Civic Learning Award: Beaumont High School

Civic Learning Description

Beaumont High School Social Studies teachers ensure that every senior in U.S. Government class participates in a mock trial to develop students' understanding of the judicial system. All students also participate in a mock election, which they also prepare for in class by studying the issues on the ballot. The school also sponsors a Peer Mediation program through which students learn to peacefully resolve conflicts on campus.


Research-Based Civic Education Practices

This school demonstrates the following research-based best practices in civic education. For more information on research-based best practices, visit the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools website.
  • Provide instruction in government, history, law and democracy, and avoid teaching only rote facts about dry procedures.
  • Discuss current local, national and international issues and events in the classroom, particularly those that young people view as important to their lives.
  • Conduct community service that is linked to the formal curriculum and classroom (Service-learning)
  • Offer extracurricular activities that provide opportunities for young people to get involved in their schools or communities.
  • Encourage students’ participation in simulations of democratic process and procedures such as voting, trials, legislative deliberation, and diplomacy.


Contact Information

David Vanderpool
39139 Cherry Valley Boulevard
Beaumont, California 92223
951-845-3171, ext. 5060
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