Civic Learning Award: El Camino Creek Elementary School

El Camino Creek Elementary School

Encinitas Union School District
County of: San Diego
Civic Learning Award of: Excellence
Recognized for: Enhanced academics coupled with interaction with the community

Civic Learning Highlights

Curriculum and instruction at El Camino Creek Elementary engage and guide the entire student body of K-sixth grade students to pursue meaningful civic engagement within the school and in their local community. Their Environmental Stewards program, starting in Kindergarten, teaches students to pursue meaningful civic engagement while studying, analyzing, and promoting environmental practices of sustainability in the school garden. In fifth grade, No David! Introduction to the Rule of Law gives students the opportunity to prepare for and act out a mock trial and gain an understanding of the judicial branch and the Rule of Law. These and other programs teach students how laws impact society, how society can influence laws, how the Constitution is a living document, and how we, as global citizens, have a responsibility to make sure the Rule of Law is in place.

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

Robyn Litt and Meredith Mills and
7885 Paseo Aliso
Carlsbad, CA 92009