Student Service Learning
If you have any questions about the SSL program, please email Mr. Sartori or the MCPS SSL office at SSL@mcpsmd.org. Thank you!
Mr. William Sartori
Middle school and high school students should continue earning SSL hours towards their SSL graduation requirement by engaging in SSL opportunities during the 2022-2023 school year and over the summer, including traditional in-person opportunities and select virtual/remote opportunities that follow the guidelines posted on the MCPS SSL webpage (www.mcps-ssl.org).
Systemwide Documentation and Award Timelines
|SYSTEMWIDE STUDENT DOCUMENTATION TIMELINE
|Time Frame of Service
|Documentation Due Date
|Service completed during the summer
|September 29, 2023
|Service completed during the summer and 1st semester
|January 5, 2024
|Service completed during the summer, 1st semester, and 2nd semester
|May 31, 2024*
|**All SSL Forms for service completed after June 1, 2023, through the end of the 2023-2024 school year, are REQUIRED to be submitted to the school SSL Coordinator no later than May 31, 2024
|SYSTEMWIDE SSL AWARD TIMELINE
|Documentation Due Date
|Documentation that qualifies seniors for Certificates of Meritorious Service
|April 5, 2024*
|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 5, 202
Any high school senior who has submitted documentation to show the completion of 240 SSL hours or more by April 5th 2024, will earn the Certificate of Meritorious Service along with a purple tassel for graduation. Any middle school student who has submitted documentation to show the completion of the 75-hour SSL graduation requirement (for the first time in middle school) by March 30, 2024, will receive the Superintendent’s SSL Award.
Student Service Learning (SSL) activites are intended to address a recognized need in the community and provide a learning experience for students. SSL is required by the Maryland State Department of Education for graduation. Hours are earned through upaid service with non-profit organizations, government agencies, school clubs, and through specific school courses. There are only a few opportunities working directly with the school.
SSL hours can be earned beginning in the summer after grade 5. Students should aim to finish earning all their hours by the end of the first semester of their senior year to avoid potential problems at graduation. Students should also consider trying to earn most of their hours before the fall of their junior year when coursework becomes heavy.