of such efforts. The annual All-School Service Learning Day is also a good way to learn about the many organizations that depend on volunteers for support, and a variety of volunteer opportunities organized by TJ are offered throughout the year, but students complete the majority of their hours through their own initiative.