Pace Academy’s Community Engagement promotes deep understanding of the dignity and worth of all people, while developing awareness and practices of environmental stewardship.
Our Community Engagement program supports Pace’s mission to “create prepared, confident citizens of the world” and strives to:
- Connect community engagement efforts across the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools;
- Instill in students an understanding of the importance and meaning of community engagement at Pace and beyond;
- Develop empathy, leadership skills and awareness to inspire action.
Lower School Community Engagement
In the Lower School, education around community engagement happens in the classroom and in our city, with each grade focused on a specific theme. In partnership with the Lower School Community Engagement Parent Board, the program brings age-appropriate speakers to campus, coordinates weekend service opportunities, facilitates curricular implementation, establishes community partnerships and manages volunteers.
Themes by Grade
First Grade: Animals
Second Grade: Healthcare
Third Grade: Food
Fourth Grade: Homelessness & Housing
Fifth Grade: Education
Lower School Community Engagement Parent Board
Cara Isdell Lee
Middle School Community Engagement
In the Middle School, the Community Engagement program focuses on hands-on, out-of-school activities and community partnerships that allow students to explore engagement opportunities through a more personalized lens.
The program seeks to fit students’ unique developmental stage by encouraging curiosity and discovery, as well as students’ desire to make a difference in the world. Community outreach, education and awareness are central themes.
Students must complete 15 hours of service during their Middle School years and may submit documentation of their engagement hours here. Hours will not be given for services for which students receive credit from an external organization, for example, hours earned for a confirmation class or Scout badge.
Middle School Community Engagement Parent Board
Upper School Community Engagement
In the Upper School, we facilitate community engagement through individual and group programs that allow students to explore areas of interest while giving back to their communities. Outreach, awareness and education are the focus.
Pace Partners, our student leadership network, promotes engagement activities and coordinates opportunities with local organizations on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis. These partnerships allow students to develop relationships, the cornerstone of the Pace Partners Community Engagement program.
We believe that community engagement is an integral part of a student’s education, growth and maturation, so we require that Upper School students complete 40 hours of service before graduating. And while we provide opportunities for service on campus, we encourage students to complete the majority of their engagement hours through off-campus projects. Students may submit documentation of their engagement hours here.
Upper School Community Engagement Partners
Agape Youth & Family Center
Atlanta Community Food Bank
First Presbyterian Church
Habitat for Humanity
Trinity (K)Night Shelter
Zaban Couples Center
How many hours do I need in the Middle School?
Students are required to complete 15 hours of volunteer engagement. Students may complete their hours at their own pace, although we suggest that students try to complete at least five hours each year.
How many hours do I need to graduate?
For students in grades nine through 12, the diploma requirement is 40 hours of service. Only service performed after the last day of eighth grade may count toward the diploma requirement. Seniors must complete all of their required service hours by the last day of senior exams. Consideration is given to students entering Pace Academy after ninth grade.
Do court-mandated hours count for community engagement hours?
Court-mandated hours do not count towards the graduation requirement.
Can I receive community engagement hours completed for credit from an external organization (i.e. Girl Scouts, Confirmation Class, etc.)?
Hours will not be given for services for which students receive credit from an external organization, for example, hours earned for a confirmation class or Scout badge.
A joint venture between Pace Academy and the Peoplestown community
In 2006, Pace Academy started Keeping Pace, a five-week academic summer camp for children in grades six through eight from our partner neighborhoods, including Peoplestown and Vine City. In its first year, the camp served 10 campers; this past summer, 60 attended! Keeping Pace’s success led to the 2016 launch of a year-long tutoring program called Peoplestown Academy. The program serves students in grades five through 12 at the Rick McDevitt Youth Center in Atlanta’s Peoplestown neighborhood.
At Peoplestown Academy, Pace students and faculty work with students to enhance their academic experience by complementing in-class content. Peoplestown Academy meets at the Rick McDevitt Center (1040 Crew St SW, Atlanta, GA 30315) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. Afternoon snacks and beverages are provided for optimal focus during this extended academic experience.
For Grades 5-8:
Students work on individualized math- and reading-strengthening plans in groups of three, supervised by one Pace student tutor.
To improve math skills, students...
Use Singapore Math Workbooks
- Complete a placement exam to identify their strengths, areas for improvement and current math levels
- Track their development through bi-weekly progress assessments
- Develop and practice their skills through challenging but fun competitions
To improve reading skills, students will…
- Use Scholastic Readers workbooks
- Complete a placement exam to identify their strengths, areas for improvement and current reading levels
- Track their development through bi-weekly progress assessments
- Practice reading through daily reading logs and developing analytical reading skills
- Participate in writing activities, workshops and peer reviews
- Develop and practice their skills through vocabulary competitions
For grades 9-12:
Five dedicated Pace faculty and staff participate in the program, together bringing experience in teaching or studying English, reading, writing, math, science and computer science. On average, two faculty members volunteer their time each day and work with students on a one-on-one basis to ensure individualized academic growth and development.
Students receive SAT/ACT preparation in the following areas:
- Study methods and skill strengthening
- Math and reading development
- Science understanding
- End-of-course testing (EOCT) test-taking skills
For more information, contact Associate Director of ICGL, Zeena Lattouf