Service Hours

Student Service Learning Hours

All students are required to complete 24 independent service learning hours. In order to earn these hours, students must volunteer with nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations.

Students may check the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission Volunteer Office website for a list of sites if they are having trouble finding a place to volunteer.

Students must pick up and fill out a Student Service Learning form (found at the School Counseling Office) in order to earn service hours. This form must be signed by the student, their parent/guardian, and the supervisor at the organization they volunteered with.

Examples of approved community sites/activities for independent service-learning hours: nursing homes, hospitals, park clean ups, free tutoring, etc. If you need help brainstorming other ideas, please see your School Counselor!

Deadlines for submission of the Student Service-Learning Forms are listed below. Students must submit their forms by these deadlines within the academic year that they completed the hours. Late forms will not be accepted.

  • October 15 (for any independent hours obtained between July and August 30)
  • January 31 (for any independent hours obtained between September 1 and January 31)
  • July 15 (for any independent hours obtained between February 1 and June 30)

Please see attached for the PGCPS Service Hours Form, which is required for students to receive credit for the service hours they have completed. If you are worried about whether or not your hours will count, please complete and submit the PGCPS Service Hours Pre-Approval Form form.