Community is at the heart of the Scholars experience. Here, communication and understanding others’ viewpoints become building blocks for classroom discussion, personal interaction, and the development of leadership skills.
Through group activities in and beyond the classroom, students learn to collaborate toward a common goal and to value others’ skills, experiences, and points of view. Learning and living together enhances students’ awareness of the dynamic interplay between individual rights and responsibilities and the greater welfare.
Community extends beyond the campus, as students capitalize on the resources of the greater Washington, D.C. area. Classroom concepts are brought to life through guest speakers and field trips to museums, government agencies, businesses, and nature preserves. Through community-based learning and service partnerships with local schools, parks, and nonprofit agencies, students deepen their understanding of community and examine the value of civic engagement.