Service Learning Hours & Requirements

Every CPS High School student must complete 40 hours of Service Learning in order to graduate.

Allowable Service Activities:

The following service-learning activities can fulfill the graduation requirement:

  • Classroom-integrated service-learning projects (whole-group, small-group, or individual) that are tied to curriculum, meet a community need, and have been appropriately implemented by the classroom teacher to meet the Board of Education Guidelines for Service Learning.
  • Community events on non-school days and/or during non-school hours sponsored by non-profit organizations that meet a community need, have a clear academic objective, and include appropriate preparation and reflection activities.

The Board of Education places top priority on classroom-integrated service-learning project where a community need is identified and met as classroom learning goals are achieved. Service-learning credit (preparation, action, reflection) can be earned during the school day for classroom-integrated service-learning projects.

What is Service Learning?

Service Learning is an opportunity for students to learn skills by doing hands-on service projects in the community that will help build their skills while strengthening the community. 

1) Service Learning is a way to:

  • learn effective problem solving, critical thinking and project management skills
  • strengthen your academic and social skills
  • learn about potential careers
  • meet amazing people that you wouldn't normally meet
  • gain a sense of accomplishment
  • do something good for your community and yourself

2) Students MAY NOT earn service-learning hours through the following:

  • Work with for-profit businesses and corporations
  • Work with religious organizations if the service involves promoting a particular faith
  • Volunteer work where no academic objective is addressed
  • Work that is financially reimbursed

Students MAY NOT earn hours for the following specific activities:

  • Participation in a sports team or other extra-curricular activity unless that group designs a service-learning project that contains the components listed above
  • Assisting a teacher (i.e. correcting papers, cleaning the classroom, etc.)
  • Artistic performances unless students are involved in creating a project that includes a performance as an outcome of the project
  • Attending a training or other educational event unless that training leads directly to a service project

Please reference this website for more information on service learning:

http://cps.edu/ServiceLearning/Pages/Students.aspx