Service Hours - Students

Heart & Hands


One of the graduation requirements for Seattle Public Schools is *60 hours of Service Learning. Service learning is giving time, without pay, to a non-profit or government agency. Service learning allows students to learn and to apply academic, social and personal skills through activities. Students make a difference and address authentic community needs. As part of service learning, students are asked to reflect and report on their experiences. 


This space will share opportunities for service hours through our non-profit Ballard Performing Arts Boosters and BHS in general. We’ll answer questions about how BPA students can collect these hours, and who can sign off on the hours for credit. If you have questions that are not answered here, please email BPA Coordinator: Jill Hansen


Your student can use the summer to complete and meet the 60-hour service-learning requirements. The exception is for incoming freshmen. Incoming freshmen can claim only 15 service learning hours in the summer before they start at Ballard HS. Please visit the Ballard HS Service Learning page for school updates and information for Ballard HS students.

*Even during the quarantine and pandemic, 60 hours is still required for all classes. Students should only participate in an opportunity they feel is safe to them. UPDATE: For the class of 2021 the School board has approved a motion to remove the 60-hour requirement for graduating seniors.  

BPA Student Opportunities:
UPDATE: February 11, 2021: The School Board has approved a motion to remove the 60 hour Service Learning requirement for seniors graduating in 2021 and only applies to the class of 2021. For more information, please contact Lindsay Squires.

Ballard High School Service Hours Opportunities:

This page is updated with service hour opportunities for all BHS students.

All-City Marching Band: (TBD Summer 2021):

Website for more information about this great summer program (following COVID guidelines).

Graphics and Photography Support:

Our social media feeds are always in need of graphics, tiles, images and pictures from BPA and school events. If you are a student who has an interest in helping out with graphics or you like photography, we would love to work with you! Please take a look at our social media to see what we have been posting to get an idea for the look and feel we are projecting. We can also always utilize generic type imagery focused on student life [celebrations, gatherings, day-to-day activities that do not specifically show student's faces] that can be used for various purposes both online and in the newsletter. Email one of our Co-presidents.