Service-learning is an essential component of the educational experience in Maryland. Students are required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of service-learning during their time in school. In Caroline County, students complete school-based projects during grades 3-9. In middle and high school, students complete some hours on their own through individual projects.
All students in grades 6-12 who are undertaking individual projects must complete the Service Learning Approval/Verification Form.
- Part One must be completed prior to beginning the project. Students should submit it to the service-learning coordinator at their school for pre-approval.
- Part Two is to be completed after the project, and requires the signature of the community member who oversaw the project, as well as the student's reflection on the experience.
When selecting service-learning projects, students must adhere to the Maryland State Department of Education's service-learning guidelines. In order to be called service-learning, a project must meet Maryland's Seven Best Practices of Service Learning (1995):
- Meet a recognized need in the community
- Achieve curricular objectives through service-learning
- Reflect throughout the service-learning experience
- Develop student responsibility
- Establish community partnerships
- Plan ahead for service-learning
- Equip students with knowledge and skills needed for service
To gain a better perspective on service-learning, please view the video To Learn & Serve and see the MSDE rubric for assessing quality service learning.
Please contact your school service-learning coordinator/school counselor for assistance with service learning or to learn about service learning opportunities.