High School Programs

Our high school programs challenge students to be engaged citizens in their democracy. Through project-based and hands-on learning activities, students learn important leadership skills, such as empathy, balancing conflicting interests, and creative problem-solving.

An engaged citizen:

  • Knows that their voice matters as a citizen.
  • Examines current and controversial issues on the public agenda.
  • Takes responsibility for a shared future.
  • Makes an impact on public issues.

 


Balancing Act (Government)
Time: 2 hours
Location: Morven Park or in the classroom

How do leaders make responsible decisions when faced with a range of different interests, ideas, concerns, and hopes? In “Balancing Act” students take on the role of County Commissioner and work as a team to make decisions affecting their constituents, taking into consideration zoning, taxes, and citizen concerns. This program is a great fit for teaching students about local government, city planning, economics and collaborative problem-solving!

This program aligns to the following Virginia SOLs: EPF.1 (a-c), EPF.7 (c), GOVT.1 (f-j), GOVT.8 (b-d)

EMAIL US to discuss scheduling options for this program.


The Advocacy Game (U.S. History)
Time: 3 lessons or full day program at Morven Park
Location: Morven Park or in the classroom

Advocacy is one of the most powerful tools for affecting change. In this program, students travel back in time to the Progressive Era and examine challenging public issues of the time. Working in teams, students deliberate the issue, create their own solution and present a period-inspired advocacy campaign.

This program aligns to the following Virginia SOLs: VUS.1 (a, e, f, i), VUS.8 (b, d), English 11.2 (a-d), English 11.6 (a-e)

EMAIL US to discuss scheduling options for this program.


Agenda Setters (Government)
Time: Six Lessons
Location: Morven Park and in the classroom

In this interactive and real-world project, students become advocates for public causes that they want to solve. Throughout this learning experience, students examine what it means to be an advocate, how to identify an issue or idea that they feel passionate about, how they can share their voice with their community to engage decision makers and inspire their peers, and the steps to take action and implement solutions to real-world problems. This program meets the standards for an LCPS One to the World experience.

This program aligns to the following Virginia SOLs GOVT.1 (a, c-e, g-j), GOVT.8 (d-e), GOVT.9 (g), GOVT.16 (d-g)

EMAIL US to discuss scheduling options for this program.