Community Service

Community Service

Community Service is defined as unpaid work performed by a person or group of people to address a social issue in the community. It is often completed near the area where you live so your own community benefits from your work. This requires students to look beyond themselves and address an issue faced by our society (i.e. poverty, abuse, elderly citizen rights, and people with disabilities' rights). Community Service is important for the following reasons:

  • Helps you become more involved with your community and enhances your growth as an individual.  
  • Although not a high school graduation requirement, colleges and universities look favorably on applicants that have demonstrated connectedness within their community.   
  • Some scholarships, such as the Bright Futures Scholarship, require community service hours as part of their qualification as notated here.

OCPS and Horizon accept community service hours from summer prior to entering Grade 9 (starts the last day after Grade 8) through the last day of Grade 12 in high school.


Step by Step Instructions (Earning/Documenting my Community Service Hours):

  1. Search for Community Service opportunities through our Community Service Opportunities Suggestion List or find some on your own.
  2. Download and complete the OCPS Community Service Proposal Form to be signed by student and parent. (Not sure how to download and complete the form? Use our How to complete and sign form instructions.)
  3. Upload your Community Service Proposal Form to the Horizon Community Service Proposal Submission Link.
  4. You will receive an email to your OCPS student email address from Horizon Student Services within 5 school days approving or denying your community service proposal. If you submit your proposal near the end of a quarter or during summer time, it will take longer for approval.
  5. Begin your community service for the current school year!
  6. Document your community service hours using the OCPS Community Service Log and Reflection Form.
  7. Once you have completed your community service hours for the current school year, upload your OCPS Community Service Log and Reflection Form (along with your Approved OCPS Community Proposal Form) to the Horizon Completed Community Service Link.
  8. Upon submitting your completed Community Service Hours, a counselor will add your hours to your Skyward account within 5 school days. (To locate your hours in Skyward - Click on Student Info and the amount of hours you have turned in to Student Services will be located under your graduation year). Hours submitted during summer time will take longer to be submitted to Skyward. 
  9. Community Service hours are to be turned in every school year by the last day of school. Hours completed during the summer months can be submitted (Step #7) once the next school year begins.


Bright Futures Scholarships -                            

  • Students have the opportunity to earn a Bright Futures Scholarship for college in one of the following three categories below. Students apply during their senior year of high school. More information regarding the Bright Futures Scholarships can be found on our College and Career Tab, however, the required amount of community service hours for each scholarship is listed below.
    • Florida Academic Scholars (FAS) – Requires 100 hours of community service
    • Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS) – Requires 75 hours of community service
    • Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) – Requires 30 hours of community service