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    Service Learning Information

    Welcome to Ballard High School Service Learning

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    Get Out The Vote *Online opportunity | Websites:, | These organizations are aimed at increasing voter turnout close to election season. You can complete tasks from home with access to a computer and the internet. *For these opportunities ONLY, it is acceptable for a parent/guardian to sign off on volunteer hours.

    Calling all Changemakers! Apply now for the 2021 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards | Are you a high school student making a difference through volunteering? Apply today for national recognition, a scholarship and an invitation to the program's national recognition events!  The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.  Application Deadline is November 10, 2020Visit the Prudential website for more details. 

    Service Learning Coordinator

    The Service Learning Coordinator Lindsay Squires can be reached at: updates and maintains the monthly Service Learning Opportunities for students. In addition she is available to help students find options that suit their interests. 

    Service Learning Requirements
    One of the graduation requirements for Seattle Public Schools 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 hands on activities. Students make a difference and address authentic community needs. As part of service learning, students are asked to reflect and report on their experiences.

    Summer hours that your student completes that meet the service-learning requirement can be counted toward the 60-hour graduation requirement, except for incoming freshmen who can claim only 15 service learning hours in the summer before they start at Ballard HS

    Special recognition is given to students who have acquired 240 hours of service learning in their 4 years at Ballard High School. They will be recognized at the Senior Academic Awards Night.

    It is possible the 60 hour requirement will be waived for seniors graduating in 2021. We will update Service Learning graduation information as it becomes available.

    Service Learning Opportunities

     Current Service Learning Opportunities

    Looking for more Service Learning opportunities? Try exploring these sites:
    EarthCorps Seattle Parks and Recreation
    EventBrite volunteer events
    Volunteer Match Seattle (Need To Create An Account)
    Phinney Neighborhood Association

    Disclaimer: BHS only shares these postings and does not endorse any of these businesses.

    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 can be emailed to the Ms. Bristol at Be sure to attach your completed Service Learning Documentation Form (both sides) and attach any paperwork (letters, certificates, etc) given during your Service Learning and make sure paperwork is signed.
    • When is the Service Hours Documentation due for Seniors to earn the Above and Beyond Service Learning Award (240 or more hours)?  If students already have 240 or more hours turned in, they do not need to do anything else in order to receive the award. Hours beyond the required 60 do not appear on The Source. To keep track of service hours beyond 60, contact Ms. Bristol in the counseling office at, or 206-252-1014.

    • When is the Academic Awards Night? The Academic Awards Night is typically in June and students were awarded the Above and Beyond Service Learning award in the Academic Program.  
    • When is the Graduation Ceremony? The Ballard High School Graduation Ceremony for 2021 info posted soon!  

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