On August third Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas announced that thirty Arizona public schools are being recognized as 2014-2015 Arizona Civic Engagement schools by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Excellence in Civic Engagement Program (ECEP). Currently in its third year, ECEP recognizes and supports the important role schools play in ensuring that students are informed and engaged citizens.
“The ECEP program highlights what I feel is a critical function of our public education system, which is to ensure that when students leave school to pursue further education or their chosen career they are able to contribute to our great nation as active citizens,” said Superintendent Douglas. “These honorees should be very proud of their accomplishments, and I hope that other schools across Arizona will look to them as models when emphasizing civic learning in their classrooms.”
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, 16 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 17, 2015— Constitution Day.
For more information about ADE’s Excellence in Civic Engagement Program, please visit www.azed.gov/civicengagement.
Arizona Civic Engagement Schools 2014-2015
Schools of Merit
Arizona Charter Academy – Charter
Benson High School – Benson Unified School District
Boulder Creek High School – Deer Valley Unified School District
Carson Junior High – Mesa Public Schools
Chandler High School – Chandler Unified School District
East Valley Academy – Mesa Public Schools
Franklin Junior High – Mesa Public Schools
Imagine Prep-Surprise – Charter
Kino Junior High – Mesa Public Schools
Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies – Mesa Public Schools
Mesa High School – Mesa Public Schools
Sandra Day O’Connor High School – Deer Valley Unified School District
Shadow Ridge High School – Dysart Unified School District
Stapley Junior High – Mesa Public Schools
Westar Elementary School – Liberty Elementary School District
Taylor Junior High – Mesa Public Schools
Schools of Distinction
Dobson High School – Mesa Public Schools
Hamilton High School – Chandler Unified School District
Mountain View High School – Mesa Public Schools
New School for the Arts and Academics – Charter
Red Mountain High School – Mesa Public Schools
Safford IB Magnet School – Tucson Unified School District
Shepherd Junior High – Mesa Public Schools
Smith Junior High – Mesa Public Schools
South Mountain High School – Phoenix Union High School District
Westwood High School – Mesa Public Schools
Schools of Excellence
Arizona School for the Arts – Charter
Rhodes Junior High – Mesa Public Schools
Skyline High School – Mesa Public Schools
Tanque Verde High School – Tanque Verde Unified School District