Civic Learning Award: Centennial High School

Civic Learning Description

Students who participate in the school's nationally recognized We the People program study the six areas of government, and participate in a competitive mock congressional hearing through which they provide testimony and demonstrate critical thinking to an expert panel. The school also fields a competitive mock trial team. In addition, the Government College Prep Course requires students to complete a service-learning project and mock election.


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

Ryan Coleman
8601 Hageman Rd.
Bakersfield, CA 93312
661-588-8601
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