Service Learning Policy
Service Learning Policy (3460)
In recognition of the importance for students to become responsible citizens, the Board endorses Service Learning as a vehicle for students to provide service utilizing skills they have acquired in the classroom. There is a distinction between Service Learning and volunteerism. Service Learning is a teaching/learning method that connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility. In Service Learning, students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that:
● Meet community and school needs;
● Are coordinated in collaboration with the school and the community;
● May be integrated into the curriculum;
● Provide structured time for a student to think, talk, and write about what he/she learns during the actual service activity;
● Provide students with skills and knowledge in real life situations in their own communities;
● Enhance what is taught in the school by extending student learning beyond the classroom; and
● Help foster the development of a sense of caring for others.
Service Learning Hour Requirements
Students are required to complete 25 hours of Service Learning, as outlined below, to receive a diploma. Students enrolled in the Occupational Course of Study (OCS) are not required to meet the Service Learning requirement in order to be a junior or senior in good standing, including eligibility for parking privileges for juniors and seniors and off-campus privileges for seniors.
The hour requirements for students enrolling in the district as seniors will be prorated to 15 hours.
Students in the Occupational Course of Study meet this requirement by completing 300 hours of school-based vocational training and 240 hours of community-based vocational training. The student’s status in meeting this requirement will be appropriately prorated in determining “good standing” as a junior or senior.
Students who achieve 100 or more hours of Service Learning in at least two different projects will be awarded recognition at graduation.