13 ASB Middle School Handbook
Students in each grade-level have the opportunity to experience the world outside classroom
walls through the Week Without Walls program. Grade Six students travel to Matheran, Grade
Seven students travel to Durshet, and Grade Eight students visit Garudmaachi.
Week Without Walls provides students with educational experiences within India that develop
knowledge, skills, environmental awareness, cultural sensitivity and opportunities to have
meaningful participatory experiences. It allows students to grow as individuals through
learning and reflection.
Community and Social Responsibility
The Community and Social Responsibility (CSR) program supports our Mission and Core
Values by providing students the opportunity to learn about their communities, serve others
in those communities, and learn from those experiences. Throughout the school’s history
students have learned about our ASB core value: “Embracing our interdependence is vital for
the community to flourish.” It is our hope as well that students at all levels of the school learn
that through selflessness they can build their sense of self. Serving others fosters individual
growth and awareness of civic responsibility. Grade-level teams facilitate the CSR experience
for students. Each grade-level engages in four CSR days with partner organizations during
the school year. Students often take part in field trips on CSR days so that they might learn
through their experiences in the community.
Our belief statements for CSR are as follows:
• Service is any deliberate action which seeks to improve the situation of another or enhance
• Through CSR, we not only benefit others and/or the earth, but we also learn about our
global, national and local communities and ourselves.
• At each grade-level, students should demonstrate their growing sense of community and
social responsibility by participating in the planning, organization, and implementation of
authentic service-related projects.
• Students should have the opportunity to reflect on and discuss community issues in
• Community service fosters character development and positive values such as respect,
empathy and responsibility for oneself, others and our world.
• As students get older, CSR activities should be increasingly self-directed and integrated into
their daily lives.
Field trips are a part of many school programs. Parents are expected to sign a general release
form for all CSR and other school field trips at the beginning of the year. Parents will be
informed about each field trip and provided with the contact details of the teacher-in-charge.