New Requirements for Service Learning
Did you know that service learning is a CPS requirement for graduation? A lot of students are unaware that they must complete classroom-based reflective service learning projects as a requirement to graduate. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) service learning requirement is transitioning from hours to classroom-based projects.
2020 Graduating Class & Beyond
As of the 2016-2017 school year, freshmen students are required to complete a minimum of two SL projects: one during freshmen year and junior year within their required Civic class.
In addition, there is a new component to SL titled “Volunteer Hours (VH)” which is for students who volunteer extensively within the community. Volunteer Hours are not included in CPS required graduation project hours. Instead, hours are recorded on the student’s transcript separately from service learning projects.
To receive credit for VH, pre-approval of the project is necessary, and students must complete the appropriate SL forms located at http://www.morganparkcps.org/. Submit forms to the schools' SL coach. VH is applicable to the 2020 graduating class, and beyond, ONLY.
2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 Graduating Classes
Because CPS is transitioning from SL hours to classroom-based SL projects, current sophomore, junior and senior students can complete hours and/or projects. For the graduating classes of 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 ONLY, students will earn service learning from the following options: one classroom-integrated service-learning project + 25 individual service hours or two classroom-integrated service-learning projects + 15 individual service hours
QuestionsPlease see your school counselor and/ or Ms. Gipson (Service Learning Coach) if you have questions. You also may visit http://cps.edu/ServiceLearning/Pages/ServiceLearning.aspx additional clarity, information regarding SL forms and CPS approved agencies.