Being community-minded at SPS goes beyond our campus and extends into the local communities around us, and even the greater world beyond.

In support of our mission, “to educate students to build purposeful lives in service to the greater good,” St. Paul’s School offers an extensive credit-based Community Engagement Program as well as pop-up opportunities for the entire SPS community to support worthwhile causes and nonprofit organizations. 

Through community engagement you will not only help address critical needs within local communities and populations, you also will be able to grow as a leader and expand your capacity for empathy and understanding of the people and places around you. It’s real-life learning in realtime. 

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One of the most important things is that the program is focused on students who have difficulties at home or need additional support for whatever reason, and being able to bring them [to SPS] where they can be around high school students gives them a vision of something different, what opportunity can look like.

Meet Elizabeth '23

Community Engagement credit requirements are based on the time of matriculation:

  • Entering Third Formers – 2 credits
  • Entering Fourth Formers – 1.5 credits
  • Entering Fifth Formers – 1 credit

Students work closely with the community engagement director and their advisers to plan how and when they will particpate in the program, which includes several different options that will vary from year to year. Recent opportunities are noted below. 

Sample Service Opportunities

FIRST LEGO League

SPS students work with children from Rundlett Middle School to solve STEM-related challenges and build a functional robot.

Academic Enrichment Program

SPS students work with elementary school children from Broken Ground School to enhance math, reading, and science skills.

Junior Pelicans

SPS hockey team members teach skills to community children.

Pelicans Read Together-CE

Students choose a book with a theme related to a civic or community issue. Students then complete a project (e.g. podcast, photo essay, PPT, etc.) to highlight the book’s theme, demonstrate its importance, and show how the theme connects with them personally. In addition, students complete a minimum of two hours volunteering in an organization that addresses the book’s theme.

Missionary (MISH) Society Officer

Opportunity for rising Fifth and Sixth Formers interested in leading the School’s student philanthropic and service organization. 

Independent Service Project

Students volunteer in a nonprofit organization that meets the community engagement program criteria and, upon completion of the project, write a reflection essay. Independent Service Projects require application and advance approval.

Accumulated Service Experiences

Students use a variety of community service experiences with nonprofit organizations to meet their Community Engagement requirement. Reflective essays are required to tie the experiences to the community engagement outcomes. Approval required.

Fourth Form Service Day

Each fall, Fourth Formers get to work and give back to the community, including a nonprofit farm that leases SPS fields. 

Wiffle Ball Fundraiser for CCCNH

Students turned out in the spring for a Wiffle Ball Tourney to raise money for the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire. 

Matthew Letourneau '23 library

“It was really cool to have the opportunity to help my community. I have great gratitude for the Sokoloff Prize.” 

Meet Matt '22