Outline of the state of Georgia

Community Service Education—Service Learning

Community Service Education—Service Learning

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

Georgia Compiled Rules & Regulations 160-1-4-.258 Georgia Learn and Serve Grant

(1) Purpose of Program. This grant is intended to promote service learning programs in local school districts for the purpose of reinforcing academic learning through hands-on community service activities.

(2) Terms and Conditions. Local programs are required to provide a minimum of a dollar-for-dollar match for funds received; this match can be cash or in-kind services. Documentation of the match is required as a part of annual reporting. In addition to the participation of the school, the active participation of at least one not-for-profit service-related organization is required for the receipt of an Academic Service Learning Grant. Each funded project will be required to document the process and products of their efforts. A portfolio documenting all the components of the project will be due at the end of funding.

(3) Eligible Recipients. Local units of administration, schools, and individual teachers may receive these grant funds.

(4) Criteria for Award. Applications are rated for the number of students involved in the program and the number of Quality Core Curriculum (QCC)/Georgia Performance Standard (GPS) links that the service program addresses.

(5) Directions and Deadlines for Applying. Applications are solicited statewide each school year, with mailing to system superintendents, curriculum directors, school principals, RESA directors, psychoeducation center directors, state school administrators, and directors of all previous Learn and Serve grant programs. The application is in the form of a brief outline that includes some budget information and indications of how service activities will be linked to specific QCC/GPS objectives. The due date for applications is established each year by the Department. Requests for information and applications should be submitted to the Georgia Learn and Serve Program, Education Support and Improvement, Georgia Department of Education, 1862 Twin Towers East, Atlanta, Georgia 30334.

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Georgia Compiled Rules & Regulations 160-4-2-.03 List of State-Funded K-8 Subjects and 9-12 Courses for Students Entering Ninth Grade Prior to 2008


State Funded Number State Funded Course Title CP


70.04 COMMUNITY SERVICE 70.04100 Community Service/Learning I Se e 70.04200 Community Service/Learning II Se e 70.04300 Community Service/Learning III Se e 70.04400 Community Service/Learning IV Se e T/CP

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Georgia Compiled Rules & Regulations 160-4-2-.36 High School Graduation Requirements for Students Enrolling in the Ninth Grade in the 1995-96 School Year and Subsequent Years

(1) Purpose. This rule specifies programs of study that shall be offered by local boards of educations and lists specific courses that meet core, required or elective credits for students. This rule becomes effective for students enrolling in the ninth-grade for the first time in the 1995-96 school year and for subsequent years.

[...] Any of the courses may be used to satisfy the elective unit requirements. 70.04 COMMUNITY SERVICE
70.041 Community Service.

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Georgia Compiled Rules & Regulations 160-4-8-.09 Student Advisement


  • *(l) Service learning**- a teaching method in which guided or classroom learning is deepened through service to others in a process that provides structured time for reflection on the service experience and demonstration of the skills and knowledge acquired.


  • (a) Each local education agency (LEA) shall provide students in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades counseling, advisement, career exploration, career interest inventories, and information to assist them evaluating academic skills and career interests.
  • (b) Each LEA shall ensure that each student develops an individual graduation plan before the end of the second semester of the eighth grade. The individual graduation plan shall be developed in consultation with the student's parents, guardians, or individuals appointed by the student's parents or guardians to serve as their designee.
  • (c) Each LEA shall provide guidance, advisement, and counseling to each high school student that will enable the student to successfully complete his or her individual graduation plan and prepare him or her for a seamless transition to postsecondary study, further training, or employment.
  • (d) Each student's individual graduation plan shall:
    1. Include experience-based career oriented learning experiences, which may include but not be limited to, internships, apprenticeships, mentoring, cooperative education, and service learning
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