Community Service Graduation Requirement
Beginning with the Class of 2017, students are required to complete 20 hours of community service as part of their high school graduation requirements.
- The project may be completed through participation in school activities (e.g., National Honor Society, Key Club, athletic teams, etc.) as well as other acceptable community activities.
- Community service hours are typically completed outside of school time. Additionally, the work must be voluntary in nature and not tied to any class assignment or pay received for doing a job.
- It is recommended that the community service be related to the student’s career exploration or to a cause about which the student feels passionate.
- Community service projects must be signed by an adult who has supervised the project.
- In addition to completing the 20 hours, students must also respond to Reflection Questions.
- Forms to track your Community Service participation and reflect on the service are located in the Career Center.
- Once the form has been completed and you have answered the reflection questions, upload it to Canvas.
Earn a Superintendent’s Certificate of Merit!
A Certificate of Merit will be issued to high school students meeting the requirements below. This recognition is designed to honor those students who demonstrate a deep commitment to serving their community by going far above and beyond the graduation requirement for community service.
- A bronze-level designation on the certificate is earned for completing 80-99 hours of community service.
- A silver-level designation on the certificate is earned for completing 100-119 hours of community service.
- A gold-level designation on the certificate is earned for completing 120+ hours of community service.
Do I need to do all 20 hours of community service at once, or can I do a few hours at a time?
Feel free to do a few hours at a time. Complete and turn in the Community Service Time Log form at any point that you have completed hours. You do not need to wait until you have completed all 20. We are happy to record your progress as you go!
I have to do community service hours for my class as an assignment (for example, Health). Can I also use those hours for my graduation requirement?
No, if it’s a class assignment, you cannot count those hours as a part of this graduation requirement. However, let’s say you only need to do 6 hours of community service for your class, but you end up volunteering for 10 total hours. You may certainly use the extra 4 hours of service for this graduation requirement. Just remember to record your hours and submit the form to the Counseling Office.
Am I limited to only volunteering at school, or can I volunteer with any organization?
You can volunteer with any organization. If you need ideas for where to volunteer your time, there will be a list posted in the Career Center. Also, you can talk to your teachers or school counselors.
I participate in a school club, and as a part of our club we perform community service. Can that count?
Yes! Community service may be completed through participation in school activities (e.g., National Honor Society, Key Club, athletic teams, etc.) as well as other acceptable community activities.
I am a Freshman, but I completed some community service hours when I was in 8thgrade. Can I use those hours?
Sorry, no. The 20 hours of community service must be completed while you are a high school student.
However, if you completed hours the summer immediately after you finished 8th grade, you CAN use those hours toward this graduation requirement.
Why do I have to do this as a part of my diploma?
The Renton School District School Board made this change to the graduation requirements for the class of 2017 and beyond.
Check Career Center for volunteer opportunities.