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Arizona Dept. of Education honors 31 schools for high quality civic engagement

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  • Stefan Swiat/ Arizona Department of Education

Thirty-one Arizona Public Schools Are Being Recognized As 2017-18 Arizona Civic Engagement Schools By The Arizona Department Of Education's Excellence In Civic Engagement Program.

Thirty-one Arizona public schools are being recognized as 2017-18 Arizona Civic Engagement schools by the Arizona Department of Education’s Excellence in Civic Engagement Program.

Now in its sixth year, Education’s Excellence in Civic Engagement Program recognizes and supports the important role schools play in ensuring that students are informed and engaged citizens.

“I am immensely proud of these schools, teachers and especially the students for their outstanding achievement in the subject area of civics,” said Kathy Hoffman, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Understanding one’s civic rights, roles and responsibilities is a critical component to becoming an informed and involved member of society.”

“The schools being honored as part of the ECEP program are shining examples of the work being done in Arizona to prepare our students to actively participate in their communities and government even before they leave the school system,” Hoffman said.

ECEP identifies schools that demonstrate knowledge and effective implementation of the following six proven practices in civic learning: classroom instruction in civics and 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.

Public schools from around the state, both 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, 11 have been recognized as Schools of Merit, 12 have been honored as Schools of Distinction and eight have received the most prestigious recognition as Schools of Excellence.

The schools were formally recognized at an award ceremony at the 6th Annual Civic Learning Conference on March 1, 2019.

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

Excellence in Civic Engagement Program Award Recipients 2017-18

Schools of Merit

School                                                                 District

Camille Casteel High School                                      Chandler Unified School District

Fremont Junior High School                                       Mesa Public Schools

Higley High School                                                     Higley Unified School District

Kino Junior High School                                             Mesa Public Schools

Kyrene Traditional Academy                                      Kyrene School District

Mendoza Elementary School                                     Mesa Public Schools

Mountain View High School                                       Mesa Public Schools

Patterson Elementary School                                     Gilbert Public Schools

Paulo Freire Freedom School University                   CITY Center for Collaborative Learning

Santa Maria Middle School                                        Fowler Elementary School District

Taylor Junior High School                                          Mesa Public Schools

Schools of Distinction

School                                                                       District

Carson Junior High School                                         Mesa Public Schools

Chandler High School                                                Chandler Unified School District

Dobson High School                                                   Mesa Public Schools

East Valley Academy                                                 Mesa Public Schools

Franklin Junior High School                                       Mesa Public Schools

Imagine Prep-Surprise                                                Imagine Schools

Kyrene de los Lagos                                                   Kyrene School District

Mesa Academy of Advanced Studies                        Mesa Public Schools

New School for Arts and Academics                         New School for Arts and Academics

Riverview High School                                               Mesa Public Schools

Skyline High School                                                   Mesa Public Schools

Superstition High School                                            Mesa Public Schools

Schools of Excellence

School                                                                       District

Arizona School for the Arts                                         Arizona School for the Arts

Basha High School                                                     Chandler Unified School District

Cocopah Middle School                                             Scottsdale Unified School District

Red Mountain High School                                         Mesa Public Schools

Rhodes Junior High School                                        Mesa Public Schools

Safford K-8 School                                                     Tucson Unified School District

Shepherd Junior High School                                    Mesa Public Schools

Westwood High School                                              Mesa Public Schools