Civic Learning Award: Golden Valley High School

Golden Valley High School

Kern Union High School District
County of: Kern
Civic Learning Award of: Excellence

School Website

Highlight: Project Citizen is embedded into the school' United States History Course.

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Civic Learning Description

All 11th grade students at Golden Valley identify local areas of need, research solutions for the local issues, and explore public policy solutions that could be implemented though the Project Citizen curriculum. The school also engages approximately 10% of their students We the People, an inquiry-based curriculum that culminates in a simulated, competitive congressional hearing competition. Finally, the school sponsors a robust Interact club, Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12-18.


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 students’ participation in simulations of democratic process and procedures such as voting, trials, legislative deliberation, and diplomacy.

Contact Information

Terri Richmond
801 Hosking Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93307