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    Service Learning Requirement

    Seattle Public Schools requires all high school students to complete 60 hours of service learning in order to graduate. This requirement cannot be waived. Service learning is volunteering, giving time without pay, to a non-profit or government agency. Service learning allows students to learn and to apply academic, social and personal skills through real life, hands-on activities. Students are asked to reflect and report on their experiences.

    Students can complete their 60 hours of service learning any time prior to graduation, including during summers. Students can begin counting hours toward the service learning requirement beginning September 1 of their ninth grade year. Students who transfer to Ingraham from out of district must complete 15 hours for each year they are enrolled in a Seattle public high school. Seniors need to have completed their 60 hours by the middle of May prior to graduation.

    To document completed service learning hours, students should complete both pages of the Service Learning Agreement Form make a copy to keep for their records, and turn in the completed form to their school counselor. Forms are also available in the Counseling Office.

    Students may count as service learning any activity for which they do not earn school credit or get paid. The form does require them to reflect in writing on why they chose a certain activity and what they learned from that activity. If you or your student has questions about the service learning requirements, please contact your student’s school counselor. For more information about service learning, see the SPS district information at:

    New Service Learning Opportunities! 

    Ten Thousand Villages is a Fair Trade, non-profit retail store that is run almost entirely by volunteers.  We are located on Roosevelt Way and 65th Street. This is a unique environment for volunteering as a high school student because of the combination of community service and skill-building for future paid work.  Our volunteers contribute in many ways, including running the register, educating staff and customers about the artisans that make our products, visual merchandising, inventory, special events, marketing, and more.

    Try these links for more opportunities to get your Service Learning hours:

    United Way
    Solid Ground
    Green Seattle Partnership
    King County Parks
    Volunteers for Outdoor Washington
    Linking Opportunity