Social Studies Department Receives Prestigious National Award
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 (Fort Myers, FL) Bishop Verot Catholic High School is pleased to announce that the school's Social Studies department, chaired by faculty member Greg Jones, recently received an award for Civic Education by the National Catholic Honor roll.
Last spring, Bishop Verot Catholic High School gathered information from its Theology department and the Social Studies department to enter the Catholic High School Honor Roll. The national non-profit research organization, chaired by a distinguished advisory board of Catholic college presidents and Catholic scholars, ranks Catholic high schools from around the country based on the criteria of academic excellence, Catholic identity, and civic education.
The honor roll was founded to recognize that the best schools offer more than the strong academic preparation, for which Catholic education is well known. Rather, the most effective schools also have a vibrant school culture shaped by Catholic identity. and offer sound civic training that help prepare students to live their faith in the world. "Bishop Verot has excelled in the area of Civic education area and deserves to be recognized for its accomplishments," said Honor Roll spokesperson Anthony Pienta.
Bishop Verot's social studies department offers eight courses including Law Studies, AP U.S. History, AP European History, and AP Comparative Government. Greg Jones, Verot's Social Studies department chairman, said, "one of the most important principals that we teach in the classroom is developing an awareness of our social responsibilities, particularly when exercising the right to vote. We instill in our students the value of this right as an opportunity to shape our country by the beliefs that have been instilled in us as Catholics."
Bishop Verot is one of only ten other Catholic high schools in the nation to earn this prestigious award for Civic education in 2009.