Community Service Guidelines
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.
Community service hours also appear on the new report card 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.
Download and learn more about volunteering and community service:
Websites to Find Service Opportunities:
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.
Please contact your high school counselor or community service coordinator for additional information and resources.