Student Service Learning

Office Info

Student Service Learning Coordinator:
Lexanne Wilson

Counseling Office:
Room 104

Telephone:
240-740-0105


Important Dates

  • September 30, 2016: Documentation of service performed from June 16, 2015 through the summer is due to the SSL coordinator.
  • January 6, 2017: Documentation of service performed during the first semester is due to the SSL coordinator.
  • April 6, 2017: Deadline for submission of Student Service Learning Hours for Meritorious Award.
  • June 2, 2017: Documentation of all service performed during the second semester is due to the SSL coordinator.

What should seniors know about SSL hours?

  • SSL requirements must be completed by TBD.
  • Each high school graduate who documents 260 SSL hours or more before TBD 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.

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.

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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.

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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 aproratedtotal for graduation.
  • See the SSL Coordinator for specific information about prorated hours.

(number of SSL hours required is also based on the number of years in Montgomery County Public schools)

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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 Guidance Office and in Room 168
  • Student performance toward meeting the SSL graduation requirement appears on the report card every nine weeks.

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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.

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What should seniors know about SSL hours?

  • SSL requirements must be completed by June 2, 2017.
  • Each high school graduate who documents 260 SSL hours or more before April 6, 2017 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.

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Forms

  • Verification Form - Submit this form to your school's SSL coordinator by the end of each semester when service is performed. (Revised March 2012)
  • 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 March 2012)

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