An integral part of the student experience at Stuart is the Service Learning Program. Students of all ages participate in a variety of community service opportunities throughout the year both on campus in the Princeton area. One of our long-standing traditions at Stuart is Goal 3 Day. It is a time for students to pause from their daily lives, actively think about the needs of our greater community, and then do something about it. Goal 3 Day in the Middle School involves grade-level group projects for local organizations. This year, the fifth grade traveled up to Camp Mason for their annual overnight, sixth grade visited a local nursing home to work with the residents, seventh grade went to The Watershed to work with local environmentalists on invasive species removal, and eighth graders spent the day with preschool students at CYO East (formerly Martin House).
The seventh grade Goal 3 Day is part of their year-long project-based learning (PBL). PBL is a teaching method where students work on a project over a period of time - from one week and up to a trimester - that engages them in a real-world problem or answering a complex question. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for an audience of their peers and others in the Stuart community. Throughout the year, students will gain an appreciation of science and nature, as well as study their role as stewards of the environment-and beyond.