Student Service Learning (SSL) Information and Updates
All Montgomery County Public Schools students must earn 75 Student Service Learning (SSL) hours to graduate from high school. Students who enroll in MCPS after Grade 6 will receive a waiver that pro-rates the SSL requirement. Middle school and high school students should continue earning SSL hours towards this state graduation requirement by engaging in SSL opportunities during the 2023-2024 school year, including traditional in-person opportunities and select virtual/remote opportunities that follow the SSL guidelines posted on the MCPS SSL webpage (www.mcps-ssl.org).
Students may find SSL organizations and opportunities on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website; these organizations and opportunities are identified with the blue MCPS SSL graduation cap icon. A complete list of current nonprofit-hosted SSL opportunities may be found at the following quick links: https://bit.ly/SSLOpportunities and https://bit.ly/VirtualSSL2020.
For service with nonprofit organizations not listed on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website, students must complete the Individual SSL Activity Request form (https://bit.ly/SSLPreApproval) and submit it to their school’s SSL coordinator for review at least two weeks prior to service.
All SSL Activity Verification Forms (https://bit.ly/SSLReflection) for service completed during the summer of 2023 should be turned into the school’s SSL coordinator by the recommended due date of September 29, 2023. All SSL forms for service completed during the summer of 2023 and the 2023-2024 school year should be turned into the school’s SSL coordinator no later than the required deadline of May 31, 2024.
Middle school students are also encouraged to work towards earning the Superintendent’s SSL Award by completing the 75-hour graduation requirement while in middle school, and high school seniors are encouraged to work towards earning the Certificate of Meritorious Service (and accompanying purple tassel) by earning 240 or more SSL hours. Any SSL Activity Verification Forms documenting SSL hours for these awards must be submitted to the school’s SSL coordinator no later than the required deadline of April 5, 2024.
Students may view the full details of their SSL record on Student/ParentVUE by following the step-by-step directions provided at https://bit.ly/SSLonVUE. Students may also access SSL forms, guidelines, resources, and more at the MCPS SSL Hub for Students/Families (https://bit.ly/SSLHubMCPS).
If you have any questions about the SSL program, please email your school’s SSL coordinator (https://bit.ly/SSLCoordinatorsMS and https://bit.ly/SSLCoordinatorsHS) or the MCPS SSL office at SSL@mcpsmd.org.
Additional reminders and updates regarding the SSL graduation requirement can be found in the 2023-2024 SSL Messages for Students/Families. Translated versions of this message can be found in the following folder.