Civic Learning Award: Evergreen Elementary School

Evergreen Elementary School

Walnut Valley Unified School District
County of: Los Angeles
Civic Learning Award of: Excellence
Recognized for: engaging entire student body in civic learning and extracurricular activities starting in the first grade.

Civic Learning Highlights

Evergreen Elementary has an eagle for their mascot, as well as an overarching theme for their school—Eagles SOAR: Solve challenges, Own their actions, Achieve and Respect. Civic learning is integral to this character education program, and activities begin in the first grade. From the SOS: Support Our Soldiers service program, to fourth graders reenacting key events in the American Revolution, and fifth graders participating in a scavenger hunt using historical documents to become President with a crisis to solve, these programs engage the entire student body of 588. These civic learning programs and extracurricular opportunities have helped Evergreen rank as one of California's top 10% performing schools, with zero expulsions, and less than 5 suspensions. Alumni of Evergreen SOAR into their futures as empowered citizens with the skills to ability to make a positive difference in the world.

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.
  • Offer extracurricular activities that provide opportunities for young people to get involved in their schools or communities.
  • Encourage student participation in school governance.
  • Encourage students’ participation in simulations of democratic process and procedures such as voting, trials, legislative deliberation, and diplomacy.

Contact Information

Carolyn Wills
cwills@wvusd.k12.ca.us
2450 Evergreen Springs Road
Diamond Bar, CA
909-594-1041 ext 39104

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