Georgia - Community Service Education/ Service Learning: Programs or Services

Programs And Services
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State regulation 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).

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

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70.041 Community Service I
70.042 Community ServiceII
70.043 Community Service III
70.044 Community ServiceIV

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 Standards (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.

160-4-8-.09 Student Advisement

 Each student's individual graduation plan shall:

1.  Include rigorous academic core subjects and focused course work in mathematics and science or in humanities, fine arts, and foreign language or sequenced career pathway coursework;
2.  Incorporate provisions of a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP), where applicable;
3.  Align educational and broad career goals and the student's course of study;
4.  Be based on the student's selected academic and career focus area as approved by the student's parent or guardian;
5.  Include experience-based career oriented learning experiences, which may include but not be limited to, internships, apprenticeships, mentoring, cooperative education, and service learning;
6.  Include opportunities for postsecondary studies through articulation, dual enrollment, and joint enrollment;
7.  Allow flexibility to change the course of study but remain sufficiently structured to meet graduation requirements and qualify the student for admission to postsecondary education;
8.  Be approved by the student and the student's parent or guardian with guidance from the student's school counselor or teacher advisor; and
9.  Be reviewed and revised, if appropriate, upon approval by the student and the student's parent or guardian with guidance from the student's school counselor or teacher advisor.
(e)  An individual graduation plan may be changed at any time throughout a student's high school career upon approval by the student and the student's parent or guardian with guidance from the student's school or teacher advisor.

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