Civic Learning Award: Antioch Charter Academy II

Antioch Charter Academy II 

County of: Contra Costa
Civic Learning Award of: Distinction
Recognized for: Providing students a dynamic learning experience where they engage in a year-long theme program through interdisciplinary projects that connects all school subjects. 

Civic Learning Description

Antioch Charter Academy II engages students in a range of project-based lessons, from reenacting the American Revolution in their classrooms to conducting a mock trial at their local court house. Students also participate in local and international service learning projects from local creek restoration projects to efforts to aid Haiti. Together these opportunities create a dynamic learning experience for students.

Research-Based Civic Education Practices

This school demonstrates the following research-based best practices in civic education:

  • 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).
  • Encourage student participation in school governance.
  • Encourage students’ participation in simulations of democratic process and procedures such as voting, trials, legislative deliberation, and diplomacy.

 For more information on research-based best practices, visit the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools website

Contact Information

Mrs. Elisa McCutcheon