All Jones students must complete a required number of service learning projects to meet the CPS service learning graduation requirement. These projects will be completed through students’ academic coursework in the following classes:
Requirement for the Class of 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023
Two service learning projects are required for the Class of 2020 and beyond
Freshman Year: No project required
Sophomore Year: English II
Junior Year: Government or Civics course
Senior Year: No required course
If the student is not able to complete the service learning project through one of the classes mentioned above, please make sure they meet with Ms. Marchell Goins, one of the counselors at Jones and the school’s Service Learning Coordinator. She will work with the student to complete an alternative assignment.
Although earning volunteer hours is no longer a CPS graduation requirement, we strongly encourage it as it is something colleges may take into consideration when making an admissions decision. (These volunteer hours will appear on the student’s transcript.)
For students who complete external community service (i.e. community service outside of Jones), a letter from the organization needs to be submitted by the student in order to receive credit for volunteer hours. Evidence of students' volunteer hours must be written on an organization's letterhead and must include the following information: the student's name, dates of volunteer service, total number of volunteer hours, and the volunteer supervisor's contact information. A physical copy of this letter should be submitted to the student's respective counselor. This information will not be accepted via email. Students completing community service at Jones (i.e. internal community service), with a Jones teacher, coach, sponsor, or other staff member, should use the Jones service learning timesheet to submit evidence of their volunteer hours. This timesheet is located in the counseling office and at the bottom of the Service Learning page (please see below).
Each school year, the deadline for turning in summer service learning hours is September 30th. The deadline for any hours earned during 1st semester is January 24th and the deadline for any hours earned during 2nd semester is June 12th.
Please refer to the Service Learning page of the Student Handbook for more information. If you have questions please contact the student's counselor.
Volunteer opportunities in the Chicagoland area can be found by visiting the following links:
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