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Service Learning
Leadership Applications


Service-Learning Leadership is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Please see/email Mr Burrell ( for any questions about the course.

Over the past few years, we have allowed several incoming 9th grade students to apply for the class. Students will get first hand experience in planning, budgeting, publicizing, executing, and evaluating a variety of service projects. 

Wednesday - Sept 7

Flex Period & Lunch

12:10 pm - 1:30 pm


Since 1998, Pioneer has celebrated the start of the school year & the beginning of the Sophomore Project with the Fall Outreach Fair. Any non-profit or community-based organization is welcome to participate. Click the registration button below to confirm your spot. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Burrell at 

SJUSD Updated
Community Service Requirements


The community service requirement has been waived by the state of California and the San Jose Unified Board of Education as follows:

  • Class of 2022: 0 hours required

  • Class of 2023: 0 hours required, may increase to 10 if California's state of emergency ends in 2022

  • Class of 2024: 0 hours required, may increase to 20 if California's state of emergency ends in 2022

  • Class of 2025: 0 hours required, may increase to 30 if California's state of emergency ends in 2022


Service Learning has been a part of Pioneer High School since 1995 when the first Sophomore Project was completed. Michael Stark and Bob Vasconcellos started Service Learning through innovative projects like BioSITE, Senior Exhibition, YMCA Leadership Development, and S-Period Service Hour.


Mike Burrell and Rob Zaccheo took over the program in 2002. In 2005, the first Service Learning Leadership class began. Every year, students in the class learn valuable organizational skills along with project management tasks as they create, plan, and evaluate various service projects on campus. The Fall Outreach Fair, blood drives, Red Ribbon Week, Diversity Week, and Earth Day are just a few examples of these projects.


Mike Burrell - Service Learning Coordinator

1290 Blossom Hill Road, 

San Jose, CA 95118


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