Is Your School Reaching Its Impact Potential? Give It A Grade Now

Schools are possibly one of society's most important institutions. Everybody has had to go to school at some point, so everybody in a given community has been influenced by their school experience some way or another. Keeping this in mind, it's important to recognize that school is a resource, a tool for those who attend it, and for a community.

A school has tremendous ability to shape the leadership, citizenship, and social awareness of its students. A school and its students also have the potential to positively impact their communities. Is your school meeting it's 'Community Impact Potential'? Check out the following list and check 'yes' or 'no' beside each item to give your school a grade!

Created by: ME3Amber
1. What is your age?
Under 18 Years Old
18 to 24 Years Old
25 to 30 Years Old
31 to 40 Years Old
41 to 50 Years Old
51 to 60 Years Old
Over 60 Years Old
2. What is your gender?
Male
Female
3. If social issues are discussed in my classes, I am comfortable sharing an alternate or possibly conflicting opinion with the teacher or class.
Yes
No
4. If I wanted to take on a service project or lead a service club, I feel confident that a teacher or school administrator would help me.
Yes
No
5. I personally feel like my teachers value volunteering and helping the community.
Yes
No
6. I personally feel like other school staff members and administrators value volunteering and helping the community.
Yes
No
7. I personally feel like my peers and fellow students value volunteering and helping the community.
Yes
No
8. I can name at least two of the service-related clubs at my school.
Yes
No
9. I can explain what at least a few of the service-related clubs do if asked.
Yes
No
10. I have learned about at least one social issue that affects our community, the nation, or the world through school.
Yes
No
11. If I wanted to find a volunteer opportunity or a way to help the community through my school, I know exactly who I'd talk to or where to go.
Yes
No
12. My school has service-related clubs.
Yes
No
13. My friends know where to find volunteer opportunities in our school.
Yes
No
14. I can sign up for volunteer opportunities at a computer or in an office located right in my school.
Yes
No
15. My school has 'service-learning' classes available.
Yes
No
16. There are service clubs at my school that don't have any requirements to join, such as paying membership dues, having a high GPA, or being in a certain class.
Yes
No
17. I have been on a field trip to a local charity office or center with one or more of my classes.
Yes
No
18. We sometimes have speakers from local charities come in to discuss their causes in our classes.
Yes
No
19. There is a class, workshop, or after-school seminar available to us that teaches about leadership in the community at our school.
Yes
No
20. At least one of my classes has engaged in a service project as a group.
Yes
No
21. Our school has announcements or news that occasionally mention volunteer opportunities.
Yes
No
22. In my classes, we learn about and/or discuss social issues and problems affecting our community and/or the world.
Yes
No
23. If I wanted to start up my own community service club at school, I would know what the process involves.
Yes
No
24. We have a section in our school library with information or books devoted to social issues, volunteering, and/or charity.
Yes
No
25. My school has a staff person or a volunteer whose job is to help students find volunteer opportunities or learn more about volunteering in the community.
Yes
No
26. I frequently see posters or fliers around school related to volunteering/community service or a social cause.
Yes
No
27. My school recognizes and promotes national days/weeks of service such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Earth Day, or National Volunteer Week and I personally have heard/seen these promotions.
Yes
No
28. My school uses recycled or "green" paper products.
Yes
No
29. When a student in my school volunteers, they are recognized or honored by our school in some fashion.
Yes
No
30. If one of my peers has done something delinquent in school, having to complete some hours of community service is one way he might be punished.
Yes
No
31. My school provides us with information about scholarships, contests, or grants that you can win by doing community service or volunteering.
Yes
No
32. Information about how and where to vote is given to students in my school once they turn 18.
Yes
No
33. My school has a system of testing students on their civic and social issues knowledge in addition to our math or language knowledge.
Yes
No
34. Getting more students in our school involved in volunteering is a topic on my school's Student Council agenda.
Yes
No
35. My school has recycling bins for us to put our cans, bottles, paper, and other recyclables in.
Yes
No
36. My school has food options in the cafeteria that are health-conscious.
Yes
No
37. Information about jobs and internships students can apply for in the non-profit/charity sector is available in our school's career center or administrative offices.
Yes
No
38. I personally would feel comfortable going to a counselor, teacher, or school administrator to ask for information about volunteer opportunities or starting my own service club.
Yes
No
39. I personally would feel comfortable joining an available service club.
Yes
No
40. I have been offered extra credit in a class to volunteer in a way that is related to what we are learning. (Examples: Learning about animals and volunteering at a local animal preservation, etc.)
Yes
No
41. My school provides information about available student volunteer opportunities to our parents.
Yes
No
42. My school has a student club 'fair' during which school service clubs and volunteer opportunities are promoted.
Yes
No

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