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    Service Learning Information

    Welcome to Ballard High School Service Learning

    Lindsay Squires is the Ballard High School Service Learning Coordinator. She can be reached at 206-252-1015. Lindsay meets with ninth graders 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 inside the Counseling Office with opportunities for service learning. 

    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.

    Service Learning Opportunities

     Possible Summer Service Learning Opportunities 

    Looking for more Service Learning opportunities? Try exploring these sites:
    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 was June 12 and students were awarded the Above and Beyond Service Learning award in the Academic Program. Visit the Senior Academic Awards Virtual Night page for more info. 

    Forms and Information