Helping others is at the core of the CEE student experience. The Center firmly believes that learning can be deepened through service to others.

By connecting the school curriculum with civic-minded projects, our school attempts to both reinforce learning happening the classroom and instill a strong sense of compassion and caring for others.

Community Service

Elementary students participate in several Community Service Field Trips throughout their years at The Center. With their multi-aged groups called "Families," students travel to organizations throughout the city with whom CEE has developed partnerships with over the years. From delivering Thanksgiving food to the Blind Children's Center in November to visiting dear friends at the Watts Senior Center or painting a school with Big Sunday, students learn about making connections in the local community and doing their part to help others.

Service Learning

Service Learning infuses much of daily life at CEE. Students start by making sandwiches in partnership with the West Hollywood Food Coalition as young as Early Childhood, continuing this regular tradition through Sixth Grade. Each grade has an opportunity for a rich service learning partnership, too.

Second graders form pen pal relationships with seniors at Silverado Beverly Place. EC2 students make fast friends with children in preschool at PATH (People Assisting the Homeless), visiting and communicating throughout the year. Sixth graders visit local organizations for a day of service during Intersession week. Student groups help organize donation drives to support those in need. Third graders teach their kindergarten buddies about water conservation throughout the year. All along the way, classrooms are filled with rich discussions about what students are doing and why, with the goal being to empower young people to work together in an effort to change the world.