Civic Learning Award: Mayfair Middle School

Mayfair Middle School

Bellflower Unified School District
County of: Los Angeles County
Civic Learning Award of: Excellence
Recognized for: Enhanced academics coupled with interaction with the community
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Civic Learning Highlights

The entire student body of approximately 1,100 seventh and eighth graders participate in civic learning at Mayfair Middle School. With the help of web resources such as iCivics that engage in students in games to learn about the three branches of government, as well as other classroom based simulations, teachers make the study of history and government come alive. Civic- and service-minded seventh and 8th graders enrolled in Mayfair's School Leadership and Government class are so inspired by their experience that approximately 90% of those who take this course join student leadership at the high school level Finally, the teachers encourage all 8th grade students to participate in a 6-day field trip to Gettysburg and our nation's capitol where they tour the White House, U.S. Supreme Court, and U.S. Capitol to learn more about government and leadership.

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 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

Daniel Fong
dfong@busd.k12.ca.us
6000 N. Woodruff Ave.
Bellflower, CA 90706
562-925-9980 ext. 4106

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