The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program
is an essential feature of Global Citizenship that encourages perseverance, self-reliance, and community service. SMLS students must complete the requirements for the Bronze level before graduation, and are encouraged to continue on to the Silver and Gold levels, which a record number of our girls are choosing to achieve.
This innovative Award program motivates young people in a variety of personal development activities, including community service, physical recreation, skills development and adventurous journey, all designed to advance the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the whole person.
All Middle School students work toward the Junior Duke Award, focusing on many of the skills of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award program. Girls in JS3, 4 and 5 begin their Global Citizenship journey through participation in the "Millie 100" Program. As early as JS4, students experience their first overnight trip with the school. In JS4 and beyond, girls are challenged on near and far adventures which include overnight camping, high ropes courses, winter survival skills, and learning to paddle a variety of water craft.
All Middle School students take part in a 4 day outdoor integrated educational experience with A.L.I.V.E. Outdoors
. This organization blends the benefits of working outdoors in a natural "unplugged" environment with intentionally planned, character-building workshops.