Excellence in civics learning has earned Cabrillo High School an official “Democracy School” designation from the Los Angeles County Office of Education and the Bechtel Foundation.
The school’s civics team will accept a banner and plaque on Saturday, April 30 at the Reagan Presidential Library as part of the California Civic Learning Statewide Showcase. Students, educators and community members are invited to see how schools are implementing civic learning and preparing students for civic life.
The 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. event will include student presentations that feature the California Democracy School Civic Learning Initiative directed by LACOE. Cabrillo earned its new designation after implementing the program this year and showcasing it during a recent visit by a California Democracy School accreditation team.
Cabrillo is the only Long Beach school to earn the designation and one of the first to earn it statewide.
In another first for the high school, the Cabrillo Academy of Law and Justice, or CAL-J, hosted the first Long Beach High School Intramural Mock Trial Competition this month. The contest included teams from Cabrillo, Poly and Millikan high schools as well as the California Academy of Mathematics and Science. Judging was provided by legal professionals, with a final session in Cabrillo’s recently dedicated courtroom. The event was sponsored by Keesal, Young and Logan, and by Tredway, Lumsdaine and Doyle LLP.