Faith & Service

Spiritual Life

Forest Ridge is grounded in Catholic tradition and enriched by the diversity of 27 different faiths represented in the student body. Students reflect on morality and justice, and act—locally and globally—on issues that they feel strongly about. Forest Ridge girls build compassionate courage that they can call on for the rest of their life.

Campus Ministry

As a Catholic, Sacred Heart school, Forest Ridge provides opportunities for the community to engage in personal and communal prayer and reflection. Working to help maintain and strengthen the school’s Catholic identity, the Campus Minister serves the entire school community.

The Campus Minister performs a ministry of presence, letting each student know she is supported and cared for, through attending extra-curricular activities such as sports, theater, dance, and more, and by coordinating special liturgies, prayer services and fun activities. The overall goal of the ministry is to promote in each student an active and personal faith in God, whatever that means for her.

Liturgies

Liturgies are an important part of the Forest Ridge school year. There are several all-school Masses each year, celebrating both liturgical seasons and Sacred Heart traditions. Students help plan and participate in each liturgy and prayer service. All students are encouraged to participate, regardless of faith tradition.

Retreats

As a Catholic, Sacred Heart school, Forest Ridge commits to provide opportunities for the community to engage in personal and communal prayer and reflection. Our comprehensive retreat program for students in 5th through 12th Grades is both developmentally and age appropriate. A Forest Ridge retreat is an intentional time away from our daily pace in a place for rest and renewal, where one can encounter God through others, nature and self.
 
Through grade level retreats, students deepen their understanding of our Sacred Heart heritage and connect in authentic ways with their peers and teachers.

While a retreat is a time to get away, it is much more. A retreat allows each of us to be sent forth into the world, to serve and fling wide the love we have received. 

Service Learning

One of the essential goals of a Sacred Heart education is to graduate women who are “educated to a social awareness which impels to action.” This entails a significant emphasis on service learning throughout all years of a student’s experience at Forest Ridge. Service learning is precisely that: integrating both teaching and learning into meaningful community service opportunities that are relational for all involved and that incorporate intentional reflection as part of the educational experience. Through these opportunities, we hope to foster empathy, promote civic engagement, teach the skills of building community, and instill a willingness to step out of one’s comfort zone to learn across all manner of perceived boundaries.
 
The objective of the service requirement is to educate to a critical consciousness that leads the entire community and each individual to analyze and reflect on the values of society and to act for justice. Service opportunities at Forest Ridge are developmentally and thematically-based opportunities which vary by year. The curriculum for service learning extends across all eight grades and includes on campus, off campus, local and global options.
 
In 9th and 10th Grades, most service options take place during the school day to make them more accessible to all students. Juniors and seniors may go further afield as they complete annual service requirements. At every grade level, emphasis is placed on direct service and advocacy, social justice education and reflection.

For High School, there are specific requirements, to include:
  • 20 hours per year, with a mix of on campus and off campus opportunities, in addition to service completed as a part of the school day
  • Must serve a marginalized community
  • Culminating service project in either junior or senior year
 


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