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Community Service

Career Center
Open: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM-3:30 PM
Community Service Hours:
  • [1] All students can submit volunteer hours two times a year. 
  • [2] Once the student has turned in hours for a specific time period he/she may not add any additional hours to that time period.
  • [3] Any signatures not verified by the non-profit agency will not be accepted.


  • To receive a high school diploma, a minimum of 60 hours must be completed and turned into the Career Center 14 days before graduation day
  • A minimum of 200 hours must be completed to receive the Community Service Excellence Award and turned into the Career Center 28 days before the Senior Awards Ceremony.

Community Service Guidelines:
  • It must be a safe activity directed by a non-profit organization (those with a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt I.D. number from the IRS).
  • It must be a service for which you are not paid or otherwise given credit.
  • The agency or organization may not profit monetarily from your service.
  • Volunteer Activities which currently do not appear on the Pre-Approved Community Service Opportunities List require approval by a Community Service Coordinator or SMHS Administrator.
  • Community Service maximum hour-per-day guidelines shall be aligned with the CA labor laws specifying that a minor may not work (and receive credit) for more than 8 hours per day.
  • Students may not receive community service credit for volunteer work in private homes due to safety and liability issues.
  • A non-profit supervisor may not sign for hours performed by their own child.