We believe that the healthiest communities result when members invest tangible effort toward their maintenance. Phillips Academy’s work duty program is designed both to amplify our students’ sense of responsibility toward their environment and to inculcate in them the importance of the notion of selflessness, or non sibi. The program also provides significant cost savings to the school, which enables PA to devote more financial resources to scholarships and educational programs.
During their PA career, students (lowers-seniors) are assigned to a variety of jobs that require a commitment of up to one class period per week throughout the year. Examples of such jobs include clerical responsibilities in campus offices and academic departments, sorting and delivering Academy mail, responding to student and faculty technology concerns through the Computer Center, helping with the on-campus recycling program, and serving in various leadership roles. Students who possess specific skills or interests may be of great assistance in such areas as the peer Tutoring Program, the Peabody Museum or the Addison Gallery. All students indicate their preferences for assignments during the spring trimester advising period and are assigned jobs based upon their seniority. Attendance of the work duty program is treated the same as a regular academic period and absences are recorded.