The Illinois Civic Mission Coalition (ICMC) has recognized Belvidere North High School as a 2017 Illinois Democracy School.
Democracy Schools are recognized for providing students with authentic experiences in the rights, responsibilities and tensions inherent in living in a constitutional democracy. Through these experiences, participating schools strive to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for informed, effective engagement in our democracy. Belvidere North High School is one of only 67 Illinois high schools to have successfully completed a school-wide civic assessment and subsequently be recognized as a Democracy School. BNHS will receive a stipend from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to invest in high quality civic learning initiatives, as well as a banner for public display.
Democracy Schools foster a school climate that nurtures and models civic dispositions and builds strong relationships within the surrounding community. These schools provide students with various opportunities to participate in the democratic process such as engaging in current and controversial issue discussions, participating in democratic simulations and providing service learning opportunities. Though these practices, student see first-hand the critical role they play in shaping government and society.