Student and Family Support and Engagement

Student Service Learning (SSL)

Student Service Learning Guide

The Student Service Learning Guide has important information for students and families, including how to find community organizations and SSL opportunities.

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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.

Summer 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


SSL Opportunities


SSL Forms


Contact Us

  • Student-specific SSL questions:
    Contact the school-based SSL Coordinator.

  • General questions about the program:
    Contact Mrs. Donna Kleffman at 240-740-4691 or Mrs. Shella Cherry at 240-740-4692.

  • Email:


News and Highlights

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.

More Information

Choose Respect Conference
It was a great day at the Choose Respect Conference with more than 500 people in attendance. To see who won the PSA contest and hear more about the conference:

2019 Choose Respect Montgomery Conference