A Catholic, college-preparatory school, grades 7-12


At the core of Benilde-St. Margaret's mission as a Catholic school is our long held tradition of service dating back to the 1970s, when Hank Scheinost joined the staff, following ten years in the Peace Corps. All students experience an aspect of service through their theology classes. However, service is beyond just the theology classes and can be found across all disciplines through a unique pedagogy called service-learning. Benilde-St. Margaret's has been recognized as a national service-learning leader school and mentors schools around the world. Serving is part of the culture at BSM. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni all participate in service.

Service-learning is a learning method in which students have leadership roles in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet real need in the community. The service is integrated into the students' academic studies with structured time to research, reflect, discuss, and connect their experiences to their learning and their world view.

Examples of some service-learning across disciplines include testing water for the city of St. Louis Park in Ecology class, analyzing food packing data in Science 9, and more.

Service Hours Documentation Form

  • Over the past five year, 467 BSM students have earned the President's Service Award for performing at least 50 (junior high) or 100 (senior high) hours of service during a 12-month period. Combined, these students volunteered 65,239 hours.
  • Minnesota Service-Learning Leader District (2003 and 2005)
  • Minnesota Student Service Award (May 2002)
  • National Service-Learning Leader School Award, Corporation for National Service (1999), Recertified (2001)
  • Star School Award Minnesota Youth Service Recognition (1998)
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