Community Service


Completion of community service hours is not a requirement of the High School Portfolio or graduation; however, it is worth ten points towards your final High School Portfolio grade. Also, students who meet the community service requirement for their 9th/10th, 11th, and 12th grade will be recognized with a community service honor cord to be worn at graduation. Students must attend PGHS for three out of four years to be eligible to earn a cord, unless they provide proof of their completion of a minimum of 55 hours of community service completed at their prior school AND the hours must meet the PGHS community service definition.

Students must receive prior approval for their activity before completing it to ensure that it meets the established community service criteria.

Click here or scroll to the bottom of this window to access the Prior Approval Form. The Prior Approval Form is also located on this website on the homepage under Quick Links. Once students' hours are approved, he/she will receive a copy of their Prior Approval Form via email. Upon completion of their activity, students are required to get a signature from their supervisor and submit the form to their Advocacy teacher by the due date.You should receive a response within 7 days. If you do not receive a response or have questions about community service, please make an appointment with Ms. Shoop or Ms. Weiss, who are located in the VP Office.

Additionally, if you meet all of your Community Service Requirements, you will receive 10 points (full credit) on the 100 point Senior Portfolio grade. If you complete 2 of the 3 years, you will receive 6 points, and if you only complete 1 of the 3 years, you will still earn 3 out of 10 points on your final High School Portfolio grade


Community Service Definition:

Community Service is a non-remunerated activity (student cannot receive payment, credit, reward or other compensation

for service rendered) whereby a student provides a needed service that directly benefits our community through a

professional non-profit organization.

Community Service must take place during non-instructional hours.

*Hours completed for a family member do not count for community service.


Prior Approval Forms must be submitted within two weeks after the completion of an event. Remember, the idea behind the prior approval process is to submit your activity PRIOR to completing it to ensure that it meets the community service criteria. Prior Approval Forms submitted after the two week window will not be granted and your activity will not count towards the community service requirement.


The following organizations offer volunteer opportunities for youth. Contact them if you are interested in volunteering. All activities much be pre-approved in order to receive credit.

Click on the link to the left to see if the organization your are volunteering for is a non-profit organization.


Click here to view the Community Service Instructional Video


Grade Level Minimum Hour Requirement Due Date

9th & 10th grade 10 hours cumulative May 3, 2018

11th grade 20 hours May 3, 2018

12th grade 25 hours March 1, 2018


Remember, hours completed over the summer count towards your total for the next school year...

*Incoming 9th graders can complete community service hours during the summer prior to their freshman year as long as you receive prior approval through the online process.

Fill out Community Service Prior Approval form .

  • Community service hours are due on the above due date. Prior Approval Forms will not be accepted after the due date if students intend for them to count for the current school year.
  • Students must complete a total of 55 hours AND meet the hour requirement each year to be eligible for an honor cord to be worn during the graduation ceremony.
  • A student must be enrolled at PGHS for their 9th or 10th, 11th, and 12th grade years to be eligible for a honor cord to be worn during the graduation ceremony.

Click HERE to access the form