Community

Student Life

Campbell Hall students genuinely learn and appreciate what it means to participate effectively and enthusiastically in a global society.

Chapel

In every division, chapel is the gathering place of the community. It is where we find prayerful silence during our busy day, collectively cheer homecoming wins, and sing our Alma Mater with heartfelt enthusiasm. It is the space where we celebrate our traditions and ask for continual spiritual guidance as we become more decent, loving, and responsible human beings. Campbell Hall is committed to supporting and honoring the many religious, ethnic, racial, and social groups in our diverse community. We are a community of open inquiry and of spiritual formation through chapel, service learning, human development, and experiential education. LEARN MORE

Student Government

Beginning in grade 4, elected student body and class officers work together to serve the needs of their fellow classmates and organize a variety of campus events throughout the year. This program gives students the opportunity to develop their skills as community leaders and work collaboratively to represent the student body.

Middle school Student Council is a group of elected representatives who plan student events, raise money for charity, and make recommendations to the assistant principal and principal regarding student life. 

In high school, the Student Council represents the school at events like Secondary Open Houses, where they serve as panelists and tour guides; they organize events like town hall forums and serve as liaisons between the faculty and students. The Student Activities Committee organizes events such as dances, homecoming, and spirit days. Elected student body and class officers, as well as appointed officers, serve one-year terms and meet weekly, learning the fundamentals of parliamentary procedure and leadership techniques as they carry out the responsibilities of their offices.

Mindfulness

Campbell Hall offers mindfulness instruction in elementary through high school to help students learn how to be more connected, present in the moment, and free of anxiety. Based on neurological research, learning mindfulness skills helps reduce stress, strengthen attention, deepen self-awareness, and increase compassion for self and others. Mindfulness programs are also offered to parents, faculty, and staff.

Secondary Student Clubs and Affinity Groups

Clubs and affinity groups are an important part of the secondary school and reflect the interests of students and faculty sponsors. Clubs vary by year; following is a sample:
  • 42 (African American Young Men Affinity Group)
  • Book Club
  • BSUG (Black Student Union for Girls)
  • Chess Club
  • Creative Writing Club & CREW
  • Girls in STEM
  • GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance)
  • International Thespian Society
  • Junior Curators
  • Mindfulness Club
  • Robotics
  • Science Olympiad
  • Student Council
  • Urban Stewards
  • Young Activists

Diversity + Inclusion

Campbell Hall is committed to fostering a community that honors the diversity of the human experience. We are devoted to cultivating and sustaining a safe environment that empowers individuals and groups to discover and celebrate identity.

Whether hosting special guest speakers and performances for chapel., teaching multicultural literacy, or supporting organizations for parent or students who belong to a common identity group, Campbell Hall's open-inquiry culture provides an inclusive experience for all community members. LEARN MORE

Student Travel and Exchange Program (STEP)

In the process of creating decent, loving and responsible human beings, CH inspires students and faculty to explore our world with open hearts and curious minds. And we must actually go out into the world to achieve these goals in a real and meaningful way.

The CH curriculum is inclusive and innovative, generating connections among ideas and people. If students meet people and listen to ideas from cultures other than their own, they see not only the differences among us, but find that there are many things that make us all the same, too. In this way we prepare our students to function effectively in a larger world where solving complex problems requires understanding - and even embracing - differences.

At the heart of the CH community is a sense of connectedness to something greater than ourselves. We are a community exploring the nature of reality and culture, and how to make the world a better place. We want our students to understand "the other," not reject that which is different, and to celebrate the uniqueness of each individual.

All of this, then, is the goal of the CH Student Travel and Exchange Program. LEARN MORE

Community Service + Service Learning 

Community service and service learning are an integral part of the Campbell Hall experience, beginning in kindergarten and culminating in the high school. 

Outreach Committee

The Campbell Hall Outreach Committee exists to further the school's mission of “nurturing decent, loving, and responsible human beings” by developing service-based projects and outreach programs to communities in need. As faithful stewards of our resources, the students, parents, faculty and staff members, and alumni of Campbell Hall, through education, activism, and outreach, cherish the opportunity for involvement in service and outreach.

Outreach Gift Fair

Elementary students participate in the annual Outreach Gift Fair, a service learning project in which each grade level explores a variety of outreach opportunities. This holiday tradition, started in 1990, helps our students begin a lifelong involvement in service and outreach.

Each class works together to raise money for a specific cause such as preservation of the rain forest, Interfaith Food Pantry, and Hillsides Homes for Children in Pasadena. The service learning component of this activity not only explores a variety of outreach opportunities but also encourages students to earn their own money for the class gift by doing household chores such as car washing, dishes, and taking care of family pets. In a culminating chapel, each grade presents its Outreach Gift Fair project.

Community Service + Service Learning Programs

The community service program seeks to help form young adults who possess strong personal values and high self-esteem, and who realize their potential to participate effectively and enthusiastically in a global society. Students participate in a wide variety of activities that help close to 150 local and national nonprofit organizations. These efforts support a broad range of causes including underserved and abused youth, the elderly, the environment, the homeless, health, animal welfare, and physically and mentally challenged persons. 

In the middle school, community service is a part of the advisory program. During advisory time middle school students participate in a variety of service activities. 8th grade students work for organizations across Los Angeles including Wheels for Humanity, M.E.N.D., and Food Forward during our Make a Difference Day.

Big Sunday

Campbell Hall is proud to participate in this annual city-wide community service event in Los Angeles – the biggest in the country.
I am biased as I love Campbell Hall - its culture, its students, and its community. There is absolute truth in the statement that the students of Campbell Hall were an invaluable cog in the ‘engine’ that is Big Sunday and that they exemplify everything that we aspire to in our mission - to build community through community service. They were cheerful, respectful, and so helpful over the many days that they came to our offices. The students demonstrated leadership skills, tremendous organizational ability, and an overwhelming spirit of camaraderie. They responded well to our requests, took direction easily, and above all were aware of why they were there. It is always a pleasure for us, and we are extremely thankful to everyone at Campbell Hall who works with us in making such a phenomenal difference in the lives of so many others.”
—Berenice Katcher, Big Sunday organizer

Outdoor Service Learning Trips

Experiencing the world beyond the classroom is an increasingly important skill set that we embrace and promote in our community. Each year our students are given more and more opportunities to travel, volunteer, immerse in languages and cultures, and most importantly, evolve as globallyminded thinkers. Past trips include Catalina Island, Big Sur, Cambria, Tijuana, the Santa Monica Mountains, and Haiti. Learn more about the trips by visiting the Outdoor Service Learning page and the Urban Stewards page. 

Mentor Programs

Elementary Pal Program

The Elementary Pal Program is designed to create an everlasting bond between children of different ages. The pals meet regularly to go to chapel together and sometimes meet to read together. They also do craft projects throughout the year including Day of the Dead sugar skulls, winter decorations, and Valentine’s Day picture frames. The time these students spend together creates unique and in some cases everlasting friendships.

Ella Bea Gardner ‘22 remembers “When I was the younger pal, I felt like my pal protected me, and now I am the older pal, and I feel like I protect her and teach her things.” The great thing about the Pal Program is that even though the students are several grades apart, they feel like good friends.

Every day, when pals pass each other at school, they exchange big hugs and smiles. The Pal Program is the perfect way to represent Campbell Hall values.

Secondary Advisor Groups

The secondary advisor program at Campbell Hall ensures every student's academic and personal development is guided by an adult advocate and creates a cohesive group dynamic by providing a space in which each child experiences a sense of belonging.

The advisor program involves secondary students in small, single-sex groups with a faculty advisor to discuss developmentally appropriate issues, learn more about the life of the school, engage in community service projects, and develop a small community within the larger community of the school. Weekly meetings often include school service group activities as well as thoughtful discussion—guided sometimes by the advisor and sometimes by students—on a wide range of issues and concerns. Advisors serve as advocates for their advisees, seeking to support them and help with concerns they might have in their journey as students.
All seniors have the ability to positively influence underclassman, but its really great to have a program dedicated to it. Thinking back to my freshman year and how meaningful it was to me when shown kindness and interest by a senior, I am grateful to have the opportunity to positively impact the freshman class. The most meaningful thing for me has been the concept that what we do as mentors has the potential to be passed on from year to year, sowing the seeds of kindness from generation to generation."
—Sam Postil ’16
Campbell Hall truly is a special place where kids become so much more than students; they become a part of something.”
—Will Davis ’12

9 + 12 Mentor Programs

Central to the development of decent, loving, and responsible human beings is a strong and supportive community in which students feel valued, listened to, and cared for by adults and peers. Community is about connection, understanding one another, and strength in shared purpose. It requires careful attention and nurturing as we all work together to understand our responsibility to ourselves and one another, the Campbell Hall community, and the world beyond our gates.

Alumni College Mentor Program

The Alumni Association offers upperclassmen the opportunity to reach out to alumni who attend/ed a particular college or university. Throughout the college process, current students can contact alumni for advice and questions pertaining to the school that the alum is attending. We currently have almost 300 mentors representing over 150 institutions of higher education. LEARN MORE
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Campbell Hall is an independent coeducational day school for grades K-12, located in Studio City, CA. We are affiliated with the Episcopal Church and its 500-year history of academic excellence, and are also one of the most religiously and racially diverse schools in southern California.

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