Civic Learning Award: Poway High School

Poway High School

Poway Unified School District
County of: San Diego
Civic Learning Award of: Distinction

School Website

Highlight: All seniors participate in Socratic debates about current local, national and international issues.

Civic Learning Description

All Poway High School seniors learn to discuss and debate current issues, engage in a mock trial, and participate in local political events. Most seniors also complete a senior project involving research, documentation, professional contacts, a portfolio and final presentation. Many projects also incorporate service to the community. The Planning and Leadership course for students in school government teaches leadership skills, group processes and parliamentary procedure so they may effectively lead their peers.


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

Megan Battle
1550 Espola Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
(858)748-0245, ext. 5106