Student Service Learning (SSL)


The state of Maryland requires all students to complete 75 hours of Student Service Learning (SSL) in order to graduate. Students may begin working on this requirement as soon as they complete 5 th  grade. Students earn some SSL hours through middle school and high school courses.


Grade 6: Science

Grade 7: English

Grade 8: US History


Parents should be aware that simply working as an unpaid volunteer does not necessarily qualify as SSL. The rules for where a student may earn SSL hours, how to receive credit for the hours earned, and other topics can be found on the MCPS website:  


It is very important that students check the MCPS website prior to undertaking any volunteer service. The website includes a link to the Montgomery County Volunteer Center's list of volunteer opportunities.  


Those organizations marked with a graduation cap are pre-approved for SSL.



Students who wish to volunteer at an organization not on the list should submit an approval request to Eastern's SSL coordinator using MCPS form 560-51 prior to serving as a volunteer.


SSL service should be recorded on a MCPS form 560-50 that has been signed by an adult at the organization. Forms 560-50 are due at the end of each semester. No credit will be given for volunteer service in previous semesters.


Eastern's SSL Coordinator is Mr. Nicolas Towson.


Links and Forms

For more information about SSL on the MCPS website.

SSL News Letter

 SSL Opportunities

The Montgomery County Police Department – 2nd District Police Camp is a one-week day camp for students who have completed 8th Grade but have not yet entered 9th Grade. Topics covered: K-9, Park Police with horses, Tour of Circuit Court and District Court, Teen Court, Meet a Circuit Court Judge, Alcohol & Drug presentation, Personal Safety, Socialmedia, Obstacle Course, Forensics, Domestic Violence, Peer Pressure, Knowing your Rights, and What to do when stopped by Police, etc... The Montgomery County Police Department Police Camp is a one-week day camp for students have completed 8th Grade but have not yet entered 9th Grade. The purpose of Police Camp is to provide law enforcement education for future outstanding citizens. Community Services Officers, School Resource Officers, department staff, serve as instructors, focusing on team building, leadership, conflict resolution, character education and physical fitness in preparation for High School. Juvenile law and police activities such as Park Police, Md. State Police, K-9, Alcohol & Drugs, Mock Court, Know Your Rights, Domestic Violence, Suburban Hospital, Fire & Rescue and obstacle course are also covered. Participants have the opportunity to go on several field trips. Participants may visit locations such as the Montgomery County District and Circuit Court, Sheriff's Office, 1st District Police Station , and Teen Court, Forensics Unit. Campers will be eligible for Student Service Learning hours (school approved) - 15 hours - Students will make a public service announcement video on distracted driving, alcohol and/or drug prevention, school violence or bullying. Campers will also be provided water to help them stay hydrated during more strenuous activities. Camp Locations: June 18-22, 2018 - Tilden Middle School - 11211 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville, Md. August 20-24, 2018 - Argyle Middle School - 2400 Bel Pre Rd., Silver Spring, Md. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Officer Dana Stroman at 240-773-6727 or email: 



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