Student Service Learning

If you have any questions about the SSL program, please email Mr. Sartori or the MCPS SSL office at Thank you!

Mr. William Sartori

SSL Coordinator, School Counselor

General information

Middle school and high school students should continue earning SSL hours towards their SSL graduation requirement by engaging in SSL opportunities during the 2022-2023 school year and over the summer, including traditional in-person opportunities and select virtual/remote opportunities that follow the guidelines posted on the MCPS SSL webpage ( 

Systemwide Documentation and Award Timelines

Time Frame of Service Documentation Due Date
Service completed during the summer September 29, 2023
Service completed during the summer and 1st semester January 5, 2024
Service completed during the summer, 1st semester, and 2nd semester May 31, 2024*
**All SSL Forms for service completed after June 1, 2023, through the end of the 2023-2024 school year, are REQUIRED to be submitted to the school SSL Coordinator no later than May 31, 2024
Award Documentation Due Date
Documentation that qualifies seniors for Certificates of Meritorious Service April 5, 2024*
Documentation that qualifies middle school students for the Superintendent’s SSL Award. This award is given to students who meet the 75 hour graduation requirement during middle school and is only awarded once. April 5, 202


Any high school senior who has submitted documentation to show the completion of 240 SSL hours or more by April 5th 2024, will earn the Certificate of Meritorious Service along with a purple tassel for graduation. Any middle school student who has submitted documentation to show the completion of the 75-hour SSL graduation requirement (for the first time in middle school) by March 30, 2024, will receive the Superintendent’s SSL Award.

Student Service Learning (SSL) activites are intended to address a recognized need in the community and provide a learning experience for students.  SSL is required by the Maryland State Department of Education for graduation.  Hours are earned through upaid service with non-profit organizations, government agencies, school clubs, and through specific school courses.  There are only a few opportunities working directly with the school.

SSL hours can be earned beginning in the summer after grade 5.  Students should aim to finish earning all their hours by the end of the first semester of their senior year to avoid potential problems at graduation.  Students should also consider trying to earn most of their hours before the fall of their junior year when coursework becomes heavy.

Need SSL hours?
We’ve got you covered!
Most shifts are about 3 hours; you can sign up for multiple shifts!
Volunteers are needed
Friday, June 2, 2023: 12:00pm - 8:00pm Saturday, June 3, 2023: 7:00am - 7:00pm Sunday, June 4, 2023: 8:00am - 6:00pm Monday, June 5, 2023: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Choose from these areas to volunteer:
Admissions Community Stage Garden Club Kid's Activities, Check-In Kid's Activities, Games Main Stage Mascot Strawberry, Ice, Trash Strawberry Capper Ticket Booth Volunteer Check-In
Questions: email
Direct site:


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MCPS PeaceJam


MCPS has partnered with PeaceJam Mid-Atlantic to provide an application-only leadership development and service-oriented program for high school students across the district! This program is designed to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of 14 Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. Learn more about the program here.

Building a Culture of Kindness With a Day of Service

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March 27th from  9-1 join up for a SHS spring clean up. Be a part of the team to keep our environment clean for the spring season. We will meet by the back gym.  SSL forms will be available to complete, and hand in, on site.


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MLK Week of Service 2022 - January 17 to 24

Click here to earn vurtual hours with the sandy spring muesum 

Click here for MLK week virtual SSL opportunities



  • MCPS Mental Health Awareness Week - November 8-13, 2021 - Middle school and high school students will have opportunities to earn up to 11 SSL hours total during this year’s MCPS Mental Health Awareness Week! Live virtual events will take place on Tuesday, 10/9, Thursday, 10/11, and Saturday, 10/13 -- each of these three events will serve as 2-hour SSL opportunities for students! In addition, students may also earn up to 5 SSL hours for viewing videos tagged as SSL and participating in follow-up advocacy action throughout the week! To view the full schedule and learn more about the SSL opportunities offered, please visit
  • Show Us Your Hope - Deadline: November 19, 2021 - MCPS is seeking students interested in creating a video, presentation, artwork, poetry, song, music, and other representations of hope from their culture, heritage, family background, and/or identity to include in our upcoming “Celebrating Our Voices of Hope” virtual event. Successful completion and submission of the Show Us Your Hope plan by November 19, 2021, will earn students 10 SSL hours. Interested students may view additional information at