From 2000 to 2011, support for student participation in community service increased in King County school districts.
The ethic of service – giving our time and talents to help others and benefit the common good – develops within families and is often reinforced in schools. Since 2000, Communities Count has surveyed King County school districts to learn how they encourage students to participate in community service.
18 of King County’s 19 school districts responded to Communities Count’s request for information in 2011. Of these, only 1 neither encouraged nor required community service in their middle and/or high schools. All remaining districts had some kind of community service program in high school, and 9 extended these programs to middle schools.
- Since 2000, higher proportions of King County school districts require community service for graduation (11% in 2000 vs. 56% in 2011) and encourage service learning (40% in 2000 vs. 67% in 2011).
- Although the proportion of districts offering high school credit for extracurricular service increased over the decade, they have not supported these trends with policies that allow use of class time for community service.