Current students serve locally and globally through their engagements around the Groton Circle, outside of it, and beyond it. Students learn what it means to serve and how to rise to the challenges of leadership, which such service demands, through various aspects of our program—from the Chapel, to the dorm, to the playing fields, to a local shelter, and even to a rural school in Tanzania.
Service to others was one of Groton School's founding principles. The School motto, Cui Servire Est Regnare, was in place by the turn of the 20th century. Throughout its history, Groton School has inspired students to serve their communities, the nation, and the world. Some alumni have built careers as public servants and political leaders. Many who do not serve the public or nonprofit sector consider service an important part of their lives, offering their time to a variety of worthwhile causes. For many graduates, this principled outlook took root at Groton School.
At Groton School, service work is not a requirement in which hours are counted, but rather a community expectation. All students are expected to serve as community leaders—as prefects—during their sixth form year, and our program—through its various opportunities and expectations—prepares students in their earlier years for this significant sixth form responsibility and for a life of service.