CPS Graduation Requirement: 40 Service Learning Hours
Surely the end of all education is service to others.
~ Cesar E Chavez ~
Service-learning is a proven civic education practice that extends learning into the community and builds a strong sense of agency among young people. Chicago Public Schools requires that all students complete three service-learning projects in order to graduate. Service-learning is a teaching strategy that connects classroom curriculum with service projects. Service-learning engages students in projects that serve the community while building social, civic, and academic skills.
FAQ's about Service Learning
Where can i serve?
What is service learning
Service-learning is a teaching and learning methodology that connects classroom curriculum with identify community issues and needs. Service-learning engages students in projects that serve the community and build their social, civic, and academic capacities. Each service-learning experience must have three distinct components in order for it to count toward the graduation requirement: Preparation, Action, Reflection. Students can earn service-learning credit by participating in a classroom service project, an after-school project, or a student club service project provided that all three components are in place.
Why do I have to earn 40 hrs?
Service-learning is hands-on, project-based learning that contributes to the common good. Great projects teach important civic and leadership skills while reinforcing and strengthening classroom learning. If you participate in a great project with your heart, soul, and mind, you can enjoy some of the following:
How can I earn my service hours?
Students may earn service-learning hours in the following ways:
what resources do i have to help me?
I'm ready to serve, now what?
Download the MLA student service packet and complete the needed forms.
Hours completed out of school MUST have the forms from the student packet completed with essays and returned to the Service Learning Coach
Can I serve my hours outside of school?
Yes. Service projects outside of school must first be approved by the service learning coach. Hours outside may be rejected if prior approval is not obtained.
I finished my project, now what?
Once you have finished your service. Complete the service learning sheets and reflection essay. Make sure your project sponsor signs off on your service. Turn in your completed forms to the counseling dept. Make sure to make a copy of your records.
If you are working on your own to complete your service-learning project, be sure that you do not:
Service Learning Forms