Upper School Civic Engagement

Community Based Learning | Student Leadership | Co-Curricular Connections | GROW | International Opportunities

Community Based Learning (CBL) Electives

  • Introduce students to Service Learning, philanthropy education, and challenges facing Cleveland and other cities.
  • Assist students in finding their passion through ongoing service placements that address important community needs.
  • Encourage and empower students to become agents of change at home and around the world.
Algebra II
  • Students analyze data about important local or global issues.
  • At formal presentations to students and faculty, data results serve as a starting point for in-depth discussions about literacy, public education and other topics.
Advanced Placement Statistics
  • Applying their knowledge of statistical analysis, students develop surveys for MedWorks, a Cleveland-based nonprofit.
  • Survey results enhance health care provision for uninsured and underinsured Ohioans.
Computer Science Curriculum
  • Supports advanced students in web site design and development for local nonprofit organizations.
  • Empowers student leaders to teach elementary and middle school students at East End Neighborhood House about health and wellness.
  • Introduces all students to the value of service for their own personal health/wellness and for the health of the larger community.
Instrumental Ensemble
  • Partners with Ohio School for the Blind in an annual celebration of community and orchestral music.
  • This year's concert featured a collaboration involving HB, University School and the Ohio School for the Blind.
Interdisciplinary Civic Engagement
  • English, Theatre and Visual Art classes collaborate to develop a unique program about homelessness in Cleveland.
  • Based on interviews of women in transitional housing, students created a multimedia production performed in 2011 at the Cleveland Play House and at Hathaway Brown and to be performed at Old Stone Church in 2012.

Student Leadership

Service Learning Officers
  • Engage the student body in service by planning & implementing multiple off campus projects each month.
  • Serve as a philanthropic board overseeing Upper School "dress down" (out of uniform) funds. The officers solicit proposals from the student body and make donations to a select number of charities based on the quality of each proposal and its relevance to our annual theme for Service Learning.
  • Unites the senior class and the school community in a yearlong philanthropic initiative culminating in a dance, 5K race/walk and carnival.
  • Led by Carnival co-chairs and Executive Council members, all from the senior class, students gain valuable leadership experience while supporting an important local nonprofit.
  • Stay tuned for more information about the 2012 Carnival!

Co-Curricular Connections

Off Campus

  • Students have many opportunities to participate in service projects at partner organizations in Greater Cleveland.

  • In concert with this year's theme, "Education as Empowerment," students tutor on a regular basis at the Saturday Tutoring Program in University Circle. 

  • To continue our commitment to addressing hunger and homelessness, students volunteer monthly at the Cleveland Foodbank and at 2100 Lakeside.

  • All Co-Curricular service projects are student driven.

On Campus

  • Sustaining Our School: promotes service within the school community including the Infant & Toddler Center and Early Childhood classes.

  • Peer Tutoring: matches students who need extra help in an academic class with a tutor who excelled in the class in a prior year.


The Upper School branch of this student-run organization promotes philanthropy and economic empowerment through grant distribution and microfinance loans. Visit the G.R.O.W. website for more information about this foundation.

Community organizations can receive money to support their mission by applying for a grant here.

International Opportunities

  • The Center for Civic Engagement sponsors an annual international immersion trip to the developing world introducing students to the struggle for human rights and to projects promoting economic and social justice in some of the poorest communities in Central America.

  • HB works collaboratively with Cleveland-based International Partners in Mission in developing this trip.

  • Center for Global Studies international trips» 

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