Student and Family Support and Engagement

Student Service Learning (SSL)


Student Service Learning Essentials

Information for students and families, including how to find community organizations and SSL opportunities.

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New2 How to check your SSL hours on MyMCPS portal

How can MCPS students earn SSL hours?

Systemwide Documentation and Award Timelines

Time Frame of Service Documentation Due Date
Service completed during the summer September 27, 2019
Service completed during the summer and 1st semester January 3, 2020
Service completed during the summer, 1st semester, and 2nd semester June 5, 2020
Award Documentation Due Date
Documentation that qualifies seniors for Certificates of Meritorious Service April 3, 2020
Documentation that qualifies middle school students for the Superintendent’s SSL Award. This award is given to students who meet the 75 hour graduation requirement during middle school and is only awarded once. April 3, 2020

All SSL Forms for service completed any time during the current school year and the summer before the current school year are REQUIRED to be submitted to the school SSL coordinator no later than the first Friday in June.

SSL Pre-Approval Requests

Nonprofit organizations that are not identified with a graduation cap graduation cap on the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) website require pre-approval.

The MCPS Form 560-50, Individual Student Service Learning Request, must be submitted and approved by the school-based SSL Coordinator in advance of service. All pre-approval requests must be submitted in a timely manner. There is a two-week allowance for school-based SSL Coordinators to review the request for approval or denial based on compliance with MCPS SSL Program. During the summer break, requests can be scanned and emailed to


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News and Highlights

MLK week 2020

MLK Week of Service: Celebrating the Dream


MLK Week of Service is January 19 - 25
MCPS recognizes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a week of service projects in our schools. Service learning opportunities promote character education and empathy, an MCPS Be Well 365 essential.

On January 20th, "MLK DAY of Service: A Day On, Not A Day Off," individuals can participate in service opportunities during the MLK holiday away from school. Students can sign up to volunteer at the Montgomery County Volunteer Center.

Schools hosting service projects, can view the MLK Week Planning Tool for additional resources, suggestions, and support.


Choose Respect PSA Contest: Raising Awareness about Teen Dating Violence


Choose Respect PSA Contest
Attention Middle and High School Students! Are you looking for an opportunity to display your creativity? Would you like to win up to $1,000? The Choose Respect PSA video contest is now OPEN! Create an original 50-70 second video to help raise awareness about the prevalence of teen dating violence. Submission deadline is Friday, February 28, 2020. First place video is awarded $1,000!

2020 Choose Respect PSA Contest Information 

Drive for Supplies
Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2019 Drive for Supplies program a huge success! Ninety-one schools participated to support numerous families and community organizations that serve children in need. This year, students collected 14,478 pounds of supplies! Over the past 20 years, the annual program has helped save over 102 tons of material from the landfills.

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