The Illinois Civic Mission Coalition (ICMC) has recognized Barrington High School as an Illinois Democracy School.
Democracy Schools provide students with authentic experiences in the rights, responsibilities, and tensions inherent to living in a democracy. Participating schools are vigilant in creating opportunities and experiences that empower students to nurture and sustain our democracy, including: engaging in current and controversial issue discussions, participating in democratic simulations, and providing service learning opportunities.
Since 2006, 75 Illinois high schools have successfully completed a school-wide civic assessment to be recognized as Democracy Schools.
“We commend Barrington High School for their tenacity and enthusiasm in expanding and improving civic learning across the curriculum and throughout Illinois,” said Sonia Mathew, Civic Learning Manager at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “Through these practices and experiences student see first-hand the critical role they play in shaping government and society.”
“We are thrilled to join the Democracy Schools Network and we look forward to helping our students become participants in their democracy,” said John Roncone, BHS Social Studies Department Chair. “We will use discussions, simulations, and other learning experiences to help our kids become civic contributors as they grow into young adults.”