St. Joseph High School

St. Joseph High School Service Program

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Written, produced, directed and edited by Shannon McAuliff.

~A True Knight is a good, loyal, selfless, honorable, chivalrous, and brave Servant Leader.~
The St. Joseph High School service program requires the completion of service hours and a written service theological reflection for graduation.  This policy is in full compliance with the Archdiocesan policies recommended for Catholic High Schools.   The ultimate goal of a St. Joseph High School education is to fulfill the motto:  “To Image Christ in Mind, Heart, Body, and Soul” in such a way that not only the student grows in this motto but the entire school community as well.  The Christian Service program is required of every student because every student is both a leader and a learner and needs to develop skills in a broad range of areas regarding service in the community.


How and when may a student begin their volunteer service?  All students must be fully registered at St. Joseph High School and in our system before starting service.  Incoming freshmen and transfer students may begin volunteer service after the beginning of the new service year (generally the first part of June) provided they are fully registered.

Required Hours Definition:  Required hours constitute a specified number of hours working with an organization, agency or event that serves the specific category listed by grade level.

Free Choice Hours Definition:  Free choice hours constitute appropriate community service opportunities of any type or category as long as those hours are opportunities found on the school service website or pre-approved by service coordinators.

Service Hour Requirements:
  • 9th Grade:  15 hours (10 hours of "Required" service with church, school, neighborhood and 5 hours of “Free  Choice”.)  Altar serving is ONLY allowed for 9th grade.
  • 10th Grade:  25 hours (15 hours of "Required" service with agencies that work directly with the elderly or children such as Special Olympics, Magnolia and Primrose Care Homes, Good Samaritan After School Program, church organizations and schools and 10 hours of "Free  Choice".)
  • 11th Grade:  25 hours (15 hours of "Required" service with community events or agencies that aid the community-at-large such as Food Bank, Serve Santa Maria, Teen Court, Hats for Hope, Relay for Life, etc., and 10 hours of "Free Choice".)
  • 12th Grade:  20 hours (10 hours of "Required" service assisting agencies that work directly with the economically disadvantaged, marginalized or the disabled such as Special Olympics, Catholic Charities, V.T.C., Good Samaritan and church groups that assist the poor and 10 hours of "Free Choice.")

Please note:

  • If a student should reach and exceed their total number of "Required  Hours" while performing a service opportunity, the number of hours that exceed their total required will go into "Free Choice" category.
  • A Service Certificate will be awarded at the end of the year for all students who exceed their total service hours by 10 hours.
  • Altar serving counts for community service only for 9th grade students.
  • NOTE:  Students must realize that if they have not signed up prior to an event with the supervisor, they may be turned away from the event and not allowed to volunteer.


Special Summer Note:

  • If a student does volunteer service hours during the summer and it is ON our webpage (Service Opportunities) pre-authorization is required.  Just fill out Verification Form and go!
  • If a student does volunteer service hours during the summer and it is NOT on our webpage...they need to get it pre-authorized by coming in or emailing Mrs. Gregory at  Keep a copy of the email for documentation.  Fill out a Verification Form and go!
  • Students are advised to turn in their summer service Verification Forms at the first service homeroom of the year.



  • Step 1:  Check website for service opportunities.
  • Step 2:  If the service opportunity is on the website, simply fill out the Service Verification form and go!  If the service is not on the website, get pre-approval.
  • Step 3:  Obtain pre-approval for service not on the website by contacting Mrs. Gregory and Ms. Perez (email or phone).  See Special Summer Note above.  (See PDF Verification Form below) 
  • Step 4:  At service site, student must obtain signature and date of the supervisor.
  • Step 5:  Take a photo of student doing service.  Can take the photo with phone/camera.  Save the photo for reflection paper.
  • Step 6:  Turn in Verification Form to Service Homeroom Teacher.


Expiration of Service Verification Forms:  In order to expedite accurate recording of hours by Homeroom Teachers, a new policy has been put in place.  Verification Forms must be turned in to the Homeroom Teacher within 60 days of the completed service or the hours will not be recorded.

Required Service Behavior ExpectationsSt. Joseph High School has a clear expectation regarding student behavior out in the community.  Please carefully review the behavior guidelines from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (See the Boundary Guidelines for Youth Volunteers below).  In addition, SJHS students are expected to conduct themselves as a true Knight reflecting honor, respect, and polite hospitality.  Students are to be focused and "on-task" during their service experience.  Students should not be using cell phones during a volunteer opportunity.  Failure to do so will result in loss of service hour credit and possible disciplinary action upon review by the Dean of Students.