Parents and Students,
The completion of a Community Service Project is a graduation requirement for all students. If students plan early and follow through with their responsibilities it will enhance their opportunities for a successful and meaningful project.
While the minimum service hours for graduation from Doral Academy Preparatory School are 25 hours, we not only advise that our students engage in upwards of 75 to 100 hours to qualify for scholarships like Florida Bright Futures, but we highly suggest that students who are interested in attending more selective colleges and universities engage in a Major Community Service Project. These projects build character, leadership, and self-efficacy, and show top colleges, universities, and scholarship programs like the Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards and the Stamps Foundation, that a student is willing to selflessly put in their time and talents to help others in their communities in a sustained and meaningful way.
Major Community Service Projects must:
• Meet a real community need (do not be afraid to ask an organization what need you can fill or how you can help!)
• Include face-to-face contact (while service work can include fundraising and collections, try to find a way to meet with those you are serving)
• Serve those beyond our Doral Academy community (the exception to that for now is peer tutoring via the College Essay Incubator and Math Club)
• Ideally span all four (4) years of high school
• Demonstrate consistency and a lasting impact on a community service organization that is a 501(c)(3) Not For Profit Corporation*
We encourage you to: