Student Service Learning Hours are required hours for high school graduation. The qualifications for an organization and activity to be approved for student service learning hours are as follows:
The organization must be a non-profit tax-exempt organization.
The organization must be registered and listed (Approved SSL MCPS) on the web.
Please check to see if your favorite organization is on the web-site. If it does not appear, notify that organization and call the Montgomery County Volunteer Center 240-777-2600 for the process to approve it.
Students who have been awarded SSL hours for supporting public school athletic teams in the past by being statisticians, managers, etc. may no longer be awarded SSL hours for their service. Another method of reward will have to be considered. Hours served with athletic organizations such as MSI and PAA are still eligible for SSL.
If your organization is not on the approved list and it is non-profit, tax-exempt, you can get an approval with an Application for special activity form. This form must be submitted and approved BEFORE the activity takes place.
Complete details about the Student Service Learning program can be found at the MCPS SSL site.
John Poole Middle School
Check the student service learning (SSL) section of your report card. Contact your school SSL coordinator with any discrepancies. Keep copies of all SSL documentation.
- Plan ahead to be involved in SSL activities over 3-day weekends and early release days.
- Select service-learning activities where careers can be explored and responsibility can be expanded.
- Before beginning any service be sure the organization and activities are pre-approved—either on the SSL Web site at www.mcpsssl.org or through MCPS Form 560-50, Application for SSL Special Activity.
- Know all about the SSL program in MCPS and follow the guidelines. Get program information from your school SSL coordinator or the Web site at www.mcpsssl.org.