Service Learning

Service learning is a foundational Sacred Heart value and an integral part of the Forest Ridge experience.

Our students embrace serving our community while having fun and connecting with other students both here and around the globe.

Social awareness which impels us to action

There are many rewarding service opportunities at Forest Ridge that are designed to be age-appropriate for each grade level. Through serving marginalized communities, students gain awareness and compassion for others and their circumstances.

The service learning curriculum extends across all grades and includes on-campus, off-campus, local and Sacred Heart Network summer service projects within the USA and abroad. The summer 2019 project, Food in the City, focused on the challenges of hunger amidst the abundance of Chicago. Students learned about barriers to access healthy and affordable food and volunteered with agencies working to feed those living in poverty.

Service in the Upper School

In addition to service projects coordinated by Forest Ridge faculty, upper school students also take part in several popular service clubs such as the Rotary Interact Club and Sacred Heart Network global service projects. Our students’ dedication to service well-exceeds the required 80 service hours during their upper school years.

In 2024, Forest Ridge students contributed 6,556 hours of service to our community.