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 www.azed.gov/civicengagement.
Arizona Civic Engagement Schools 2013-2014
School of Merit
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
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
Arizona School for the Arts Charter
Challenge Charter School Charter
Skyline High School Mesa Public Schools