Service Learning

Service Learning Information

Grayce Mitchell is our Service Learning Coordinator. She is on campus two-three days per week in the Counseling Office or can be reached at 206-252-1015. She meets with every ninth grader in health class to help them find options that suit their interests, and she also meets with upperclassmen throughout the year. She also maintains a Service Learning Bulletin Board outside the Counseling Office where she posts opportunities for service learning.

One of the graduation requirements for the Seattle School District is 60 hours of service learning. Service learning is giving time, without pay, to a non-profit or government agency. Service learning allows students to learn and to apply academic, social and personal skills through real life, hands-on activities. Students make a difference and address authentic community needs.

Please Note: Students may fulfill up to 15 hours of their Service Learning graduation requirement during the summer between 8th and 9th grade as long as it meets the criteria set by the school.  Any hours completed during the summers between 9th and 10 grade and also 10th and 11th grade that meet the Service Learning requirement can be counted toward the 60-hour graduation requirement. 

Current Month Service Learning Opportunities

April 2017 Service Learning Opportunities pdf icon | Available to pick up in the Counseling Center too!

Information and FAQs

Important Service Learning Reminders: Service Learning involves learning, benefiting the community and a written reflection.  Service Learning must be done at a non-profit or governmental organization, the work must be unpaid, and your supervisors must be an adult. If you have any questions, see the Service Learning Coordinator or your Counselor before you start your Service Learning.  

  • Who can sign my Service Learning Documentation Form?  A supervisor or site contact from a non-profit or governmental organization must sign your Service Learning Documentation Form.   A family member or peer cannot sign your Service Form.  
  • Where do I turn in my Service Hours Documentation?    Fully completed Service Learning Documentation should be turned in to the Ballard Counseling Office.  Be sure to attach a Service Learning Documentation Form to any paperwork (for example, letters, certificates) that you might be given as well during your Service Learning.
  • When is the Service Hours Documentation due for Seniors to earn the Above and Beyond Service Learning Award (240 or more hours)?  Fully completed Service Hours Documentation is due to the Counseling Office on June 1st in order to qualify for the award. If students already have 240 or more hours turned in to the counseling office, they do not need to do anything else in order to receive the award.  The awards will be handed out at Awards Night.  If you cannot attend the Awards Night, you can pick up your medallion sometime after Awards Night from the counseling secretary, Carol Bristol.   Students can wear the Above and Beyond Service Learning medallion at their graduation.
  • When is the Senior Service Hours Documentation due for Graduation?   Fully completed Service Hours Documentation is due to the Counseling Office on June 1st for graduation requirements. Graduation requirements for Seattle Public Schools is 60 hours of Service Learning.

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