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Overview of Service Learning

What is Service Learning?
Service Learning is a teaching - learning method that connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility. Students who graduate from high school in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District must fulfill a Service Learning requirement. Click to read policy 3460 (Policy and Guidelines).

How many Service Learning hours are required to receive a diploma?
Students who enter the CHCCS District as Freshmen, Sophomores or Juniors are required to complete 25 Service Learning hours. Students may begin earning service learning hours after they complete eighth grade. Students who enter the CHCCS District as Seniors are required to complete 15 hours.

How do students choose Service Learning opportunities?
Click on Service Learning Calendar, Community-Based OpportunitiesSchool-Based Opportunities, and Service Learning News to learn about activities and organizations that meet the Service Learning Policy and Guidelines. If an agency or organization is not listed on these sites, students are encouraged to email the Service Learning Coordinator regarding any questions.  

How is Service Learning Credit Earned?
Students receive service learning hours for participating in activities that align with policy and guidelines.

How are Service Learning hours documented?
Students fill out and return an official Service Learning Documentation form. Completed forms are scanned and emailed directly to the Service Learning Coordinator ( Students may also take a photo and email the forms.

How many Service Learning Hours do I have?
Go to the Check Hours page to view recorded hours. Students must enter their student ID number to check their hours online. Students or parents may send an inquiry to the Coordinator ( 

Is the completion of the Service Learning requirement tied to privileges?
Yes, the Service Learning requirement must be met to be considered for a free period, parking space, or for off campus privileges. Please be pro-active about turning in forms in the Spring if you will be seeking privileges in August or September. It may take a month or more to process Summer packets once school begins in August.

Students should submit completed forms electronically to the Service Learning Coordinator ASP after the service has been completed.