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Service Learning

Service Learning

The Service-Learning Graduation Requirement was passed in 1992 by the Maryland State Department of Education. This requirement mandates that public school students earn a minimum of 75 hours of service-learning prior to graduation.

Definition of Service-Learning

Service-Learning is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. Students improve their academic skills by applying what they learn in school to the real world; they then reflect on their experience to reinforce the link between their service and their learning (Definition provided by Learning In Deed).

Tips and Reminders

  • Reflection forms expire 1 year after the completion of the activity.  Forms turned in after 1 year expiration will not be approved.
  • Keep a copy of each reflection form that is submitted for approval.  Keeping a copy ensures that you also have a record of what you have done and can be used for various reasons, i.e. Portfolios, Applications, etc...
  • Please make sure reflection form is filled out completely except bottom portion.
  • Please return forms in a timely manner so hours can be reflected on the most recent Quarter Report Card. 

  • Forms turned in after June 5th may not be put into the system until the following school year.

  • Senior cutoff date for Service-Learning Awards is April 22, 2022.  Seniors must submit hours by May 1, 2022.  

  • Students need 55 Service-Learning hours to gain senior status.


Maryland Service-Learning Graduation Requirement

Service Learning Guidelines

Online Service Reflection Form

Service Learning From Home


What Counts as Service Learning? 

Lend a Hand:  A Guide to Service Learning


Community Service Learning Opportunities can be found in the Counseling office where Service Learning Reflection forms are kept.

If you have questions for concerns please contact Ms. Wendy Reitz, Service Learning Coordinator for MVH at or by calling 410-386-1674.