Cheverus Seniors end their classes in late April and spend the next four to five weeks on site at various institutions in the community: schools, day care centers, nursing homes, hospitals, etc. The students work at the site for five to six hours a day (the equivalent of a school day) working with clients for at least half of the time. They must meet with a Cheverus faculty adviser once a week to process their experience, and they write two 500-word reflection papers over the course of the month.
On the last Friday before graduation, the seniors return to Cheverus and several of them speak to the entire school community about their experiences. It is a graduation requirement--of course, it corresponds directly to the mission of Cheverus.
The Arrupe Service Projects -- named for Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, a former Superior General of the Society of Jesus -- have been part of the Cheverus experience since 1972.