Community service is a critical component of the IDEA education, and instills the value of service to others in our scholars. Community service is required for all students at IDEA, every year, and scholars must have served for 100 hours in order to graduate. The experience of serving others in a variety of ways strengthens scholars' character, promotes empathy, builds leadership skills, and establishes in our scholars an understanding of how to serve and the desire to serve beyond high school and for the rest of their lives.
Please refer to the graduation requirements for specific community service requirements at IDEA. Specifically for promotion:
To be considered community service, an activity must be:
- To be promoted out of 9th grade, scholars must have completed 25 hours.
- To be promoted out of 10th grade, scholars must have completed 50 hours.
- To be promoted out of 11th grade, scholars must have completed 75 hours.
- Scholars must complete 100 hours by May 15 of their graduation year.
- Scholars may earn up to 20 hours of community service at IDEA-sponsored activities
- See grade-level deans for more details or if you have questions about community service requirements or activities.
- Performed for no pay
- Completed at a nonprofit institution, church, school, community center, library, hospital or other service-related organization
- Beneficial to at least one other person and the larger community
- Separate from a service activity for which the student is already receiving school credit or those mandated by a court or school disciplinary action.
Examples of activities that meet the community service definition include (but are not limited to):
- Working as a teacher’s aide or office assistant
- Shelving books in the library
- Working in any capacity at a nonprofit organization
- Cleaning up the school on a Saturday
- Tutoring younger children
- Organizing a drive for the collection of items including clothes, shoes, food, blankets, etc., for the benefit of those in need
- Reading to the elderly in nursing homes
- Restoring a park
- Volunteering at one’s church
- Helping at a local fire or police department
- Sorting food at a food bank
- Serving meals at a homeless shelter
- Volunteering as a peer tutor
Community Service Verification Form
This form should be completed by someone from the organization with which the scholar is volunteering. The scholar will then return the completed form to their grade level dean or the academic counselor. You can print this form or scholars can retrieve a hard copy from the front office, academic counselor, or grade level dean.