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Civicorps Schools promotes citizenship and builds a civil society by creating educational models that draw upon the power of service as a way of learning.
An educated citizenry is the cornerstone of a healthy democracy. Students who learn not only academic knowledge but also their potential for changing the world become capable, caring citizens.
These beliefs shape the guiding principles of Civicorps Schools and are embodied in the model we create through:
- Academic excellence
- Artistic literacy
- Values, ethics, and spiritual development necessary to thoughtful citizenship in a pluralistic, democratic society
- Service as a way of learning
- Participation in the life of the school and the community through stewardship of the environment
- Creative partnerships in sustaining public education
We are a unique learning community spanning grades K-5 and dedicated to addressing the needs of the whole child in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust. We believe that children learn best when they are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a variety of settings. In brief, we emphasize three kinds of literacy - academic, artistic and civic ; and we educate our students for active and engaged citizenship in a pluralistic democracy. Our school was founded through the vision of Joanna Lennon, Executive Director of Civicorps Schools and Rich Lodish, principal of Sidwell Friends Lower School in Washington DC, among many other distinguished participants in the creation of this program. Adventures in the Creation of a Charter School is an excerpt from an essay by Rich Lodish which describes the amazing birth of Civicorps Elementary School (formerly East Bay Conservaton Corps Charter School).
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