Community Service Criteria, Credit and Opportunities

Crossroads Christian Community Service Program

Crossroads Christian School secondary students (grades 6-12) are required to complete community service hours each year. This requirement is meant to teach our students the importance of being a contributing member of their community through service, preferably to the less fortunate of society. This program includes building the habit of service and developing a sense of community through direct action. The elements of our service program tie in closely to the school’s mission and values.

  • Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 must complete 12 hours of community service per year while students in grades 9 - 12 must complete 18 hours per year.
  • AP Students are required to complete 24 hours of community service and

Service Criteria and Credit

The Crossroads Christian Community Service Program is designed to form our graduates into service leaders with a “compassionate commitment” to justice. Insuring a positive and beneficial experience in the completion of community service hours remains a high priority for the Crossroads Christian Community Service Program. The following guidelines support such an experience:

Yearly Credit Requirements

6th - 8th grade: 12 credits
9th - 12th grade: 18 credits
Advanced Placement Students: 24 credits

Requirements for Community Service

  1. Students must minister to people in need (i.e., the poor, hungry, or homeless; the sick or injured; the handicapped; the elderly or infirmed; the academically challenged).
  2. Students must work through a non-profit organization.
  3. All service work must be pre-approved by the Crossroads Christian Community Service Program Directors. Failure to do so may delay the verification and reporting process. Service Activity Requests must be submitted in writing.
  4. Students may not earn hours for service to their families.
  5. Service must be completed each calendar school year; unmet credits must be completed the summer proceeding the following school year.
  6. All service is documented on the Crossroads Christian School Transcript. Click here for a Service Activity Form.

Direct versus Indirect Service

Direct service is “hands-on” help — often through agencies — which supports individuals seeking to develop vital skills and independence, ultimately leading them to be productive members of their community. Improving the lives of individuals then contributes to social change. Examples of direct service are:


  • School or Church Mission Trips or Outreach Programs
  • Hospitals and Elderly/Assisted Care Residences
  • Residential Summer Camps; Special Olympics
  • Local Church Charity Programs

Indirect service, such as supply and blood drives, removes “hands-on” help but helps agencies achieve vital goals.

Crossroads values both direct and indirect service but believes direct service has more impact on student formation. Therefore, students may accrue limited Indirect Service credits per year:


6th - 8th grade: 6 credits
9th - 12th grade: 9 credits
Advanced Placement Students: 12 credits
If you have any questions regarding the approval of a service project contact us at 361-212-3078.

Graduation Requirements

The Crossroads diploma requires four years of High School academic courses and community service hours.

The diploma is awarded to seniors with four years of high school attendance who have met the School’s academic standards (meets State of Texas requirements), completed the required community service hours and fulfilled course requirements.  To remain eligible for a Crossroad’s diploma, a student must faithfully attend and complete one of our academic programs, maintain a passing grade point average and complete the required community service hours during the high school years at Crossroads. 

Opportunities for local community service projects:


What is

  • A free, web-based, volunteer center focused on Victoria and surrounding counties.
  • A link between agencies looking for volunteers and people interested in volunteering
  • A partnership between Victoria Alliance and the Victoria County United Way to promote volunteerism in our area.

Who can sign up on

Individuals, 13 or older, who are interested in volunteering for any number of causes in our area.  Volunteer hours can be tracked and recorded for your personal use.



Home School Terminology

CCS is a THSC Partner Group

The Texas Home School Coalition provides a wealth of information for the homeschool community and more info can be found on their website at

Home School Terminology

THSC definition of a home schooled student:
A home schooled student predominantly receives instruction in a general, elementary or secondary education program that is provided by the parent—or a person standing in parental authority—in or through the child’s home [Texas Education Code 29.916 (a)].

The parent or person standing in parental authority might contract with outside sources in order that the student receives additional instruction. For example, a private tutor, co-op class or a college class. However, this source or these sources do not circumvent the parent’s role in determining the overall success or failure of the student.

Home school group:
All home school groups on our list seek to serve families who meet the definition of home schooling. This means their children participate in the group, but the group will not attempt to become an authority over the student’s education, per the definition of home schooling. THSC Partner Groups meet criteria as defined on THSC Types of Groups.

Private school:
Private school is a broad category of describing any non-public school. This includes traditional accredited private schools that require daily attendance and tuition, unaccredited private schools which are similar but not subject to the same accreditation requirements, home schools which are a type of private school but not regulated the same way as other types of private school, and other options that are a hybrid of these different types. For example, in a university model school, a student might attend the school 2-3 days per week and then be schooled at home for the rest of the week.