Connecting Classrooms With the Community
Service learning is a teaching method designed to involve students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities.
Service learning makes connections between the classroom and the community and provides structured time for students to reflect on their service experiences. It is intended to instill a sense of civic responsibility by encouraging students to assess their impact on the community as active contributors to society. Service Learning is a Work-Based Learning experience as it provides students with Career Exploration opportunities and supports students with developing career interests.
FCPS is documenting the successful completion of service learning projects for students in grades 6, 8, and 12.
- Grade 6: 5 hours
- Grades 7 and 8: 15 hours
- Grades 9–12: Students should complete 10 service hours per year for a total of 40 hours. Students may choose to complete 50+ hours to qualify for the Virginia Board of Education diploma seal for excellence in civics education or the excellence in science and the environment. See Virginia Department of Education for criteria.
Modifications to Service Learning Cord Criteria for the Class of 2022 due to Pandemic Challenges
- Class of 2022 seniors who accumulate 20 hours or more of service learning are qualified to receive an FCPS service learning cord as a special recognition at graduation.
- It is important to note that this 50% reduction in service hour criteria for the service learning cord is for high school seniors graduating in 2022.
- The service learning cord criteria remains unchanged for future graduating class cohorts.
Elements of Service Learning
Connects with Curriculum
x2VOL is the tool that FCPS middle and high schools use to support students with finding, tracking, and verifying service hours electronically. x2VOL helps Non-Profits connect with volunteers
Local Volunteer Resources
Fairfax County Government Agencies
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