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.
Community service hours must be performed through a 501(c)(3) organization or federal, state, or local agency and be properly documented to 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. Federal state 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 begin accruing up to 25 hours of community service at the start of 8th grade. These community service hours will be applicable toward their 100 required hours of community service for graduation as long as the hours are completed in alignment with this policy, the activity is approved by the student’s school, and the service is appropriately documented.
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Community partners interested in making opportunities available to students may email the Office of Student Affairs 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.
Download and learn more about volunteering and community service:
- DCPS Community Service Hours Verification Form
- DCPS Community Service Plan Form
- Student Guide to Community Service
Find Service Opportunities
- Student Affairs - Provides a list of community service opportunities
Service Partner Highlight
NeighborGood is a free, online District of Columbia-specific volunteer opportunity database and search engine. NeighborGood connects residents with meaningful District-based volunteer opportunities and connects community-based organizations and others with the city’s cadre of dedicated, experienced volunteers.
DCPS Students are required to participate in a minimum of 100 hours of community service in order to graduate. Community partners interested in making opportunities available to students may email the Office of Student Affairs at [email protected] or submit a request via this online form.