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Community Service Guide

Community Service Requirement

Scholars for the Class of 2021 and beyond must earn twenty-four (24) hours of community service as one of their graduation requirements. Community service hours must be completed prior to the scholar’s participation in a commencement ceremony and the granting of a diploma.


Scholars will be able to complete and document the required hours from their freshman year through their senior year. The hours may be earned all in one time frame (up to 8 hours/day maximum), or in any manner that meets the scholar’s schedule, during his/her high school years.


Your community service experience deserves a great deal of contemplation and discussion. Research has shown that people who take great care in their decisions find community service more relevant and make more meaningful connections with their community. Upon making your selection consider the following:

Dare to dream. Rather than making quick decisions regarding your community service, make a list of the exciting possibilities. Seek advice and input from your parents, family members, school staff, and friends.

Be hopeful. Consult school staff and other interested adults to connect you with potential community mentors and resources.

Approach potential community mentors personally. Act as though you are doing a job interview: dress nicely, discuss your plans, and showcase who you are. An in-person discussion will be far more effective than a phone call.

Don’t limit yourself. If you truly want to try something, there is a resource or organization willing to work/dream with you. Some scholars give up on ideas after a few rejections. Your school counselor will be glad to help you find the right community service experience and community service learning project point person.