2019 Civic Learning Award Recipients

The Civic Learning Awards, now in their seventh year, celebrate California public schools' efforts to provide high quality civic learning opportunities for all students. Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye personally presents the Civic Learning Award of Excellence to the top schools at each grade level. 

Excellence Awards

Chief Justice swears in student judges at El Camino Creek Elementary

Excellence Award - Elementary School

Flora Vista Elementary School

Encinitas Union School District, San Diego County

Highlights:  Students learn about the rule of law and the courts through literature, mock trials and famous cases. Students have also designed and built a mock trial court room.

For more information contact: Principal Chris Juarez

Chief Justice speaks to Oak Grove Middle School students and parents

Excellence Award - Middle School

Lexington Junior High School

Anaheim Union High School District, Orange County

Highlights: A school-wide focus on current events. All 7th grade students take a Speech and Debate class and all 8th grade students participate in Election Projects.

For more information contact: Principal Amber Houston

Chief Justice with students and teachers at John Marshall Fundament HS

Excellence Award - High School

Cypress High School

Anaheim Union High School District, Orange County

Highlights: Students design and conduct Civic Action Projects in every government class. Students also participate in a mock city council meeting through Youth in Government Day with the City of Cypress.

For more information, contact: Principal Jodie Wales

Distinction Awards

Distinction Award - Elementary School

La Costa Heights Elementary School

Encinitas Union School District, San Diego County

Highlights: All students participate in mock trials where they research cases to understand the role and responsibilities of the courts.

For more information, contact: Principal Christie Kay

Distinction Award - Elementary School

Willard Elementary School

Pasadena Unified School District, Los Angeles County

Highlights: Students at Willard conduct research projects to help address important global issues. Student-led projects are presented to the entire school including parents and community members. 

For more information, contact: Principal Angela Baxter

Distinction Award - Middle School

Santiago Charter Middle School

Orange Unified School District, Orange County

Highlights: Students at Santiago participate in school-wide civic awareness projects to develop PSAs about local issues. Students also promote civic responsibility through environmental awareness by assessing their use of waste to create goals for reducing and recycling.

For more information, contact: Principal Ashley Padroza

Distinction Award - Middle School

South Junior High School

Anaheim Union High School District, Orange County

Highlights: Connecting World History curriculum to current global issues, students create a call to action project based on their interest. Students are given a public platform to present their projects take civic action.

For more information, contact: Principal Enrique Romero

Distinction Award - High School

Pacific High School

San Bernardino City Unified School District, San Bernardino County

Highlights:  Learning civic responsibility through service clubs like Random Acts and Students Stand Together which utilizes social media to express ideas on school, community and national issues. 

For more information, contact: Principal Natalie Raymundo

Distinction Award - High School

Savanna High School

Anaheim Union High School District, Orange County

Highlights:  Students at Savanna become civic-minded and active participants in their schools' governance by tackling local issues like the redesign of their mascot which included a live-streamed townhall to district and local news outlets. 

For more information, contact: Principal Michael Pooley