Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman today announced that 31 Arizona public schools are being recognized as 2017-18 Arizona Civic Engagement schools by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Excellence in Civic Engagement Program (ECEP). Now in its sixth year, ECEP recognizes and supports the important role schools play in ensuring that students are informed and engaged members of their communities.
“I am immensely proud of these schools, teachers and especially the students for their outstanding achievement in the subject area of civics,” Superintendent Hoffman said. “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.”
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 will be 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 www.azed.gov/civicengagement.
Excellence in Civic Engagement Program Award Recipients 2017-18
Schools of Merit
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
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
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