Department of Education Recognizes 32 Schools for Dedication to High Quality Civic Engagement

 

 

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(Phoenix, Ariz., Aug. 16, 2016) – Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today announced that 32 Arizona public schools are being recognized as 2015-2016 Arizona Civic Engagement schools by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Excellence in Civic Engagement Program (ECEP). Now in its fourth year, ECEP recognizes and supports the important role schools play in ensuring that students are informed and engaged citizens.

“As we educate our children, there are few things I see as more important than helping them understand their rights, roles and responsibilities as American citizens,” said Superintendent Douglas. “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 when they leave the school system.”

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, 18 have been recognized as Schools of Merit, 10 have been honored as Schools of Distinction and four have received the most prestigious recognition as Schools of Excellence.

The schools will be formally recognized at an award ceremony on September 16, 2016.

For more information about ADE’s Excellence in Civic Engagement Program, please visit www.azed.gov/civicengagement.

Excellence in Civic Engagement Program Award Recipients 2015-2016

 

Schools of Merit

 

SCHOOL                                                                                DISTRICT

Carson Junior High School                                                     Mesa Public Schools

Chandler High School                                                             Chandler Unified School District

Cocopah Middle School                                                         Scottsdale Unified School District

East Valley Academy                                                             Mesa Public Schools

Fremont Junior High School                                                   Mesa Public Schools

Imagine Prep at Surprise                                                        Charter

Kino Junior High School                                                         Mesa Public Schools

Mesa High School                                                                  Mesa Public Schools

Mountain View High School                                                   Mesa Public Schools

New School for the Arts & Academics                                   Charter

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

Sirrine Elementary School                                                      Mesa Public Schools

Skyline High School                                                               Mesa Public Schools

Smith Junior High School                                                       Mesa Public Schools

Sossaman Middle School                                                       Higley Unified School District

Stapley Junior High School                                                    Mesa Public Schools

Summit Academy                                                                   Mesa Public Schools

Taylor Junior High School                                                      Mesa Public Schools

Schools of Distinction

 

SCHOOL                                                                                DISTRICT

Arizona Charter Academy                                                      Charter

Basha High School                                                                 Chandler Unified School District

Boulder Creek High School                                                    Deer Valley Unified School District

Dobson High School                                                               Mesa Public Schools

Franklin Junior High School                                                   Mesa Public Schools

Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies                                  Mesa Public Schools

Rhodes Junior High School                                                    Mesa Public Schools

Safford K-8 IB Magnet School                                               Tucson Unified School District

Shadow Ridge High School                                                    Dysart Unified School District

Shepherd Junior High School                                                 Mesa Public Schools

Schools of Excellence

 

SCHOOL                                                                                DISTRICT

Arizona School for the Arts                                                     Charter

Hamilton High School                                                             Chandler Unified School District

Red Mountain High School                                                     Mesa Public Schools

Westwood High School                                                          Mesa Public Schools