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27 schools recognized for providing high quality civic learning

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  • Ashley Dammen/ Arizona Department of Education

Civic Engagement

Twenty-seven public schools across Arizona are being recognized as Arizona Civic Engagement schools by the Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE) Excellence in Civic Engagement Program (ECEP) for the 2013-2014 school year.

Completing a successful second year, ECEP recognizes and supports the important role schools play in ensuring that students are informed and engaged citizens.

ECEP identifies schools that demonstrate knowledge and effective implementation of the following six proven practices in civic learning:  classroom instruction in civics & government, history, economics, geography, law and democracy; service learning linked to classroom learning; experiential learning; learning through participation in models and simulations of democratic processes and procedures; guided classroom discussion of current issues and events; and meaningful participation in school governance. 

Thirty-one public schools, traditional and charter, applied for recognition as an Arizona Civic Engagement school with one of the following designations: School of Merit, School of Distinction or School of Excellence. Of those schools, fifteen are recognized as a School of Merit, nine are honored as a School of Distinction and three obtained an award as a School of Excellence.

“I am inspired by the efforts that schools are demonstrating in preparing our youth to become informed, engaged citizens—and future civic leaders,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal. “I congratulate each of these schools for the work they are doing in civic education. ADE is excited about the future of the Excellence in Civic Engagement Program and its potential impact on teachers and students. I would encourage more schools to apply for the program this coming school year.”

The schools will be recognized at an award ceremony on September 17, 2014—Constitution Day.

For more information about ADE’s Excellence in Civic Engagement Program, please visit


Arizona Civic Engagement Schools 2013-2014

School of Merit

SCHOOL                                                                                                               DISTRICT

Arizona Charter Academy                                                                            Charter

Boulder Creek High School                                                                           Deer Valley Unified School District

Dobson High School                                                                                        Mesa Public Schools

East Valley Academy                                                                                      Charter

Franklin Junior High                                                                                         Mesa Public Schools

Fremont Junior High                                                                                       Mesa Public Schools

George Smith Junior High                                                                             Mesa Public Schools

Globe High School                                                                                           Globe Unified School District

Kino Junior High                                                                                                Mesa Public Schools

Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies                                                    Mesa Public Schools

Poston Junior High                                                                                          Mesa Public Schools

Red Mountain High School                                                                           Mesa Public Schools

Rhodes Junior High                                                                                         Mesa Public Schools

Safford IB Magnet School                                                                             Tucson Unified School District

Taylor Junior High                                                                                            Mesa Public Schools


School of Distinction

SCHOOL                                                                                                               DISTRICT

Carson Junior High                                                                                           Mesa Public Schools

Chandler High School                                                                                     Chandler Unified School District

Hamilton High School                                                                                     Chandler Unified School District

Mesa High School                                                                                            Mesa Public Schools

New School for the Arts and Academics                                                Charter

Sandra Day O’Connor High School                                                            Deer Valley Unified School District

South Mountain High School                                                                       Phoenix Union High School District

Tanque Verde High School                                                                           Tanque Verde Unified School District

Westwood High School                                                                                 Mesa Public Schools


School of Excellence

SCHOOL                                                                                                               DISTRICT

Arizona School for the Arts                                                                          Charter

Challenge Charter School                                                                             Charter

Skyline High School                                                                                         Mesa Public Schools