Service Learning / Community Service

Service Learning / Community Service Requirement

Students enrolled in 9th grade in 2020-21 and beyond will be required to complete a service learning experience embedded in a core area course.  Service Learning (SL) experiences enable students to learn to apply academic, social, and personal skills to improve the community, continue individual growth, and develop a lifelong ethic of service.  During a service learning experience, students identify an interest and a community need, and then develop and complete a project under the supervision of a staff member or teacher. 

Service Learning

 Service Learning goes beyond students participating in community service.  Service learning experiences enable students to learn and apply academic, social, and personal skills to improve the community, continue individual growth, and develop a lifelong ethic of service.

During a service learning experience, students identify an interest and a community need, and then develop and complete a project. Students complete structured activities before, during, and after the experience to reflect and self-assess.  Service learning requires students to use the Five C’s (collaboration, communication, citizenship, creativity, critical thinking) established in the Profile of a Virginia Graduate. Service learning will take place during Government, Honors Government, AP Government courses and other elective courses.  Students will complete the project as part of their regular instruction. Participation and monitoring of project completion will be done by the classroom teacher and school counselor.

Students entering 9th grade PRIOR to 2020-21 will have the option of completing community service hours or a service learning experience. Students opting to complete community service hours should follow the recommended number of hours listed below to attain the 50 hours needed to meet graduation requirements.

Recommended Number of Community Service Hours per Year
Grade  9 at least 16 hours
Grade 10 at least 17 hours
Grade 11 at least 17 hours

Students completing the community service requirement with a B or better average in Virginia & United States History and Virginia & United States Government with good attendance and no disciplinary referral will be eligible for the Board of Education's Excellence in Civics Education Seal. 
 
Parent(s) and a representative from the non-profit organization/person receiving the service must verify the student’s participation in the activities.  Hours will not be counted for activities that involve pay for services or that a family member is the recipient of the service.  

School counselors will annually monitor the students’ progress towards meeting the service learning or 50 hour requirement.  Students will attach a one page Reflective Summary to the Community Verification form for each submission to the school counselor.   Community Verification and Reflective Summary forms are available below: