Chicago Public Schools defines service-learning as a teaching strategy that connects classroom curriculum with service projects. Service-learning engages students in projects that serve the community while building social, civic, and academic skills.
Service-learning is a teaching strategy, not an outcome. It's an opportunity for students to develop Common Core skills and 21st century skills (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking/Problem Solving) through project preparation and development, execution, and reflection.
Research indicates that when students participate in high quality service-learning, we see positive academic, social/emotional, and civic outcomes.
Service Learning Standards
Service Learning projects should meet the following standards of excellent practice:
Graduation Requirements & Classroom Projects
For the graduating classes of 2020 and beyond, students will need to complete a minimum of two (2) classroom-integrated service-learning projects: one service-learning project in a Civics or AP Government course and one additional classroom-integrated service-learning project.
All Scholars must complete an additional 40 individual hours over the course of four years.
In order to receive Service Learning hours, students must turn in 3 documents:
There are 2 service learning deadlines each school year:
Summer and first semester hours must be received by the December deadline; hours completed after the December deadline must be received by the May deadline. If you fail to meet these deadlines, you will receive only half credit for the hours completed.
Restricted Service Activities
Students may not earn service-learning credit through the following: