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.  
  • 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.

How do I earn and document my community service hours?

Please see the 2020-2021 school year special notice below as it pertains to students currently completing community service hours.

  1. Search for Community Service opportunities on your own, through the school/College & Career Center, OR search the community service websites below:
  2. Download and complete the OCPS Community Service Proposal Form to be signed by student and parent.
    • The form is fillable, so you do not need to print it to fill it out. You may type in the allotted sections. For the signature section, you and your parent/guardian may electronically sign the form or print and sign the form.
    • Community service hours will ONLY be accepted during the following time frame: Beginning the summer entering 9th grade (the day after the last day of 8th grade) through your last day of senior year of high school.
  3. Submit your Community Service Proposal Form Here.
  4. You will receive an email from Horizon Student Services to your OCPS student email address approving/denying your community service proposal.
  5. Complete your community service for the current school year.
  6. Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, turn in your community service form by the end of every school year to Horizon Student Services. If you complete community service hours over the summer of 2021, please hold on to those hours until school starts. We will announce how to submit those hours at that time.
    • If you plan on addressing the same community service social issue over multiple school years, please submit the Community Service Proposal to Horizon Student Services each year. 

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 Advanced Studies 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


SPECIAL NOTICE For Students Transferring to Horizon High School

Students transferring to Horizon High School from other OCPS schools (including Windermere High School and OCVS Full Time) should have completed community service hours verified and finalized by their current counselor before transferring.

  • For current students at Windermere High School, OCVS Full Time or other OCPS schools, your hours completed throughout the 2020-2021 school year should be verified and finalized by your current school counselor so you they can be entered into Skyward prior to summer break.
  • For hours completed in summer 2021 (May 26, 2021 and beyond), Horizon High School Student Services will approve your community service proposal and verify your completed hours once complete. Hours earned and verified by prior schools will be included in your total community service hours for Bright Futures.