Community Service

Community Service Information

Giving back to others for what we have is one of our most important values. A complete education is one that seeks understanding of others in different life circumstances from our own. Our students have had a long tradition of being involved in helping the neighboring communities. All students must complete at least 60 hours of community service as part of their social studies and graduation requirements.

As you are aware, Indian Hill requires that all of our students put volunteerism into practice in order to make an impact in the community.  Community Service has already been very successful with other schools, with students completing thousands of hours of volunteering and learning valuable life lessons along the way.

We are no longer using the paper reporting system.  To submit hours, please sign in to your school Google account and fill out the IHHS Community Service Hours Submission Form
You must be signed in to your school account in order to access the form.

Every student needs to complete 60 hours of service before graduation.  

*Half hours can be Red- volunteering for Indian Hill School District

*Half of hours need to be White- volunteering for a charity, or non-profit serving the underserved.

Volunteering for your own church such as teaching Sunday School or singing in your church choir are considered a continuation of your faith, therefore will not be counted as community service.

For summer volunteer hours, you must submit the IHHS Community Service Form in by October 1st in order for them to count toward your requirement.  

These hours must be completed outside the school day. To be considered for National Honor Society students need additional hours of service: sophomores need 30 hours (includes the 10 freshman and the 10 sophomore hours). NHS Junior candidates need 50 hours (includes the 10 freshman, 10 for sophomore, and 20 junior hours). Contact NHS advisor Mrs. Imrie for details.

What are White vs. Red hours?
Student service hours are classified as white or red.

Red hours are on the IH Campus  
e.g. working a school event, such as timing a track or swim meet, Spring Fling, school book fairs, coaching IH sports or selling concessions at a football game. These hours are performed within the Indian Hill School District.

Summer IH sports and arts camp hours will only count as a maximum of 5 red and only  if you submit them by October 1st.

White hours benefit people outside your local community and/or provide broader experiences that help in understanding societal problems and the role of the non-profit sector. Hours are counted as white only if the organization is a charity or a non-profit. Ideally, these are meaningful experiences that should expose you to new people and places and help you learn more about community needs beyond your own school and neighborhood. They are usually performed for a social service agency like the Free Store Food Bank, Matthew 25 Ministries or Ronald McDonald House, to name just a few examples.


Any community service performed in the summer months must be submitted online by October 1. All community service hours must be completed and submitted by early May (check Blackboard for exact dates).

Hours needed are:  

  • Freshmen and Sophomores:    10 hours (up to 5 Red and 5 White)

  • Juniors and Seniors:                  20 hours (up to 10 Red and 10 White)

Again, National Honor Society members need additional hours.

Students who do not complete the required hours of community service by the deadline will receive an “I” or incomplete, for social studies for the year; this incomplete is changed only when the community service hours have been fulfilled. Not all work performed by students for free qualifies as community service under our service-learning program. It is very important for all students and parents to understand the Indian Hill community service requirement and the classifications of qualified and regular hours before beginning work towards earning service hours.

There is extensive information on the community service requirement on Blackboard, including a list of pre-approved non-profits and service agencies. To see more community service opportunities, you can also check out the BLACKBOARD  High School Community Service Course. For questions, email the Community Service Coordinator Mrs. Mendoza 
or call 272-4601.

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