Students are encouraged to engage in year-round service. Upper School students can earn hours towards their annual requirement beginning on June 1 each year. The summer serves as a time to catch up or get ahead of the service-hours requirement. Students are encouraged to complete all of their hours by the first day of school, usually around mid-August.
Service Hours Requirement
Upper School students are required to earn and report 25 hours annually as a graduation requirement. Out of the 25 hours per year, up to 10 may be earned within Shorecrest with approval from the Director. The limit of 10 hours also applies to Shorecrest Summer Programs - where students often serve as camp counselors, the theatre program, and student ambassadors/tour-guides for Admissions. Other programs may be approved on a case-by-case basis. The 100 community service hours required for graduation also count towards the requirement for the Florida Bright Futures scholarship program. Any questions about student hours and the requirement will be addressed by the Service Learning Director. Any arrangements for missing or make-up hours are made by the students with the Service Learning Director.
What is eligible as Service?
Students are encouraged to be engaged in direct, hands-on service to local, not-for-profit organizations that meet the needs of the underserved population of our community. Minimal fundraising activities are allowed, such as Relay For Life or the service club fundraisers that fund clubs' service work; however, the primary focus of the service learning program should be around direct, hands-on service.
Reporting Service Hours Earned
Opportunities to Serve
Students should report their service hours on shorecrest.org at the bottom of the For Students Page
using their school login, and should provide complete information on the organization served, dates and hours worked, description of work done, as well as contact information for the supervisor at the beneficiary organization. The Service Learning Director reviews and approves reported hours.
Information about opportunities to serve is shared with students through announcements, flyer postings, service club meetings and Ebytes. Service Clubs recruit new members at the Club & Service Sign-Up Day at the beginning of each school year. Service clubs meet twice a month and service activities are planned for weekends.
As part of the student activity and extracurricular experience at Shorecrest, on occasion, the school may charge a specific club fee for participating in a club or school activity in order to meet expenses associated with the work and mission of a club, organization or activity. Many times, these fees are mandated and set by the parent/charter national organization.
There are also fees associated with participating in the required Service Week. Every effort will be made to communicate verbally and in writing to the students and families before fees are charged to the student account, including the month of charge and fee amount. Service Week
Service Week is held during the week before Spring Break. Annual participation is mandatory and satisfactory completion each year is a graduation requirement. Students can expect to fulfill “most” (at least 15 hours) of their service requirement through participation in Service Week, but not all programs will fulfill the full 25-hour requirement. We expect students to find meaningful service opportunities during the school year. Failure to participate or satisfactorily complete the program will result in an additional 40 pre-approved community service hours to be completed by the student during the academic year.
Service Week programs are planned and shared with students in the fall. Students sign up for programs online in October. The required paperwork should be completed and families will be billed for applicable fees in November/December. International programs may have earlier deadlines for deposits, travel documents and other paperwork.
Service Week Billing
Families can expect to be billed for Service Week in early fall for international trips and November/December for local/national trips. All trips and local experiences will have specific deadlines and deposit/payment procedures. It is up to families and students to be aware of these deadlines. Some programs may require forfeiture of deposits or payments upon cancellation or changes.Shorecrest Statement on Zika