60 On, 20 Off to Start — 2 Projects to Finish
- School service: 60 hours of service to the school ("ON-campus"), to be completed before May of the senior year.
- Service explorations: 20 hours of service to the community outside the school ("OFF-campus") before 2nd semester of the next academic year (e.g., between the end of 8th grade and January of 10th grade). This should typically include a variety of different activities.
- Service learning projects: Two substantial projects to be completed by May 1 of the 12th grade year (these projects will usually be done in the later high school years, not in 9th grade).
- Requirements for Students Entering After 9th Grade
- Service Learning Hours Reporting Form
- Project Proposal Form
What is a Service Project?
The requirements for a Project are based on the standards for effective Service Learning established to by the National Youth Leadership Council. Each individual student Project must:
- Address an identified need in the local or global community
- Include research on how to serve that need and/or how that need is being served
- Involve the student in the process of planning and carrying out service
- Be of significant duration and intensity to amount to true service, true learning
- Engage the student in partnerships in the wider community
- Promote understanding and respect for cultural and other differences
- Include shared reflection about the effect of the service on the need and on the student. For further guidance, see about reflection.
All Service Projects must be:
- Sponsored by a faculty or staff member through a school program (there are a variety of classes and activities that will fulfill the requirement), OR
- Offered through a recognized outside program or agency, OR
- Planned and executed by the student in collaboration with others
In all cases, projects must be approved by the Service Learning Coordinator. To propose a project, fill out the Service Project Proposal form. See samples of programs and activities that meet project requirements.