Student and Family Support and Engagement

Student Service Learning (SSL)


Student Service Learning Essentials

Information for students and families, including how to find community organizations and SSL opportunities.

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How can MCPS students earn SSL hours?

Systemwide Documentation and Award Timelines

Time Frame of Service Documentation Due Date
Service completed during the summer September 27, 2019
Service completed during the summer and 1st semester January 3, 2020
Service completed during the summer, 1st semester, and 2nd semester June 5, 2020
Award Documentation Due Date
Documentation that qualifies seniors for Certificates of Meritorious Service April 3, 2020
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 3, 2020

All SSL Forms for service completed any time during the current school year and the summer before the current school year are REQUIRED to be submitted to the school SSL coordinator no later than the first Friday in June.

SSL Pre-Approval Requests

Nonprofit organizations that are not identified with a graduation cap graduation cap on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) website require pre-approval.

The MCPS Form 560-50, Individual Student Service Learning Request, must be submitted and approved by the school-based SSL Coordinator in advance of service. All pre-approval requests must be submitted in a timely manner. There is a two-week allowance for school-based SSL Coordinators to review the request for approval or denial based on compliance with MCPS SSL Program. During the summer break, requests can be scanned and emailed to


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News and Highlights


Choose Respect PSA Contest: Raising Awareness about Teen Dating Violence


Thank you for your interest in the Choose Respect PSA video contest. The contest is now closed. We look forward to seeing you at Respect Fest at the Wheaton Community Recreation Center on March 29, 2020!

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MLK week 2020

MLK Week of Service: Celebrating the Dream


Thank you to all who recognized Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a service project promoting character education and empathy, an MCPS Be Well 365 essential, during the months of December and January! Sixty-seven schools reported more than 100 different service projects that benefited hospitals, homeless shelters, veterans service organizations, assisted living facilities, animal rescue organizations, food banks, donation centers, and many more locations serving communities in need. Students collected clothing, food, and supplies; assembled care packages; made blankets and animal toys; created inspirational cards and placemats; completed acts of kindness; and passed out travel bags to troops returning from deployment. In remarkable fashion, our students put empathy and kindness into powerful action, touching hearts, lifting spirits, educating minds, and impacting many in meaningful, creative, and admirable ways.

Participating Schools
Elementary Schools
  • Belmont ES
  • Beverly Farms ES
  • Bradley Hills ES
  • Brooke Grove ES
  • Burning Tree ES
  • Burnt Mills ES
  • Candlewood ES
  • Burning Tree ES
  • Burnt Mills ES
  • Candlewood ES
  • Cannon Road ES
  • Carderock Springs ES
  • Cashell ES
  • Clarksburg ES
  • Clopper Mill ES
  • Farmland ES
  • Fields Road ESl
  • Glen Haven ES
  • Glenallan ES
  • Greencastle ES
Elementary Schools (cont’d)
  • Kensington Parkwood ES
  • Laytonsville ES
  • Lois P. Rockwell ES
  • Mill Creek Towne ES
  • Monocacy ES
  • Montgomery Knolls ES
  • North Chevy Chase ES
  • Oakland Terrace ES
  • Olney ES
  • Piney Branch ES
  • Potomac ES
  • Ritchie Park ES
  • Seven Locks ES
  • Snowden Farm ES
  • Summit Hall ES
  • Thurgood Marshall ES
  • Travilah ES
  • Westbrook ES
  • Westover ES
Middle Schools
  • A. Mario Loiederman MS
  • Briggs Chaney MS
  • Cabin John MS
  • Col. E. Brooke Lee MS
  • Earle B. Wood Middle MS
  • Francis Scott Key MS
  • Gaithersburg MS
  • John Poole MS
  • John T. Baker MS
  • Julius West MS
  • John Poole MS
  • North Bethesda MS
  • Robert Frost MS
  • Roberto Clemente MS
  • Rocky Hill MS
  • Rosa M. Parks MS
  • Rocky Hill MS
  • Thomas W. Pyle MS
  • Takoma Park MS
  • Tilden Middle MS
  • Westland Middle MS
High Schools
  • Clarksburg HS
  • Col. Zadok Magruder HS
  • Montgomery Blair HS
  • Northwest HS
  • Northwood HS
  • Quince Orchard HS
  • Richard Montgomery HS
  • Sherwood HS
  • Springbrook HS
  • Sherwood HS
  • Wheaton HS
  • Winston Churchill HS

ELO/SAIL Extended Learning Opportunities
Attention middle and high school students! Interested in volunteering with the ELO SAIL, ELO STEP, and PRE-K/Head Start programs? Any middle school or high school student can volunteer to support the educational environment and student experience of the ELO classrooms.

Volunteer information for Extended Learning Opportunities Summer Adventures in Learning (ELO SAIL) and Extended Learning Opportunities Summer Title I Enrichment Program (ELO STEP) will be updated and posted on or before April 24, 2020. This information will be shared with the middle and high school Student Service Learning (SSL) coordinators. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

If you have questions, please email Ms. Donna K. Kleffman, Instructional Specialist, Office of Student and Family Engagement and Support, at

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