Civic Learning Award: San Marino High School

San Marino High School

San Marino Unified School District
County of: Los Angeles
Civic Learning Award of: Excellence

School Website

Highlight: Ninety six percent of seniors reported that "in both my Government and Economics classes I’ve had a change to discuss current, local, national and international event frequently," and 98% agreed that their teachers have "done a good job of moderating discussions so that students in classes felt welcome to speak from a variety of perspectives."

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Civic Learning Description

More than 90% of seniors surveyed reported that their Social Studies classes taught their subject matter in ways there were “new and exciting.” The school offers an extensive and varied extra-curricular program that includes an award winning mock- trail team and a nationally recognized speech and debate team. The school also provides creative ways for students to participate in school governance, such as when the mock trial team and journalism class researched and wrote articles for the school newspaper on whether state lawmakers should prohibit California public school teachers from assigning homework over a national holiday.

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.
  • 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

Peter Paccone
2701 Huntington Dr.
San Marino, CA 91108
626-229-7020, ext. 404