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. Service-learning is 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 2019 & 2018, students will need to complete a minimum of three (3) classroom-integrated service-learning projects or a total of 40 hours.
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 December 11th must be received by the May deadline.
Restricted Service Activities
Students may not earn service-learning credit through the following: