GUSD Community Service Requirements
Gilroy Unified School District’s community service requirement for graduating high school seniors first began with the class of 2014. The Board of Education instituted this graudation requirement in an effort to instill our students with the value of community involvement and service to others. It aligns with the Board's goal to provide students the opportunity to practice effective leadership (GUSD BOE Goal #6).
The Board of Trustees of the Gilroy Unified School District believes that when students are given the opportunity to work on pressing community problems or address the needs of different segments of our population, they contribute positively to the quality of life in our community. Every student in the district is required to perform a minimum of 80 hours of community service in order to graduate.
Students who double this requirement, earning 160 hours or more, are honored at their graduation ceremonies with a special cord to wear along with their cap and gown. With the success of the program over the last several years, the district now honors the top 5% of students who earned the most community service hours from the graduating class of each high school site at a special board recognition. Students must have earned at least 160 hours to qualify for this honor. For volunteer opportunities and more information on community service, visit the individual school websites.