The Arizona Seal of Civics Literacy program recognizes high school students who achieve a high level of proficiency in Civics. The seal is placed upon the student's diploma and noted on their transcript.
Any PUBLIC school, charter, or district may choose to participate but they must complete the INTENT TO PARTICIPATE FORM by September 1 of the participating year.
Schools/districts must develop their own process for collecting student data and distributing the seals. Public school districts and charters must designate at least one individual to serve as the Coordinator of the Program.
Participating school districts and charters must make information regarding the Seal of Personal Finance program available to parents and students.
Schools/Districts must report seal data through the REPORTING FORM no later than 90 days after the school year or by September 1.
Students must complete all requirements during grades 9-12. The only requirement that can be completed prior to 9th grade is passage of the Arizona Civics Test.
Students must complete all high school social studies courses with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale.
Students must obtain a passing score of 70% on the Arizona Civics Test. If graduating in in 2024 or 2025, you only need to pass with a 60%.
Students must meet the specific requirements from each of the 4 categories.
Civics Learning (Complete/Participate in 3)
Civics Engagement (Complete/Participate in 2)
Service-Learning Hours (75 Non-Paid Hours)
Written Reflection (Demonstrate Students Civic Knowledge)
Students must complete or participate in at least three approved civics learning programs or institutes that specifically focus on civics content and learning (view the Arizona State Standards for guidance on the definition of civics education).
This must be other than a traditional senior government course. AP Government is an acceptable program with a score of 3 or above but is not required.
Some potential programs and institutes include: participation in civics summer institutes/intensive programs, participation in school-sponsored extra-curricular civics-based activities, and online/in-person courses focused on civics education (other than the traditional government course).
Students are not required to participate in an institute or program that requires travel.
Approved Programs and Institutes:
CIVICS SUMMER INSTITUTES/INTENSIVE PROGRAMS
School-Sponsored co- and Extra-Curricular Civics-Based Programs
Programs, institutes, and initiatives not on this list must be approved by the Arizona Department of Education. Contact [email protected] or the Director of K-12 Social Studies and World and Native Languages.
Students must participate in two (2) approved civic engagement activities.
Civic engagement activities are defined as activities:
Where students engage with community members (virtually or in-person).
That must be validated by a supervisor or leader.
Where students are practicing civics and participating in civics (demonstrating their knowledge).
That occurs outside of class time.
If an civic engagement activity is not on the list but meets the requirements, it is approvesd. There is such a variety of ways for students to participate in civic engagement, the list is practically endless!
Civics engagement activities can also be competed through Category 1 program/groups. For example: A student may be in the Student Government which counts as category 1 and the student government decides to host a get-out-the-vote campaign on campus which counts as category 2.
Civic engagement activities and organizations not on this list must be approved by the Arizona Department of Education. Contact [email protected] or the Director of K-12 Social Studies and World and Native Languages.
Students must complete 75 hours of service learning/community service (non-paid hours) between grade 9-12.
Hours must be completed for a public agency or charitable organization that serves the public good.
Districts/schools should provide a template for documenting these hours.
Hours can be accumulated by activities completed for Categories One or Two
For example: If our student government student (cetegory 1) participates in a get-out-the-vote campaign (category 2) on campus but takes 8 hours on a Saturday to fill envelopes with voting pamphlets, this experience would gain the student 8 hours of service (cetergory 3). This shows how civics learning and engagement overlap!
For questions about service learning/community service hours, contact [email protected] or the Director of K-12 Social Studies and World and Native Languages.
Participating students must complete a written reflection on their experiences earning the Arizona State Seal of Civics Literacy.
Districts/schools are responsible for designing the process for assigning and collecting the written reflection.
Formal Seal from the Arizona Department of Education
The Arizona Department of Education will contact those districts/schools who participated and will request an unofficical count of students recieving the Seal of Civics Literacy in April. Foil sticker seals will be sent in the beginning of May to be added to student Diplomas.
Optional Recognitions for Seal of Civics Literacy
The Arizona Department of Education does not supply any of the following options. A local district or school may provide these items to their students that earn the Seal of Civics Literacy.
Triple wrapped graduation cord - Colors for the Seal of Civics Literacy can be red, white, and blue.
Certificates issued to students earning the Seal of Civics Literacy
Medals for the Seal of Civics Literacy
Recognition ceremony or assembly
Mention in a local paper
Banner with student names that earned the Seal of Civics Literacy
If a student receives test data after school has ended (AP or IB exams for example), they still earn the Seal. They can return their diploma to their school to have the Seal of Civics Literacy attached. The transcripts would also be updated by the district/school once the tests have been recorded.