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Community Service

Twenty hours of community service is a Milwaukee Public Schools graduation requirement option.

Why community service?Packing boxes at Feeding America

Young people who use their talents and skills to better their communities can

  • learn new skills and increase self-confidence,
  • explore career options and build a resume,
  • support causes they care about,
  • meet new people and have fun!

What qualifies as community service?

To meet the MPS graduation requirement,

  • service hours must take place outside of academic class time,
  • service must be completed through a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or local government agency (for example, school district, library, police department),
  • service must be completed under the supervision of an adult at the organization,
  • service may not be part of a criminal justice sanction,
  • you cannot be paid for your service.

How do I fulfill the requirement?

The Student Guide to Community Service for Graduation contains a Student To-Do List along with all necessary permission and tracking forms. It also contains suggestions for finding a community service experience that's right for you. 

Every high school has at least one staff member who serves as a community service advisor to students. Community service advisors assist students throughout the process of completing the 20 hours of community service needed to fulfill this graduation requirement option.


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Graduation Requirements

Learn more about the high school graduation requirements, which are new for students starting with the graduating class of 2015 in Milwaukee Public Schools. There is an overall minimum of 22 units required to graduate.

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