Service Learning

Service-learning is an essential component of the educational experience in Maryland. Students are required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of service-learning during their time in school. In Caroline County, students complete school-based projects during grades 3-9, and will complete some hours on their own through individual projects during their years in middle and high school. For more information on CCPS' Service Learning program, please click here. To download a copy of the Service Learning Implementation Plan Review, please click here.


All students in grades 6-12 who are completing individual projects, must download the Individual Project Approval/Verification form. Students must complete Part A and submit it to their service-learning coordinator at their school for pre-approval. No projects should be started until this step has been completed. Part B is to be completed after the project. It requires the signature of the community member who oversaw the project, as well as the student's reflection on the project. When selecting service-learning projects, students must adhere to the Maryland State Department of Education's guidelines for service-learning found here.


Service-Learning is not community service. This is a common misperception by many both inside and outside of education. Service-learning should be seen as an extension of the normal learning that takes place within the walls of the school. To gain a better perspective on "What is service-learning?" click here. In order to be called service-learning a project must meet Maryland's Seven Best Practices of Service Learning (1995):

  1. Meet a recognized need in the community
  2. Achieve curricular objectives through service-learning
  3. Reflect throughout the service-learning experience
  4. Develop student responsibility
  5. Establish community partnerships
  6. Plan ahead for service-learning
  7. Equip students with knowledge and skills needed for service.

A copy of the MSDE rubric for assessing quality service-learning can be found here.


If you have any questions regarding service-learning, please contact your school service-learning coordinator/school counselor. To email the contact, simply click on their name.

School Service-Learning Contact
DES Mrs. Christina Gorsuch
FES Ms. Veronica Hayes


Mrs. Colleen MacFarland

Mrs. Angela Webster

PES Mrs. LouJean Talbot
RES Ms. Lori Frisbee

Mrs. Jennifer Blunt

Mrs. Tricia Bolduc

LMS Grade 6

Ms. Kia McKinney

LMS Grade 7 Mrs. Ann Ferkler
LMS Grade 8 Mr. David Gibbons
CRHS Mr. Chad Shelly
CCTC Mr. Brad Plutschak
Central Office Mrs. Nicole Fisher