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Award of Excellence 2023
Maple Creek Elementary School, Fresno County
Clovis Unified School District

The Chief Justice of California and State Superintendent of Public Instruction co-sponsor the Civic Learning Awards for California public schools. The award recognizes school-driven civic learning efforts to engage students in civic learning. To apply, schools describe how they faced and overcame challenges, engaged students to identify issues in their community (and think critically about solutions), and implement the six research-based proven practices in civic learning, as outlined in the Guardians of Democracy Report.


Emphasis is placed on the depth and breadth of their efforts, and most award-winning schools require their entire student body to receive at least one high-quality civic education experience during the school year.

Applications are posted in late February and are due on March 31. Honors are announced on May 1, Law Day. The awards program is made possible with support of the California Lawyers Foundation. 

chief justice standing with students inside classroom with award

A day they'll remember.

A day students and teachers alike will remember! Schools of Excellence receive a visit from California Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero. Schools of Distinction and Merit are presented their award by representatives from the local courts, with district superintendent office representatives and usually a film crew or two (see videos below)!

Award of Excellence 2023
Gilbert High School, Orange County

Anaheim Union High School District

The 2024 Award Goes to...

Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero and judges from the California Courts will visit 2024 Honorees this September to commemorate Constitution Month.

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