Community Engagement & Partnerships

Maret has been a national leader in service learning and community engagement since the program’s inception in 2002. Rooted in Maret’s essential skills, the Community Engagement and Partnerships program aims to empower and prepare students to effect positive, transformative change in their communities. Through a variety of experiential and service-oriented programs, students engage with issues of equity and social justice and develop skills needed for compassionate, respectful, and equitable relationships across difference.

Civic Engagement

Maret students address societal issues and social problems through civic engagement. Open discourse and partnership with communities beyond our 7-acre campus allow students to listen, learn, and grow with the wider community. We aim to increase the skills students need to be engaged, active citizens.

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Service Learning

Through service learning, our students and teachers develop relationships in the wider community that deepen and strengthen Maret's overall program. Service learning at Maret challenges the traditional service model with intentional, reciprocal relationships that create challenging and meaningful engagement for our students.

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Maret is proud to have piloted the now multi-school Horizons program. Started more than a decade ago, Horizons' six-week summer enrichment program and school year Saturdays help a diverse group of K-8 children from low-income families to develop a lifelong interest in learning, advance academic gains over the summer, and improve achievement in school.

More About Service Learning and Horizons

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Community Partners

Our longstanding partnerships with neighboring organizations are integral to the student and faculty experience at Maret.

Community Service Day 2017

Senior Projects Internships

The Senior Project program provides seniors with opportunities to work in the community or to pursue a personal interest in more depth. Community-based internships have included:

  • DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • EL Haynes Charter School
  • Latino Student Fund
  • National Park Service
  • Playworks, DC
  • Safe Kids Worldwide
  • Tahirih Justice Center
  • Two Rivers Public Charter School
  • Whitman Walker Health Clinic