More than 50 California public elementary, middle, and high schools are being recognized with this year’s Civic Learning Awards.

Co-sponsored by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, the awards celebrate public schools’ efforts to engage K-12 students in civic learning and identify models that can be replicated in other schools.

Schools receiving Awards of Excellence, the highest level, will receive a visit from the Chief Justice. They are:

  • Eastman Avenue Elementary School, Los Angeles County
  • Natomas Pacific Pathways Middle/High School, Sacramento County
  • Pacifica High School, Orange County

Schools receiving Awards of Distinction are:

  • Antioch Charter Academy II, Contra Costa County
  • Los Angeles Leadership Academy, Los Angeles County
  • Pacific High School, San Bernardino County
  • El Camino Creek Elementary School, San Diego County
  • Flora Vista Elementary School, San Diego County
  • Oak Grove Middle School, San Diego County

In addition, 47 schools received Awards of Merit.

“When I first became a judge, I was surprised by how often I needed to explain the independent and impartial role of the courts,” said Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye. “As Chief Justice, I decided to make civics and civic engagement a priority. The schools receiving these awards have made it a priority as well, and are helping their students become the future leaders and protectors of our democracy.”

“Civic education plays a critical role in preparing our youth to be active and informed community members, participate in our democracy, and make a difference in the world,” added State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. “The number of schools taking part in these efforts is truly inspiring and exemplifies the importance we should place on civic education.”

Launched at the 2013 Civic Learning Summit, the awards program is part of the Chief Justice’s civic learning initiative and partnership with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.