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Elk Grove USD  |  BP  6142.4  Instruction

Learning Through Community Service   

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Service Learning

The Board of Education recognizes that preparing each generation to understand and support democratic principles is the responsibility of our institutions. High quality service learning experiences provide students with opportunities to apply a standards-based curriculum in ways that address local school and community needs and show students that they can make a positive contribution to a community through involved citizenship. Research demonstrates that service learning can help students develop transferable skills, increase career exploration, and improve confidence as well as strengthen academic outcomes and civic education. These opportunities help students to recognize the relevance of what they are learning in school and can be designed to help develop cross-cultural relationships with the community.

The Board of Education affirms the importance of service learning as a vital part of the instructional program and supports service learning as an instructional strategy because it enables students to be confident, effective thinkers and problem solvers as well as ethical participants in society.

High quality service learning is defined as an innovative strategy in which students apply their content knowledge and skills to community service and includes:

1. Identifying and meeting a real community need

2. Integrating into and enhancing the standards-based curriculum

3. Coordinating with a community agency, another school or classroom, or the community at large

4. Helping foster civic responsibility

5. Providing structured time for reflection

The Board encourages each student to participate in at least one age-appropriate service learning activity at each grade span (PreK-6, 7-8, 9-12). The Board supports the integration of service learning into the curriculum and encourages staff and students to collaborate with local public and nonprofit agencies in order to develop service learning activities that meet educational objectives, address state adopted academic standards, and also fit the current community needs.

Parents/guardians shall receive information about the community service learning opportunities offered by schools and their benefits for both the community and the student.

The Board recommends that the Superintendent or designee develop a long-term plan to implement service learning in the district as an instructional strategy.

Legal References:


233.5 Duty re instruction in morals, manners and citizenship

35010 Control of District; prescription and enforcement of rules

35160 Authority of governing boards

35160.1 Broad authority of school districts

51210 Areas of study, grades 1 to 6

51220 Areas of study, grades 7 to 12

51745 Independent Study

60003 Power of Governing Board to select instructional materials

60000 Legislative intent for adoption and selection of quality instructional materials

60002 Involvement of teachers, parents, and members of the community in instructional materials selection

60003 Power of Governing Board to select instructional materials


12501-12682 National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993


Steirer et al v. Bethlehem Area School District, 3rd Cir. 1993 789 F.Supp. 1337 (E.D. Pa 1992) 987 F.2d 989


adopted: May 1, 2007 Elk Grove, California