Student Service Learning (SSL) Program
In July 1992, Maryland's State Board of Education mandated service-learning participation as a graduation requirement. Maryland was the first state to adopt this requirement. The state requires students to complete 75 hours of service in order to graduate. Students may start earning SSL hours as soon as they graduate from 5th grade. Each county has established its own rules for administering the program.
Montgomery County Public Schools’ SSL program
Details of the MCPS SSL program can be found on the MCPS website at MCPSSSL.org
The “frequently-asked questions” section of the website includes information on the activities that can qualify for SSL credit, as well as the activities that are not eligible. The website includes links to the forms required for pre-approval and verification of hours, and to the list of approved organizations and activities.
TPMS SSL Coordinator
The TPMS Student Service Learning (SSL) Coordinator is Ms. Harriet Hamlin.
All service-learning activities must be secular in nature, occur in a public place, and be supervised by a nonprofit organization adult representative. Parents or relatives cannot serve as supervisors for their child or relative.
Students can earn SSL credit in three ways:
- Full participation in the service learning-related activities and successful completion of specific middle and high school courses (6th grade science, 7th grade English, and 8th grade social studies).
- Participation in service-learning activities outside of the instructional school day promoted by school-sponsored clubs or organizations.
- Participation in approved organizations and opportunities outside of the instructional school day. Both the organization and the opportunity must be pre-approved
Approved Opportunities and Organizations
Approved organizations are identified with a graduation cap icon on the website www.montgomeryserves.org. (There is also a link to this list on the SSL webpage.) Students interested in earning service-learning hours with organizations that are not identified with a graduation cap icon on the website must submit a pre-approval form (MCPS Form 560-50) to Mrs. Goldstein, the TPMS SSL Coordinator, in advance of any service. Pre-approval forms can be found in the school’s main office or at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/forms/pdf/560-50.pdf
Verification of SSL hours
In order to receive credit for the service, students must turn in a completed activity verification form by specific deadlines established by MCPS. The form can be found in the school’s main office or at http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/forms/pdf/560-51.pdf
Submitting Forms and Deadlines
SSL verification forms and requests for pre-approval should
be placed in the basket in the main office.
SSL calendar for the 2016-2017 school year.
planning to earn SSL hours during the summer at organizations that have not
been pre-approved need to submit the pre-approval form (560-50) to Mrs.
Hamlin before the end of the school year so that she can approve the
activity. She does not work during the
summer, so after the close of school, pre-approval may be obtained from calling
the MCPS SSL office at 301-279-3454; fax: 301-517-8166.) The MCPS SSL office
only approves activities in the summer.
Superintendent’s Student Service Learning Award
earn the 75 student service learning hours required for high school graduation
while in middle school are eligible to earn the Superintendent’s Student
Service Learning Award. In order to qualify, students must turn in all SSL
verification forms by the first Friday in April. Eligible students may receive
this award only once.