Civic Learning Award: Royal High School

Civic Learning Description

In 2013, Royal High School began offering a Presidential Award Diploma seal, which rewards students for achievements in civic learning. This same year, the school also opened a new Citizen Scholar Institute Center on campus. These efforts build on long standing efforts by social studies teachers to provide their students with authentic civic learning experiences that have included students entering and winning the “Write a Bill Challenge” sponsored by State Assemblymember Cameron Smyth. The school also has a strong mock trial club.


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

Deborah Salgado, Principal
1402 Royal Ave.
Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 520-6644
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