SERVICE-LEARNINGQueen Anne’s County Public Schools promotes high-quality service-learning experiences for all students to help them become active participants in making a difference in their community on a local and global level. Service-Learning combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. Students improve their academic skills by applying what they learn in school to the real world; then they then reflect on their experience to reinforce the link between their service and their learning. Successfully completing 75 hours of service-learning is a Maryland State Department of Education graduation requirement.
Our service-learning is tracked through the completion of five total projects which adds up to the minimum requirement of 75 hours. Service-learning experiences are introduced to students beginning in 4th grade. Our 4th and 5th grade elementary service-learning experiences total a minimum of 15 hours and count as one completed service-learning project. During 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, students work to complete 3 additional service-learning project (one each year) within at least one of their content classes to provide service that is beneficial to their local community. These 3 middle school projects satisfy a minimum of 45 additional hours. Students who began service-learning in 4th grade can enter high school with four completed projects that equates to a minimum of 60 service-learning hours.
In high school, students complete at least one more project (a minimum of 15 more hours), in order to complete at least 5 service-learning projects within Queen Anne's County Public Schools (for a total of 75 hours minimum) that incorporate academic preparation and structured reflection to satisfy the Maryland State Department of Education graduation requirement. For more information about the high-quality service-learning in Queen Anne's County Public Schools, contact your local school's Service-Learning Coordinator.
All students who transfer into our system from another Maryland public school are required to either show proof of satisfactory service-learning from their previous school, or complete our five required service-learning projects, that can be planned jointly by the student with their school-based Service-Learning Coordinator. Students who transfer into QACPS from either a private school or from out of state need to contact the Service-Learning Coordinator at their school.All service-learning experiences should meet all of the Maryland's Seven Best Practices of Service-Learning. These best practices expand on the fundamental preparation, action and reflection stages of service-learning and should be used to assess high-quality projects and can be found here:
Last Modified on November 22, 2019