Student Service Learning Hours

 SSL Coordinator: Ms. Fatima Binta Calhoun

All students working toward Maryland State Department of Education diplomas must complete service learning hours in addition to the graduation requirements of enrollment, credit, courses, and competencies.

Important Dates

  • Friday, September 29, 2017:
    Documentation of service performed from June 2, 2017 through the summer is due to the school-based SSL coordinator.
  • Friday, January 5, 2018:
    Documentation of service performed during the first semester is due to the school-based SSL coordinator.
  • April 6, 2018:
    Documentation that qualifies seniors for Certificates of Meritorious Service is due to the school-based SSL coordinator.
  • Friday, June 1, 2018:
    Documentation of all service performed during the second semester is due to the school-based SSL coordinator.

Questions & Answers

Q: How many Student Service Learning Hours do I need to graduate high school?

A: Students will need 75 SSL Hours.


Q: Does it matter where I serve the hours?

A: Yes, Student Service Learning Hours must be performed at an MCPS approved organization. If the organization is not on the approved list, a special activity form must be filled out and approved BEFORE the student performs the service.

For a complete list of approved organizations, please visit www.mcpsssl.org. SSL hours must be performed at non profit organizations.


Q: When should I turn in my SSL hours?

A: SSL hours should be turned in BEFORE the end of each marking period in order for them to show up on your report card throughout the year.


Q: Should I strive to get more than 75 hours?

A: Yes! The more community service you perform the better your chances for various scholarships. Also, MCPS awards a certificate to all students with 260 SSL hours upon graduation. Helping your community and those in need is a great thing to do! So, get out there and earn those hours!


MCPS Student Service Learning Hours Information - All your questions answered!