Civic Learning Awards

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Civic Learning Award Applications Now Available
Applications are due January 9, 2017.

The Civic Learning Award celebrates public schools' efforts to engage students in civic learning. The award program also identifies models that can be replicated in other schools. Co-sponsored by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, award winners are announced in February.

Award of Excellence:

Bellflower High School (Los Angeles County)
Natomas Pacific Pathways Preparatory Middle/High School (Sacramento County)
Kumeyaay Elementary School (San Diego County)

Award of Distinction:

Normandie Avenue Elementary School (Los Angeles Country)
Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (Los Angeles County)
John Eader Elementary School (Orange County)
Oak Grove Middle School (San Diego County)
Pacific Beach Middle School (San Diego County)
Royal High School (Ventura County)

Award of Merit: see list 

(Due to the significant increase in award applications this year, Awards of Merit are being presented to 78 schools.)


2015 Awards

Award of Excellence:

Evergreen Elementary School (Los Angeles County)
El Camino Creek Elementary (San Diego County)
Mayfair Middle School (Los Angeles County)

Award of Distinction:

Ross Elementary (Marin Country)
Lake Canyon Elementary School (Sacramento County)
Sullivan Middle School (San Diego County)

Award of Merit:

Rio Linda Preparatory (Sacramento County)
Creative Connections Arts Academy (Sacramento County)
Eucalyptus Hills (San Diego County)

2014 Awards

Award of Excellence:
Rio Americano High School (Sacramento County
High Tech High North County (San Diego County)
Brawley Union High School (Imperial County)

Award of Distinction:
Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership (Fresno County)
Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep (NP3) (Sacramento County)
Golden Valley High School (Kern County)

Award of Merit: 
Livermore High School (Alameda County)
Chaparral High School (Riverside County)
John F. Kennedy High School  (Alameda County)
Guidance Charter High School (Los Angeles County)
Amador Valley High School (Alameda County)
International Polytechnic High (Los Angeles County)
Natomas Charter School (Sacramento County)

2013 Awards

News Release: 2013 Civic Learning Award Winners Announced



Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Tech Academy

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

U.S. Government; Civic Action Project (CAP); The Bureau


Golden Valley High School

Kern Union High School District

We The People; Project Citizen; Interact Club


San Marino High School

San Marino Unified School District

Civic Learning - Interdisciplinary Extra Curriculum; Civic Learning - Extra Curriculum; Civic Learning - Within the Curriculum


Albany High School

Albany Unified School District

Renewal Debates; Extra-Curricular Programs; Shared Governance


Brawley Union High School

Brawley Union High School

Bilingual Civics Club; Bilingual Civics Course; Bilingual United States History


Irvington High School

Fremont Unified School District

Benchmark Projects


Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep High School

Natomas Unified

Law-Themed Curriculum; Senior Project; Peer Sentencing Court


Poway High School

Poway Unified School District

Senior Project Requirement; Government, Politics and Civics Courses; Associated Student Body (Student Govt.)


Beaumont High School

Beaumont Unified School District

Mock Trial; Mock Election; Peer Mediation


Bell Gardens

Montebello Unified School District

Civic Action Project (CAP)/Senior Community Project; Mock-Election Arsalyn Program (Ludwick Family Found.); Deliberating in a Democracy


Buhach Colony High School

Merced Union High School District

Role of Women in Society and U.S. History Class


Carmel High School

Carmel Unified School District

AP U.S. Government and Politics; Mock Trial Club and Team; Student Leadership


Centennial High School

Kern High School District

We The People Program; Government College Prep; Centennial Mock Trial Program


Cesar Chavez Continuation High School

Compton Unified School District

Mock Presidential Election 2012-2013;
Union Rescue Mission: Service Learning; ASB/Student Leadership Class


DaVinci Charter Academy

Davis Joint Unified School District

Rise of Democratic Ideas (Island Project); Senior Project - Hail to the Chief



Oxnard Union High School District

Mock Trial


GW Carver School of Arts and Sciences

Sac-City Unified School District

Student Government Enrichment Club; Re-Thinking Technology Enrichment Club; Economics and Poverty Project


Ivy Academia Entrepreneurial Charter School

Ivy Academia

AP U.S. History; Government; ASB


John Burroughs High School

Burbank Unified School District

Junior State of America


Los Altos High School

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District

Students for Haiti Solidarity; US History - Muckraking Project; History Week - The Pursuit of Rights


Royal High School

Simi Valley Unified School District

Citizen Scholar Institute and Diploma Seal; Authentic Civic Experiences; Simulations of Democratic Processes


Valley High School

Elk Grove Unified School District

Valley Leadership; Valley Health TECH Academy; Social Sciences Department

Civic Learning Awards Timeline:

Selection Process
The application process asks schools to describe their civic learning practices and programs, with an emphasis on those that incorporate research-based proven practices in civic education, as described in Revitalizing K-12 Civic Learning in California:  A Blueprint for Action.

Awards are presented in three categories:

  • Civic Learning Award of Excellence
    Schools receive a visit from the Chief Justice of California and a plaque.
  • Civic Learning Award of Distinction
    Schools receive a visit from an appellate court justice and a plaque.
  • Civic Learning Award of Merit
    Schools receive recognition from a superior court judicial officer.
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