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    Service Learning Information

    Grayce Mitchell gamitchell@seattleschools.org 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.

    Grayce 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 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 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 High School.

    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.


    September 2018 Service Learning Opportunities 

    September 2018 Service Learning Opportunities

    Service Learning printouts are available in the Counseling Center and outside the Main Office too!


    Reminders 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 TBA 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 the Senior Academic 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 TBA for graduation requirements. Graduation requirements for Seattle Public Schools is 60 hours of Service Learning.

    Forms and Information Links



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