The District of Columbia was one of the first large urban school districts in the country to include community service as a graduation requirement. The community service requirement aims to equip students with the necessary skills and abilities for career and educational advancement as well as motivate students to take an active role as leaders in their communities.
DC Municipal Regulations require at least 100 hours of volunteer community service in order for students to graduate.
Students must complete community service hours through a 501(c)(3) organization or a federal, state, or local agency. Students must also properly document their community service hours by submitting a signed, complete community service form to earn community service hours that count towards the graduation requirement.
501(c)(3) organizations are tax-exempt charitable organizations that apply for and meet requirements set by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Federal or local government agencies are any agencies that provide some regulatory service or enforcement and are responsible for the oversight and administration of a specific government function.
Validated community service hours that are turned into the school, will appear on the report cards and progress reports (high school only). This feature provides students and parents with up-to-date information regarding the hours that are currently on file at their school. It also indicates when a student is “off track” on their hours. Please contact your school counselor for additional information regarding earning community service hours.
Students can earn up to 25 hours of community service at the start of eighth grade. These community service hours will count toward their 100 required hours of community service for graduation. Eighth grade students must complete community service projects that align with DCPS policy, seek approval from the student’s school, and properly document all community service hours.
If DCPS staff members have additional questions about community service, please review the FAQ for staff[PDF].
Have a great community service opportunity? Contact us.
Community partners interested in sharing community service opportunities with DCPS students should email the School Counseling Team at [email protected] or submit a request via this online form. All community service opportunities must come from or partner with a 501(c)(3) organization, federal, state, or local government agency.
If your organization has additional questions about community service, please review the FAQ for organizations[PDF].
Download and learn more about volunteering and community service:
- DCPS Community Service Hours Verification Form[PDF]
- Community Service FAQs for Students and Families
- Student Guide to Community Service
Find Virtual Community Service Opportunities
Students and families can access current virtual community service projects here.