Civic Learning Award: Kumeyaay Elementary School

Kumeyaay Elementary School

Kumeyaay Elementary School 

San Diego Unified School District 
County of: San Diego
Civic Learning Award of: Excellence
Recognized for: Using 
social studies and science curricula to learn about their environment and make a difference in their community. 

Civic Learning Description

All Kumeyaay Elementary students engage in civic learning practices, such as reading and discussion of news, with an emphasis on becoming critical thinkers. Kumeyaay Elementary integrates science with social science through Project H.O.W.L. (Habitat and Outdoor Wildlife Learning). Students are active participants in classroom governance, from Spirit Club to Tribal Meetings where “each individual is learning how to become an agent of change in the world.”

Research-Based Civic Education Practice

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

Stefanie Krieg
6475 Antigua Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92124