Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, high school seniors are eligible to apply for a civic engagement diploma seal to be affixed to their high school graduation diploma.
To be eligible, each school district must certify with the Georgia Department of Education that they are participating in the program. To do so, they may click here by September 15.
Student Eligibility Requirements:
1. Satisfy the Social Studies requirements to earn a high school diploma
2. Take and pass the American Government Basic Skills Test (a subset of 56 questions taken from the USCIS Citizenship Test)
3. Complete 50 hours of voluntary participation in community service or extracurricular activities during the student’s high school career (participation can be counted starting the summer prior to 9th grade).
a. Of the required service hours, a minimum of 15 hours must be obtained participating in civic engagement activities.
b. Additional volunteer hours may be obtained through participation in charitable or service based organizations or school sponsored extracurricular activities.
c. Beginning the 2018-2019 School year, all students can count previous volunteer experiences and civic engagement participation accumulated from their 9th to 12th grade years to meet service hour eligibility requirements.
NOTE: ANY STUDENT WHO ENLISTS IN THE UNITED STATES MILITARY PRIOR TO GRADUATION WILL BE DEEMED TO HAVE MET CRITERIA 3.
4. CAPSTONE PORTFOLIO PRESENTATION- Students must present a capstone portfolio on the knowledge gained in social studies and/or civics/government related courses and activities listed above.
More information can be obtained from the Georgia DOE Social Studies website (http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Curriculum-and-Instruction/Pages/Social-Studies.aspx).
Joy Hatcher, Social Studies Program Manager, Georgia Department of Education
1754 Twin Towers East, 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30334