A teaching and learning methodology that connects classroom curriculum with community issues and needs, service learning engages students in projects that serve the community and build their social and academic capacities.
- CPS requires 40 service learning hours to graduate; at the end of every school year Wells requires all students to participate in Wells Community Days to earn hours.
For the graduating class of 2020 and beyond (incoming Freshman of 2016-2017 SY) schools can choose among the following:
- One service-learning project in Civics or AP Government Course + One classroom-integrated service-learning project (in any additional course)
- One service-learning project in Civics or AP Government Course + One independent service-learning project
- Many teachers conduct service-learning projects with their classes; it is the student’s responsibility to make sure it is reported to the Counselor’s Office in a timely manner.
- If you choose to complete a project outside of school:
- You must first complete a Service Learning Agreement and have it approved by one of the Service Learning coaches.
- Keep track of your time on the SL Time Sheet.
- When you finish your project, turn the SL Time Sheet into one of the coaches .and submit a one-page type reflection of your experience.
- For Service Learning projects and agencies, visit: http://servicelearning.cps.edu or visit Mr. Horton in room 115 (email@example.com).
Students must get approval from the Service-Learning Coach at their school prior to beginning the project. Students who participate in service-learning projects that have not been approved or do not meet service-learning criteria will not receive credit toward graduation.
If you are working on your own to complete your service-learning project, be sure that you do not:
- Receive money for your work;
- Serve when no academic objective is addressed;
- Promote a specific faith or religion;
- Work for a for-profit business (even if you receive no money)