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 twenty hours of service for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Ten of these hours must be completed and submitted by or before December 13, 2019. The last ten of these hours must be completed and submitted by or before May 1, 2020.

Each member of the Class of 2022 is required to complete fifteen hours of service for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. Eight of these hours must be completed and submitted by or before December 13, 2019. The last seven of these hours must be completed and submitted by or before May 1, 2020. Please see the chart below.

Each member of the Class of 2023 is required to complete ten hours of service for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. Five of these hours must be completed and submitted by or before December 13, 2019. The last five of these hours must be completed and submitted by or before May 1, 2020.

Class YearHours Required1st semester2nd semester
20212010 hours by or before 12/13/1910 hours by or before 5/1/20
2022158 hours by or before 12/13/197 hours by or before 5/1/20
2023105 hours by or before 12/13/195 hours by or before 5/1/20

For the freshmen, Class of 2023, fulfillment of service hours may begin when the student begins the 2019 – 2020 school year at Villa Maria. For the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2022, 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 Class of 2021, 2022, and 2023 will receive a PASS or FAIL for Service Learning on her final report card and this will be included in PowerSchool. Each member of the Class of 2021, 2022, 2023 will receive a PASS, INCOMPLETE, or FAIL for service learning on her semester one report card and this will be included in PowerSchool.

Service hours for transfer students will be prorated by the Director of Service and Social Justice.

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 and ensuring that their service hours are verified by their service contact according to the above-listed due dates. Verification of service hours may only be done by a direct sponsor or moderator of the service opportunity.

Types of Service that Fulfill Service Requirements

  • Service opportunities sponsored by Mission and Ministry such as 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, the Director of Retreats, Advancement Office, Athletics Office, and the school store
  • Service at a church (local parish or diocese) including ushering, altar serving or teaching religious education classes (altar serving at Villa Maria does not count towards service hours requirements)
  • Coaching, mentoring, and tutoring (any non-family member)
  • Outside service opportunities which 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)
  • Service at a nonprofit organization which meets the above-stated service hour requirements.

Types of Activities that Do Not Fulfill Service Requirements

  • Any work which 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 student to assist people who are socially or economically disadvantaged and marginalized
  • Hours from middle school or grade school
  • Babysitting for family or a friend
  • Altar serving at Villa Maria Academy
  • Work at a for profit entity or organization
  • A student may only earn 3 hours of service from baking activities which meet the previously stated requirements

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 which are not approved as the hours completed may not be counted.

Participation in Activities

Ordinarily, no student may participate in any school-related activity, including activities sponsored by other schools, unless she has completed her service hour requirements (which include the verification of service hours by the service contact) by the published due dates. Activities involved include — but are not limited to — dances, field trips, athletic competitions, musical performances, and honors convocations.