District of Columbia - Community Service Education/ Service Learning: Programs or Services

Programs And Services
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State law requires districts to implement community service education or service learning programs, orencourages and offers student incentives for participation (e.g., recognition programs or course credit).

District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 2203 ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

2203.2 At the beginning of the ninth (9 [th]) grade, students shall develop a graduation plan pacing the courses they will take to complete high school. This shall be done with the assistance of the school counselor or other school official designated by the local education agency (LEA).

(a) A total of twenty-four (24) Carnegie Units in corresponding subjects and required volunteer community service hours shall have been satisfactorily completed for graduation.

(b) The following Carnegie Units in the following subjects shall be required:

Courses Unit(s)
English 4.0
Mathematics; must include Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra II at a minimum 4.0
Science; must include three (3) lab sciences 4.0
Social Studies; must include World History 1 and 2, United States History; United States Government, and District of Columbia History 4.0
World Language 2.0
Art 0.5
Music 0.5
Physical Education/Health 1.5
Electives 3.5
Total 24.0

(c) At least two (2) of the twenty four (24) Carnegie Units for graduation must include a College Level or Career Preparatory (CLCP) course approved by the LEA and successfully completed by the student. The course may fulfill subject matter or elective unit requirements as deemed appropriate by the LEA. CLCP courses approved by the LEA may include courses at other institutions.

(d) All students must enroll in Algebra I no later than tenth (10 [th]) grade commencing with the 2016-2017 school year, unless the school is approved for a waiver pursuant to Subsection 2203.7.

(e) For all students entering the ninth (9 [th]) grade beginning school year 2009-2010, one (1) of the three (3) lab science units, required by paragraph (a) of this subsection, shall be a course in Biology.

(f) In addition to the twenty-four (24) Carnegie Units, one hundred (100) hours of volunteer community service shall be satisfactorily completed. The specific volunteer community service projects shall be established by the LEA.

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