Student Service Learning

  • Student Service Learning Logo OVERVIEW

    Beginning July 1, 2017, we will only approve SSL hours for the current school year (July 1 to June 30) A good tip is to log your SSL hours monthly!

    Before beginning an independent SSL project - stop by and talk to your school counselor to be sure it is eligible for SSL hours. You can check out the MD non-profit database:

    Also, visit the United Way Get Connected at for more volunteer ideas.




    Maryland Public Schools engage their students in service learning experiences to help students become active participants in making a difference in their community on a local and global level.

    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.

    Annually, approximately 55,00 students graduate from Maryland public schools, and each graduation class represents approximately 4 million hours of service that have been provided to the community to address needs such as hunger, homelessness, environmental issues, and discrimination. These experiences allow students to have a “hands-on”approach to apply core curricular goals into real community issues.