Our citizen-scholars are prepared with explicit knowledge, skills, and dispositions to take leadership roles in civil society and democratic institutions upon graduation from college.
Democracy Prep Public Schools was founded with the explicit mission of preparing our responsible citizen-scholars for success in the college of their choice and a life of active citizenship.
Each Democracy Prep school has a civic education coordinator who creates and implements our civics curriculum for each campus and tracks our citizen-scholars’ long-term civic dispositions. Knowledge and skills alone aren’t enough. Our scholars need to feel an obligation to be true and authentic citizens of a community.
The American Enterprise Institute recently identified Democracy Prep as one of the nation’s leaders in civic education. The institute published a policy paper entitled “Charter Schools As Nation Builders: Democracy Prep And Civic Education,” which highlights our focus on both abstract citizenship and operational citizenship.
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On the civics website, you will be able to find resources on current events, such as the Black Lives Matter movement and the November election. There is detailed information on the civics program team and opportunities to contribute. Check out our website by clicking on the link below.
Our citizen-scholars first learn important civic-knowledge to gain an understanding of our system of government. We then provide them with authentic opportunities to apply their civic skills in ways that are essential to becoming an engaged citizen. These skills include oral testimony in front of a public body, lobbying, campaign work, and others.
The Democracy Prep community stands in solidarity with all social justice movements. We stand–unabashedly against racial profiling, police brutality, and any other form of racialized disparity in the criminal justice system. We will continue to engage in these painful but necessary conversations about structural inequity, community empowerment, and racial identity to prepare our scholars to be the next generation of changemakers. Please visit the black lives matter civics page to view resources and actions steps that can help make a difference.