Student Service Learning
- What is Student Service Learning (SSL)?
- What are the guidelines for SSL?
- How many SSL hours are required for graduation?
- How are SSL hours documented?
- How can students earn SSL hours?
- What should seniors know about SSL hours?
Students may CLICK HERE for a list of helpful SSL Quicklinks.
NOTE: Earned SSL Totals Available Online
Earned SSL hours are now visible on the student portal of myMCPS and students and families can access this fluid data at ANY time.
TIMEFRAME OF SERVICE
Service completed during the summer
September 23, 2022
Service completed during summer and semester 1
January 6, 2023
Service completed during summer, semester 1 and semester 2
June 2, 2023
NOTE: All SSL forms for service completed after June 1, 2022 through the end of the 2022-2023 school year are REQUIRED to be submitted to the school SSL Coordinator no later than the first Friday in June.
Documentation that qualifies seniors for Certificates of Meritorious Service *
March 30, 2023
* The required deadline for all documentation that qualifies seniors for Certificates of Meritorious Service and middle school students for the Superintendent’s SSL Award is March 30, 2023. All SSL forms (MCPS Form 560-51: Student Service Learning Activity Verification) should be submitted to the school’s SSL coordinator by March 30, 2023, to be considered for these awards.
How to Find SSL-Approved Activities
- www.MontgomeryServes.org is a constantly-updating, comprehensive database of all the volunteering opportunities in Montgomery County. Make sure to search only for opportunities that are already approved for SSL by MCPS. Create an account to save your favorites to come back to later.
- www.Guidestar.org is a website where you can confirm an organization's non-profit status.
- MCPS form 560-50 must be completed by students who wish to pursue a Student Service Learning (SSL) opportunity that is not identified on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) website. The form should be turned in to Ms. Wilson, the JFK SSL Coordinator, in room 104.
- MCPS form 560-51 must be completed following each completed SSL activity (even if it is with a teacher or staff member in your own school!) and turned into the SSL hours drop tray in the counseling office in order for students to receive credit for the hours earned.
- Email email@example.com if you have any questions that cannot be answered by Ms. Wilson, the JFK SSL Coordinator.
- Visit the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website frequently to find pre-approved SSL opportunities, updated on a daily basis.
* * * Any MCPS entity is pre-approved to offer SSL hours. A school-based PTSA, SGA, JFKHS, after-school club, etc., can offer SSL hours after school, on weekends, or during the summer.
What is Student Service Learning (SSL)?
- A Maryland State Department of Education high school diploma requirement.
- A teaching method that combines academic instruction, meaningful service, and critical reflective thinking.
- Activities involving phases of preparation, action, and reflection.
What are the guidelines for SSL?
- All activities must be performed through a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization in a public place.
- All activities must be secular in nature, based on a recognized need in the community and completed outside of the instructional day.
- The supervisor must be over 18 years of age and someone other than a member of the student’s family.
- The activity must be performed without financial compensation.
- One service-learning hour must be awarded for one hour of service, maximum 8 hours per 24 hour period.
How many SSL hours are required for graduation?
- Beginning with the class of 2011, students are required to have 75 hours completed for graduation.
- Students who enter MCPS after sixth grade will have a prorated total for graduation.
- See the SSL Coordinator for specific information about prorated hours.
NOTE: The number of SSL hours required is also based on the number of years in Montgomery County Public schools and may be prorated for students who enter MCPS after sixth grade.
How are SSL hours documented?
- All SSL hours must be documented using MCPS Form 560-51: Student Service Learning Activity Verification. These forms are available in the counseling office.
- Student performance toward meeting the SSL graduation requirement appears on the report card every nine weeks.
How can students earn SSL hours?
- Full participation in school-sponsored clubs and organizations that address recognized community need. The teacher/advisor verifies the SSL hours.
- Full participation in service learning opportunities in the community with nonprofit, tax exempt organizations that are pre-approved for SSL.
- Successful support for a staff member.
- See www.mcpsssl.org for more ideas.
What should seniors know about SSL hours?
- SSL requirements must be completed by June 6, 2023.
- Each high school graduate who documents 260 SSL hours or more before March 30, 2023 will receive a Certificate of Meritorious Service from MSDE and MCPS. Meritorious service winners will also be recognized at commencement for their laudable service contributions.
- Verification Form : Submit this form to your school's SSL coordinator by the end of each semester when service is performed. (Revised August 2018)
Individual SSL Request: Complete this form legibly in ink and have it approved by the SSL Coordinator prior to earning SSL hours with an opportunity or organization that is not MCPS SSL-approved. (Revised August 2018)
For full information about MCPS SSL, please visit the MCPS Student Service Learning website.