Civic Learning Award: Ross Elementary

Ross Elementary

Ross School District
County of: Marin
Civic Learning Award of: Distinction
Recognized for: Enhanced academics coupled with interaction with the community

Civic Learning Highlights

At Ross Elementary, fourth graders are introduced to the role of California's government officials. Students learn about their own jobs in the classroom in correlation to those in government. In the spring, after many hours of studying state government, the class travels to Sacramento to meet with officials. Community services is an elective that about 20% of the students participate in—approximately 46 in two years. Students work with local representatives to identify issues in the community and help to resolve them. This year, all 40 eighth graders, all 40 students participate in an Eighth Grade Mock Congressional Hearing. Representatives from the local bar and the Public Defender's Office serve as panelists.

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

Stacy Marshall 
9 Lagunitas Road/P.O. Box 1058
Ross, CA
415-457-2705 x 219