ALTON — The Illinois Civic Mission Coalition has recognized Alton High School as a 2016 Illinois Democracy School.
Democracy Schools are recognized for providing students with authentic experiences in the rights, responsibilities and tensions inherent in living in a constitutional democracy. Through these experiences, participating schools strive to equip students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for informed, effective engagement in democracy.
Since 2006, 54 Illinois high schools have successfully completed a school-wide civic assessment and have been subsequently recognized as Democracy Schools.
Alton High School will receive a stipend from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which convenes the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition, to invest in high-quality civic learning initiatives, as well as a banner for public display.
“We are very proud of our Alton High students and teachers for this recognition,” Alton Superintendent Mark Cappel said. “Civic responsibility is a focal area for high school students and to be named as an Illinois Democracy School is certainly an honor.”
Democracy Schools foster a school climate that nurtures and models civic dispositions and builds strong relationships within the surrounding community. These schools provide students with opportunities to participate in the democratic process such as engaging in current and controversial issue discussions, participating in democratic simulations and providing service learning opportunities. Though these practices, student see first-hand the critical role they play in shaping government and society.