Christian Service Learning
Christian Service is an essential part of what it means to be a follower of Christ and a contributing member of society. Loving our neighbor implies a willingness to be of service and to reach beyond ourselves to those in need. Follow up meetings will occur with our Campus Ministry if needed.
As a Catholic school, and in order to develop a well-rounded student, Notre Dame Preparatory challenges its students to be people of service. In light of this challenge, students are required to complete service during the course of each calendar year.
Once the students have completed their minimum number of hours in each of the areas, their remaining hours can be served in any category. We hope that these practices will create a positive feeling toward service and a desire to continue serving after they graduate from NDP.
Each semester, a minimum number of hours must be submitted in order for students to receive a passing grade. For first semester, on or before Dec. 1, 2020, students are required to have the following minimum hours submitted (Note: if a student is signed up for and has paid the down payment for a Mission Trip during the Spring/2nd Semester, he or she will not be required to have the minimum for 1st Semester):
- Seniors/Juniors: 15 Hours
- Sophomores: 10 Hours
- Freshman: 5 Hours
For second semester, hours must be verified on or before May 4, 2021, students are required to have the following minimum hours submitted:
- Seniors/Juniors: 30 Hours
- Sophomores: 25 Hours
- Freshman: 15 Hours
In summary, extra hours completed during the school year are eligible to be rolled over to fulfill requirements for the following school year. Students must complete 120 total hours by graduation, but the rollover policy will give students and families more flexibility when their hours are served. We hope that this increased flexibility in the service policy will add to the positive experience of Christian Service and that NDP students will make a decision to continue serving after they graduate.
This is a Pass/Fail class. In order to Pass Service, the service must be claimed and verified on the external website, x2VOL. At least 10 hours of service is due on x2VOL the first Monday in May. Every student must complete a minimum of 120 hours of service over their 4 years at Notre Dame Preparatory. It is recommended that students complete a minimum of 30 hours per academic year but the hours will rollover so students are able to complete what they are able to as time permits. A student may be able to complete all 120 hours prior to Junior or Senior year but they will still be required to complete at least 10 hours each academic year.
Students are responsible for making sure their claims are submitted within 24 hours of completing their service. Students may complete their service requirement beginning the first of June for the next school year. If a student fails a semester of Christian Service, they will not be asked back to Notre Dame Prep.
Seniors will be required to have their service claimed, verified and approved on x2VOL by mid-April. Check the school calendar for details. Seniors who do not meet the Christian Service deadline will fail Christian Service and will not be able to participate in any senior activities until that requirement is met. Once the student’s 30 hours have been claimed and verified on x2VOL, they will be eligible for graduation.
Failure to meet the Spring semester deadline may result in being asked to withdraw from NDP. Students not meeting the May deadline will fail Christian Service and that grade will go on their final transcript. Even if a student finishes service after the deadline, that grade will not change. Once a student has completed their Christian Service they may be considered for re-enrollment.
Any senior student who does not have 15 hours of claimed, verified, and approved Christian service on x2VOL by the end of the first semester (December 3) will receive an incomplete for Christian Service on their transcript.
Students will have until January 15 (one week after the start of the second semester) to fulfill this requirement plus an additional 5 hours for not getting them completed on time.
Students who do not complete this requirement will be in jeopardy of not participating in graduation events, as they will not meet graduation requirements.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Dinges at email@example.com
- Christian Service vs. Community Service
- Service and the House System
- Christian Service Trips
- Christian Service Requirements for Graduation
- Service to Place of Worship – Evangelization (Minimum 4):
- Service to NDP (Minimum 4):
- Service to the Community (Minimum 10):
- Christian Service to the Poor and Marginalized (Min 30):
During this time of Covid we are currently waiting until students are back on campus in order to set-up their x2Vol accounts. In the past, when we have set accounts up early there were many complications.
In the meantime, students can definitely start working on completing their hours. We just ask, that they keep track of the hours served and where in an Excel spreadsheet or whatever way is easy for them to keep track. As soon as we are able to get back on campus as a community, Ms. Dinges will visit all of the freshman theology classes and demonstrate how to set up x2VOL accounts and log hours.
Transfer students, should email Ms. Dinges to set-up an appointment or to have instructions emailed.
Please know that we will do our best to work with all new students to get them set-up as soon as possible. Keep serving, NDP!