Respect, integrity, service, stewardship, and curiosity are Millbrook’s core values. It is no accident that service is at the center of those values, as it has been a vital component to the Millbrook experience since 1931. Millbrook students own the culture of the campus, and community service is a large part of that ownership.
Community service is built right into the schedule at Millbrook. Four days per week, for a total of 2 hours, students and faculty devote time to helping the school "run," as well as serve in the local community; however, it's common for students to volunteer considerable time beyond the built-in community service periods. Whether feeding the endangered red wolves at night, teaching music lessons to local children, or taking a Bright Nights Run into Poughkeepsie to provide food and comfort to those in need, service extends far beyond the dedicated blocks in any given day.
Service is perfectly expressed in our motto—Non Sibi Sed Cunctis (not for oneself, but for all)—so it is no surprise that one of our most honored traditions is the awarding of the Community Service Cup to a deserving senior at commencement each year.
Returning IVth, Vth, and VIth form students remain with a community service for the entire academic year. NewIVth, Vth, or VIth formers are required to complete two semesters of community service during the academic year, which each student being required to complete one semester at the Trevor Zoo and another semester in a service of their choosing. All IIIrd form students participate in three different services on a rotating basis. These students will spend approximately ten weeks in each of the following services: the zoo, recycling, and the farm.