The sophomore year at University School of Milwaukee focuses on service and service learning, as the school works to prepare students as citizens who engage in their local and global communities. In their final year as underclassmen in the Upper School, our 10th graders begin their next step between their transitional freshman year and the start of their journey as upperclassmen in 11th grade. By the end of their sophomore year, students will better understand responsibility, time management, independence, and the impact of their decisions on others.
Although the service work may start during their freshman year, sophomores are required to complete at least 20 hours of community service at three different nonprofit locations by the end of 10th grade. The goal is to give each student an introduction to community service by working in a variety of communities of need within the greater Milwaukee area. Students who show great interest in the 9th grade Community Engagement Program are also invited to join the Distinction in Service Leadership program in their sophomore year.
Students also tend to discover themselves more in 10th grade, showing and desiring more independence overall, and advisors, faculty, and counselors work with both students and their families. This is also typically a year when students begin to explore and take more risks, including the exploration of social-emotional issues, which is why a safe and supportive school environment is so important.