AISCE (APCP/PHS Service Learning)


The Academy of Integrated Studies and Community Engagement (“ace”)


Service. Return. AISCE.
Advantage Others. Advantage You.


AISCE (“ace”) is a service learning program for students entering 9th-12th grades that integrates community service with informal collaborative seminars emphasizing discussion, exploration and reflection. Enrolled students will participate in both:

  • Community service – Students work in a variety of settings around the East Bay with disadvantaged and special needs youth. They learn to engage the children with sports activities, reading, art – even gardening. Students will also receive conflict resolution training in order to best support the children. Each course also offers training/orientation on community engagement. Service will take place at several locations around the East Bay and will be supported by teachers and classroom discussion and exploration.
  • Collaborative Seminars – Taught by dynamic PHS faculty, who design creative, engaging, hands-on curriculum for a small learning community, the courses (details below) provide oversight, mentoring and spirited inquiry in small group meetings. These sessions are geared to foster empathy, self-directed learning and critical thinking skills across disciplines as diverse as the social and physical sciences, nutrition, economics, civics, music, arts and literature. Participating students will receive training on how to work with children of diverse backgrounds with a variety of needs and will develop insight, character, leadership, social skills and a greater awareness of the world around them. AISCE is not for credit, but students will receive up to 40 hours of community service per session.

AISCE Director: Ashley English,

2016 course descriptions:  Click HERE.

Registration: Register directly online here. To help maintain small class size, space is limited so please register as soon as possible. A course that does not reach minimum enrollment may need to be cancelled and we will work with you to find an alternative option. For families requesting it, financial assistance is available.

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