2014 Civic Learning Awards
Thirteen schools received this year's award. All received visits by members of the California Courts, including the Chief Justice.

Civic Learning Award: High Tech High North County

High Tech High North County

San Diego Unified School District
County of: San Diego
Civic Learning Award of: Excellence
Recognized for: its Government and Politics Club, Senior Internship and Projects program, and its Humanities 3 course, which covers US history and American literature.

Civic Learning Highlights

Seniors at High Tech High North County get the opportunity to take part in an internship and project program that provides them with real-world experience in the work environment of their local community. Students work in public schools, a local assembly member’s office, and several community-based internships. Their government and politics class focuses on civil discourse and community engagement through active involvement with school issues and research projects. These opportunities work in tandem with High Tech High’s Humanities class, which focuses on US history and American literature and helps to foster critical thinking skills within the context of historical trends and current community issues.

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

Tina Chavez
1420 W. San Marcos Boulevard
San Marcos, California 92078
619-699-9165


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