Seven San Diego County Schools are among 92 in the state to be honored with this year’s Civic Learning Awards, which celebrate public schools’ efforts to engage students in civic learning. Now in its seventh year, the awards program is co-sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.
These schools engage students in civic learning through unique classes, clubs, and programs preparing students for participation in democracy. The awards are designed to both celebrate successful efforts to engage students in civic learning and to identify successful models that can be replicated in other schools.
“Having had the chance to teach a civics class, and from my time working with students in the Legislature, I’m a huge supporter of engaging students in civics early, which helps to engage them for life,” said Thurmond.
“I commend our schools and teachers for their creativity and commitment to civic education,” said Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye. “They are giving students the skills they will need as active participants and leaders in our democracy.”
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye visits schools receiving Awards of Excellence, the highest level, which include Flora Vista Elementary School. At the Encinitas Union School District campus in San Diego County, students develop budgets and proposals for the school board on how to conserve energy in the classroom, organize to decrease trash and debris on their campus, and find solutions to help children in Africa obtain clean drinking water.
La Costa Heights Elementary School (Encinitas Union School District) was honored with an Award of Distinction.
Local Award of Merit winners are Rancho Buena Vista High School (Vista Unified), Crawford High School (San Diego Unified), De Portola Middle School (San Diego Unified), Del Lago Academy, Campus of Applied Sciences (Escondoido Union High School District), and Liberty Charter High School.
Launched at the Civic Learning California Summit in 2013, the awards have recognized more than 300 schools. More information on the Civic Education Initiative is on the California Department of Education’s Civic Education web page.