Students who participate in volunteer activities and maintain high academic standards may be eligible for a diploma seal to recognize his or her achievement. Accumulation of community service activities are counted toward the Civic Seal in Middle School.
The Board of Education’s Excellence in Civics Education Seal is awarded to students who meet each of the four criteria:
- Satisfy the requirement to earn a Standard Diploma or an Advanced Studies Diploma.
- Complete Virginia and United States History and Virginia and United States Government classes with a grade of B or higher.
- Complete 50 hours of voluntary participation in community service or extracurricular activities, such as volunteering for a charitable or religious organization that provides services to the poor, sick, or less fortunate; participating in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or similar youth organizations; participating in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC); participating in political campaigns, government internships, Boys’ State, Girls’ State or Model General Assembly; and participating in school-sponsored extracurricular activities that have a civics focus. Any student who enlists in the United States Military prior to graduation will be deemed to have met this community service requirement.
- Have good attendance and no disciplinary infractions as determined by local school board policies.
Documentation of service activities are to be kept on a volunteer log and hours are to be verified by the event sponsor that denotes the event, date, and hours served. The volunteer log should be submitted to the Social Studies Department Chair by June 1 of each school year.