Student Life

The Senior Experience

The Senior Experience - A Commitment to Justice

All students are required to complete the following in order to fulfill their senior year service requirement:

  • 3 hour service orientation (first Wednesday of the school year)
  • Attendance at SJPP (Social Justice and Public Policy Class) once a week and achieve a passing grade on assigned work/projects. This course also fulfills a required .5 credit in social studies and is factored into the spring semester GPA.
  • Attendance at seven 40 minute presentations/workshops over the following topics (Dates will be provided in SJPP):
    • Poverty & Homelessness (October)
    • Educational Inequities (November)
    • Restorative Justice and Criminal Reform (December)
    • Environmental Justice (January)
    • Elder Care & End of Life Issues (February)
    • Immigration & Refugees (March)
    • Caring for those with Special Needs (April)
  • 30 week Social Justice Service Practicum
  • Participation in Senior Service Day - Jesuit Special Games (May)
  • 30 hours of self-guided service projects from a school approved list of social service agencies in Dallas and the surrounding areas and by participating in weekend/weekday afternoon service projects offered by the Office of Service and Justice.

(Note: Seniors are not permitted to complete their self guided service through YMSL or other non-Jesuit service organizations)

OR Active membership in the following student organizations/immersion experiences will provide seniors the opportunity to complete their 30 hour service requirement:


Senior Service Leadership Organizations

  1. Ignatian Service Corps

Social Justice Immersion Experiences

  1. Ecuador Immersion Trip (July 2018)
  2. Urban Guatemala Immersion Trip (June 2018)
  3. Rural Guatemala Immersion Trip (July 2018)
  4. Rural Peru Immersion Trip (July 2018)
  5. Los Angeles Skid Row Immersion Trip (Fall 2018)
  6. Guatemala Medical Missions Trip (Spring 2019)

Approved list of Senior (Self- Guided) Service Partners

  • Austin Street Center
  • Big Tex Urban Farms
  • Bonton Farms
  • The Bridge*
  • Catholic Charities
  • Crossroads Community Services
  • Equest
  • Hillcrest House – AIDS Service Of Dallas (Marsalis Ave)
  • Julian T. Saldivar Elementary
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Mount Olive Food Pantry
  • Nathan Adams Elementary
  • Resource Center of Dallas*
  • Saint Joseph’s Residence
  • Saint Vincent DePaul Study Time
  • Senior Care Center
  • Sunrise Senior Living
  • Trinity Audubon Center
  • United to Learn
  • Wilkinson Center – Buckner
  • Windsor Senior Living