The Program

The Social Action Program at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart is an integral part of the curriculum. As part of Goal V, students at Stone Ridge commit themselves to a “social awareness which impels to action.” The Social Action program is an expression of this commitment to justice and service, through which students use their talents to better their local community. The comprehensive service-learning program uses preparation, action, reflection, and infusion to enhance the service experience of students and foster a lifelong commitment to service.

The Social Action Program at Stone Ridge isn’t just an exercise in charity or a fulfillment of community service hours. Students apply everything they’ve learned in academic classes, on retreats, in their spiritual growth, and in building community. In return the students bring their Social Action experience into the classroom. Our students are committed to developing relationships with people in need, and through these relationships, they are transformed.

Twice a month throughout the academic year, Upper School students leave campus to learn and take action upon issues of human dignity and to support people in need. On Social Action days, you’ll see Stone Ridge girls in over forty locations in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Stone Ridge students visit elderly residents of assisted living facilities, support students and adults impaired by physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, clean up parks or advocate for care and protection of our natural environment, learn about local and international human rights issues, attend to children and support teachers in public, charter, and Catholic schools, distribute donated goods to individuals and families facing economic hardship, and visit, assist, and prepare food for the homeless of our region.

This year, Social Action has chosen to focus on the theme of peacemaking, specifically by highlighting locally and internationally renowned peacemakers and examining non-violent strategies for solving problems. Each morning presentation explores a facet of peacemaking, such as the Civil Rights Movement and solidarity. After a day of service as detailed above, students end their day in Reflection Groups. In these small groups of about fifteen students, led by a Third or Fourth Academic and accompanied by a faculty advisor, individuals discuss their day’s experiences with their peers as related to peacemaking.