The Apostolic Works Service Learning Program is rooted in the Catholic, Marianist tradition of witnessing to the good news of Jesus Christ and being in alliance with Mary’s mission: to nurture Christ in others and communities to transform the world.

Religion Curriculum

The Apostolic Works
The service learning program empowers students to discern their gifts and apply them to nonprofit organizations that expose them to life situations different from their own in order to become agents of change. To this end, students are “sent out” to their apostolic works that spur them to question why service and transformation are necessary, what changes must be made, what motivations move them to serve, and why they are called to promote service, justice and peace.
The service learning program is intentionally linked to the Religion curriculum to meet the learning goals of the program. Students will:

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  • Engage in a discernment process to guide their gifts and passions.

  • Develop an action plan that will identify and address the needs of their nonprofit organization.

  • Participate in a “Rite of Commissioning” at Mass to signify their commitment to apostolic works.

  • Engage in ongoing reflection in the classroom and will complete a final reflection component.

Middle School

Middle school students will experience a progressive growth in their responsibility of service from one grade level to the next by serving at a non-profit organization of their choice according to their gifts and talents. The required service hours are as follows:

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  • 6th Grade

    10 Hours
    Students will participate in a class service project called A Sense of Home, where they will collect and organize much needed bathroom and personal hygiene supplies to young adults who are transitioning out of county foster care facilities into the mainstream world.
  • 7th Grade

    15 Hours
    Students will participate in a class service project called Secret Santa Service, where they will purchase gifts for the Christmas holiday for the children and Mother’s at St. Anne’s Home for Battered Woman and Children.
  • 8th Grade

    20 Hours
    Students will participate in a class service project called Operation Christmas Child, where they will organize shoeboxes filled with toiletries, small toys, and school supplies that will be sent throughout the world through the organization Samaritans Purse. 

High School

High school students will engage in a four-year, comprehensive service learning program that is personally relevant and underlies complex societal issues.

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  • 9th Grade: Passion for the Mission

    15 hours
    Students will participate in a service project that connects their passion and gifts with what the community needs in order to nurture the qualities of Mary — those of compassion, justice and peace, showing Christ to the world.
  • 10th Grade: Building Community

    15 hours
    Students will learn how to live in communities that exist for the common good in our Church and in our society. They will apply their gifts to help improve and make the community into a human family by choosing from one of the following as their apostolic works:
    • Faith: assist in their worshipping community — parish, synagogue, mosque or chapel.
    • Stewardship: choose from any one of the categories — human dignity, economic life, ecology, environmental life, animals and promotion of peace.
  • 11th Grade: DEUS Caritas Est (God is Love)

    20 hours
    Students use their gifts and skills, and potentially move outside their comfort zones, to show God’s love to those groups that are some of the most marginalized in society: the Disabled; Elderly; Underprivileged; and Sick (DEUS).
  • 12th Grade: The Magnificat Project

    Saying Yes like Mary! Self-directed project
    Students will follow Mary’s example and say “yes” to completing a researched-based service project. Projects vary and are monitored by a faculty mentor.

Summer Apostolic Works

Students can receive credit for up to half of the year's requirement by grade level hours and service sites:

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  • 6th Grade - 5

  • 7th Grade - 7.5

  • 8th Grade - 10

  • 9th and 10th Grade - 7.5

  • 11th Grade - 10

  • 12th Grade -12.5 (hours option)

x2VOL (Service Hours Tracking Program)

Chaminade uses x2VOL from intelliVOL to streamline the tracking and reporting of students’ service hours so that the focus remains on service, not paperwork. With x2VOL, students log into their account and submit entries for completing their service hours. It’s a secure online platform that accurately tracks students’ hours, matches their interests with service opportunities, and keeps a digital profile of all their service performed.

Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

We are all missionaries and we consider ourselves on a permanent mission.

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  • We pride ourselves in living out the charism and values

    of what makes our school distinctly Catholic.

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