Magis Christian Service Program
4 year service requirement (see below)
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Magis Christian Service--4 Year Requirement
Our four year Christian Service Program is titled “Magis.” A Latin adverb meaning "more greatly," Magis refers to the challenge to do more and to strive for excellence in all things. Its origin is in the Jesuit motto A.M.D.G.: ad majorem Dei gloriam or "towards the greater glory of God." In Ignatian spirituality, we are taught to live by this and always strive for more. The four year Magis Christian Service Program at Seattle Prep exposes students to many different forms of service including service to family (freshman), to school (sophomore), to the poor and marginalized (junior), and to leadership for justice (senior).
Our school philosophy, founded on the experiences of St. Ignatius, states: “Our ideal is the well-rounded person who is: intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving and committed to doing justice in generous service to the people of God. This is why Seattle Preparatory School includes in its curriculum a Christian Service Program. It is more than a requirement or extra work. Service to others is proof of our love for God and is the starting point for all that happens at Seattle Preparatory School. Service to others is the reason we dedicate everything we do to the “Greater Glory of God.”
The Magis Christian Service Program is a four year service program that helps young people to understand and participate in many forms of service, enabling students to become men and women for and with others.
Each year emphasizes a different type of service:
Freshman year focus: service to family and to Church (20 hour requirement)
Sophomore year focus: service to Seattle Prep (25 hour requirement)
Junior Year focus: service to the poor and marginalized (30 hour requirement)
Senior year focus: leadership and working for justice (To be implemented 2009-2010 school year)
By the time a student leaves Prep, he or she will have experienced multiple ways of being of service to the world. Service then is hopefully a part of his/her person and day-to-day experience.