Service Learning

Service Learning is an instructional method that fosters student learning and service to one’s community. Students apply knowledge and skills developed in the classroom to service opportunities in the community. In turn, the service experiences help create conditions for students to succeed in the classroom and in life.

Service Hour Requirements

Each member of the Class of 2021 is required to complete fifteen hours of service for the 2018–2019 school year. Seven of these hours must be completed and submitted by or before Friday, December 14, 2018. The last eight of these hours must be completed and submitted by or before Monday, April 29, 2019.

Each member of the Class of 2022 is required to complete ten hours of service for the 2018-2019 academic year. Five of these hours must be completed and submitted by or before Friday, December 14, 2018. The last five of these hours must be completed and submitted by or before Monday, April 29, 2019. Please see the chart below.

Class YearHours Required1st semester2nd semester
2021157 hours by or before 12/14/188 hours by or before 4/29/19
2022105 hours by or before 12/14/18 5 hours by or before 4/29/19

For the freshmen, Class of 2022, fulfillment of service hours may begin when the student begins the 2018 – 2019 school year at Villa Maria. For the Class of 2021, fulfillment of service hours may begin for the next school year once the hours for the current school year have been completed and submitted.

Service Hours – Grading and Submission

Each member of the Classes of 2021 and 2022 will receive a Complete or Incomplete for Service Learning on her report card. This grade will be included in PowerSchool. Service hours for transfer students will be prorated by the coordinator of Service and Social Justice.

Students who do not complete and submit service hours according to the requirements stated herein will be assigned to complete in-school service hours. If in-school service hours are not completed, the student will receive a grade of Incomplete on her report card for Service Learning and be referred to the administration of Villa Maria.

Reporting Service Hours

Villa Maria is using the x2VOL platform for the submission and recording of service opportunities. Students are responsible for submitting their own service hours to x2VOL according to the above-listed due dates.

Types of Service that Fulfill Service Requirements

  • Service opportunities sponsored by Service and Social Justice of Mission and Ministry, including the Villa Maria food garden; Crocheting, Chat, and Chew Club; Global Sisterhood Initiative; bi-monthly service at Good Samaritan Food Pantry (partner with Chester County Food Bank); monthly service at Cuddle My Kids, and various other service opportunities offered on a weekly basis
  • Service to the Villa Maria community sponsored through the Admissions Office, Campus Ministry, Outreach, the Director of Retreats, Advancement Office, and the school store
  • Service to the Church (local parish or diocese) including ushering, altar serving or teaching religious education classes
  • Coaching, mentoring, and tutoring (any non-family member)
  • Outside service opportunities that provide an opportunity for students to provide direct assistance to people who are socially or economically disadvantaged and marginalized, including service to the poor, the homeless, the disabled, the sick, the elderly, and the unborn and/or expectant mothers (any non-family member)

Types of Activities that Do Not Fulfill Service Requirements

  • Any work that includes a stipend
  • Travel time, unless it is directly connected to the service being performed
  • Help given to family or friends that does not provide an opportunity for the student to assist people who are socially or economically disadvantaged and marginalized
  • Hours from middle school or grade school

If a student is unsure that an outside service opportunity meets the service requirements, she must meet with the Director of Service and Social Justice. Students assume the risk for all service opportunities that are not approved, as the hours completed may not be counted.