Civic Learning Awards

The application for the 2023 Civic Learning Awards is now live here! All K-12 public schools in California are invited to apply by March 31, 2023. 


Awards Program Update
The awards are presented at three levels (Merit, Distinction, and Excellence) in the categories of Elementary, Middle, and High School. Schools receiving the highest honor, the Award of Excellence, traditionally receive a visit by the Chief Justice. 

In response to the challenges brought by the pandemic, the 2021 and 2022 awards program adapted to honor single programs, classes, clubs, and individuals. Public health directives further stalled the program with onsite visits restricted.

For 2023, the Civic Learning Awards will return to honoring schools committed to integrating civics campus-wide, and promoting positive citizenry inside the classroom and out. Schools establishing criteria for State Seal of Civic Education will also receive extra credit. All applications go through a rigorous scoring process administered by panelists experienced in civics education and service learning.