Community Service learning (CSL) in Arkansas is specific to the implementation of Act 648 of 1993 which combines service to the community with student learning in a way that improves both the student and the community. CSL is best defined as volunteering or serving in a worthwhile capacity in the community while making a conscious effort to reflect, through some thoughtfully designed method, on what is learned from the service experience. Guidance for districts and nonprofits is provided in “An Approach to Implementing Community Service”. An excellent resource for districts offering CSL is “Service Learning in Arkansas Toolkit and Resource Directory”. These documents as well as a list of all State Board of Education (SBE) Approved sites (businesses and nonprofits) are located under Related Files; school districts do not need SBE approval.
Partner site applications are taken to the State Board for approval twice a year, in July and December. If you wish to submit a partner site application, please email these to Melissa.Starkey@Arkansas.gov by June 5 and November 5 so that they may be added to the document for the State Board’s agenda.
Act 648 of 1993 states that beginning with the 1996-97 school year, "a student who has completed a minimum of seventy-five (75) clock hours of documented community service in grades nine (9) through twelve (12), at any certified service agency or a part of a service-learning school program shall be eligible to receive one (1) academic credit that may be applied toward graduation."
Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.Learn More
Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.Learn More